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How to build a game room

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Pinball machine lineup in the game room

I just posted up a new guide on how to build a game room:

How to Build A Game Room

Since it wasn’t a normal post and in the guides section, wanted to make sure that people knew it was there now.  I’ll be adding more to it over time, but hopefully there’s enough there now to help people think through things.

As usual, if you have any questions, you can email me.  Thanks

Kid’s playroom under the stairs in the game room

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Playroom under the stairs with the lights off
Playroom under the stairs with the lights off

When I was looking at model houses about 10 years ago, one of the houses we went to had something I’d never seen before, a playhouse under the stairs, complete with it’s own light switch.  Big enough for kids to go in and out but not big enough for out of shape adults, it’s been a hit with visiting kids.  Here’s a picture with the lights on:

Playroom under stairs with lights on
Playroom under stairs, lights on

Here’s the picture of the inside:

Inside the playroom under the stairs
Inside the playroom under the stairs

The opening is 13.5″ inches wide, fyi.  I highly recommend the cardboard bricks as well for the room, as they can be used to block the opening, which kids really seem to like.

Back to the Arcade Neon Sign

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Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned off
Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned off

What says game room more than a neon sign?  And what could be better than a retro Back to the Future sign rethemed to an arcade sign?  I picked this up a while back off a custom neon sign shop, but unfortunately they no longer sell them.  Luckily, they sell them now on ebay.  As far as quality goes, the light sometimes doesn’t turn on the first time but after that it works fine.

Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned on
Back to the Arcade neon sign, turned on

It’s one of my favorite decorations in my game room, and my only neon sign currently.  Hopefully that will change someday.

Searching for “Back to the Arcade Neon Sign” on ebay brings the sign up if you’re interested in buying one.

Movie poster lighted wall alcoves

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Movie poster single lighted wall alcove
Movie poster single lighted wall alcove

When I was building my basement, one of the ideas I had came from a picture I saw online, which was of a lighted alcove with a vase in it.  Looking at it, I thought I could expand the concept to some movie poster lighted wall alcoves.  I’ve got a picture of them below:

Movie poster lighted wall alcoves
Movie poster lighted wall alcoves

I think the frames I was using were some 40″ x 27″ movie poster frames from Bed Bath and Beyond I believe.  They’ve worked pretty well so far.  The downside of doing the alcoves is that in most situations you have to extend out the wall to make space for the posters.  In this situation, I’ve got a GU20 50w can light for the top light, and the spaces are framed out by 2″ x 6″ boards.  The curve was done with some bendable 1/4″ or 1/8″ wood in two separate pieces.

Nebraska Cornhusker Pub Table

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Nebraska Cornhusker Pub Table
Nebraska Cornhusker Pub Table

I got this Nebraska Cornhusker Pub table a while back.  I was running into an issue where people playing ping pong or watching TV needed a table for their drink or a place to sit, and this was the best answer:

nebraska-cornhusker-pub-table-pic-2-large

Obviously I got a Cornhusker one but there are ones for all the major NCAA teams.