Sometimes, the square footage of a regularly-sized house may be not enough to handle the space required for the entertainment space.
Although there are some inevitable limits you will face, remember that your recreational room should make up for all those long hours at your job. Because there are many types of games, each of them requires an individual approach, even when speaking of such games like Heroes of the Storm and other desktop titles, like World of Warcraft or Counter-Strike.
It goes without saying that traditional games such as table tennis and pool require more dedicated space but fear not – if your square footage doesn’t allow you to install the king-size snooker championship table, there are still other choices that await your attention.
Let’s see, if you can fit one of them in your recreational area!
Poll tables are available in three standard sizes, which are 9-, 8- and 7-foot. Their dimensions are as it goes:
- 7-foot: 4-foot, 2-inches wide / 7-foot, 4-inches long
- 8-foot: 4-foot, 8-inches wide / 8-foot, 4-inches long
- 9-foot: 5-foot, 2-inches long / 9-foot, 4-inches long
All tables come in the height of 30-inches and need sufficient clear space above it, i.e. 30-inches from hanging light fixtures, at a minimum. Moreover, at least 5-foot clear space around the table and nearby walls with extra 2-feet more space, if the table is placed next to other furnishings, like seating, other game areas, etc. With regards to the overall size of the table and the room required for other dedicated items, you will need approximately 300 square feet (30 square meters) of space.
When it comes to cues and racks, the first should be 4- to 6-feet long, and the latter should make a 12-inches triangle, plus, they have to be showed explicitly within the table area.
Table Tennis, commonly referred to as Ping-Pong, is another space-devouring game, should we want to find room for it. Such tables come in only one size, which is 5.0-inches wide, 9-feet and 6-inches long and 30-inches high. Each side at the end of the table will require 7-feet extra space, at the minimum, and 4-feet of clear space on each side to provide the appropriate traffic flow around the table. To cut the long story short, you will need about 300 square feet (30 square meters) of space for a Ping-Pong table. You may face the statement, in accordance with which you need about 23-feet space in length but this is way too little.
As far as flooring is concerned, you need to be extremely cautious with it. No gloss and darker finishes should be taken into consideration. You have to keep the white ball visible and prevent your game partners from having their knees, ankles or elbows injured, should they slide accidentally over the floor. Also, invest in halogen lighting that ranges from 150 to 500 lumens on the top of the surface – as much as natural light may suffice during the day, it will not be enough, come late evenings.
Also known as Foosball, it is rather modest in its dimensional demands. The playing area requires to be, as it follows:
- 48-inches long
- 27-inches wide
- 6-inches deep (more or less)
The overall dimension of fossball tables should be from 54 to 60-inches long and 30 to 36-inches wide. However, you must exclude the protruding handles that help you control the artificial players on the field. As far as extra space is concerned, ensure 8-inches to the long sides for the handles. Foosball tables come in about 36-inches. To accommodate other players, you should add another 3,5-4-feet on the table’s sides. For the appropriate lighting, use large, diffused, hanging lamps that will allow you to see the field clearly.
More Game Tables
Game tables come in various shapes; you can find hexagonal or even octagonal tables in 42, 48 and 54 inches dimensions and other measurements such as height, at 30-inches. In addition, the type of a game determines, whether there will be some gaming features built into their tops included. You should opt for a mounted design as it’s a perfect fit for game tables; it allows sufficient knee space and movement range around the table. Should you want to incorporate some gaming chairs, they come in regular dining-size shapes, i.e. 20 to 28-inches wide and 24 to 30-inches deep.
The minimum square-footage for a very modest-size game table set is set at 8 square feet. On the other hand, if you’re searching for more comfortable gaming conditions, you should turn to a 10 to 12 square feet area. Consider installing overhead light fixtures with bright, indirect lighting. Nonetheless, natural light shall not be neglected, for it allows you to clearly see cards and write down scores.
Tables for chess and checkers
If you can’t afford so much room for pool, Ping-Pong or foosball yet you fancy intellectual entertainment, you may very well invest in smaller tables that are available for checkers, backgammon, chess, and other less space-demanding games.
Minimum dimensions of a game board for one of these games are 24-square-inches and, as far as the very table is concerned, it should be 2 to 6-inches larger than that. The optimal height for brain-developing games is 30-inches.
You should also pick the right chairs, i.e. the ones that are dining-sized and have the solid back support to help you maintain the healthy composure.
When it comes to lighting, you don’t need such a broad scope as you do for table tennis or foosball; on the other hand, you should provide players with sufficient illumination so that they can see the game field and the necessary pieces.
The overall size of the area should be 4-feet wide and 8-feet long.
Pool tables may be more popular than pinball machines, but there is a significant number of pinball enthusiast that want to have one in their collection. Their size may vary depending on the game type and the complexity level.
Nevertheless, you should ensure space that is at least 30-inches wide and 54-inches deep. The discrepancy in the height range is much wider, though – from 48-inches to 96-inches. When it comes to clear space, you ought to provide the room of at least 36-inches in front of the machine so that you’ll be able to fit your torso as you direct the ball to its destination. Remember that your elbows also need free space, so you should leave about 20-inches on each side of the pinball machine.
Computer and Video Games
If you’re a fan of e-sport gaming and you fancy the high level of convenience while enjoying the conquering of your enemies, you should allow sufficient space for a TV set, a comfortable, sofa, and a small coffee table, on which you could place your favorite snacks.
Speaking of a TV set, opt for a Full-HD, 50-inch screen, and add an ambient sound system with 5 speakers and a subwoofer for the deepest, top-quality sound. Place the subwoofer near the TV cabinet and put the speakers in four corners of the room.
A comfortable, preferably sectional sofa, will be a bliss for your gaming conditions. However, beware of the leather furniture, as it will make a true pain in your neck during the summer months. A large, tufted sofa with solid, anti-scratch surface will do.
You should also add a modest coffee table, on which you will place your snacks and drinks that help you endure the struggle.
People, who play on a laptop, are recommended to buy a computer stand with a cooling mat in order not to overheat their equipment, and maintain the correct body position.
When it comes to lighting, invest in a swag, floor lamp and halogen lights installed along your ceiling and walls on the different angle, to create the magic atmosphere that would accompany you in gaming with your buddies.
While you may not be a video console enthusiast, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some retro gaming experience, by which I mean arcade games. Pac-Man, a classic arcade game, is commonly available for the installation in one’s home, without cluttering the dedicated space, and they are usually put against the wall.
Speaking of sizes, they differ from 24 to 30-inches in width, 20 to 30-inches in depth, and 48 to 60-inches in height. Because the game’s screen is self-lit up, there is no need to apply extra lighting.
For seating, seek a metal, (if you like, it can also be rotary), stool with leather upholstery, as it is the best choice for such a type of games.
If you’re on the verge of creating a recreational room that will compensate the late hours at your job but you’re unsure what you can incorporate into the layout, this guide should highlight some interesting positions.
Whether you’re a fan of brain-developing games or you’re a rather multiplayer video-games geek, you will eventually find the option that will satisfy your needs.