In these app-obsessed times, it’s a refreshing change to actually get together with people in person for some recreation, whether it’s billiards, Dungeons & Dragons, or chess. Ideally, you’d have some space set aside for game playing, and not just the kitchen table—and this can go from basic to truly tricked out.
A classic game room would have items like a pool table, dart board, and a place to keep your beverages cold. But if you really want your game room to stand out, you’ll want to pick out games and accessories that are truly special. Here are some must-have items that can get you started on the road to the ultimate game room.
1. Convertible pool table
A pool table that doubles as a dining table? Ingenious! This Fusion Pool Table ($8,375, Triangle Billiards) can seat several people for a meal or a game of cards.
Ready to play pool? In less than a minute, you can slide the chairs aside, remove the three-part tabletop, and you’re ready for a game of billiards.
The pool table is available in wood and metal finishes. The pool table cloth is available in every color you can imagine, including Academy Blue, khaki, red, black, and Tourney Green.
2. Baseball stadium map
Baseball fans, this one’s for you. There are maps, and then there are maps that commemorate your love of America’s pastime. This vintage-edition baseball stadium map ($149, GeoJango) makes geography a lot more fun than it was when you were in school.
“This unique piece of sports decor highlights the locations of every MLB team and makes a statement on any wall,” says Michael Anderson at GeoJango Maps.
“We include pushpins so people can track which baseball stadiums they’ve visited and which ones are still on their bucket list,” he says. “Additionally, they can add custom text to the label in the lower left-hand corner, which ensures that their map is truly one of a kind.”
And we have good news for NFL, NBA, and NHL fans—stadium maps are available for them, too!
3. Retro mini-refrigerator
Perhaps the only thing cooler than a fridge in your game room is a vintage-inspired fridge ($399, Home Depot) in your game room. You never have to leave your game room with this 7.6-cubic foot beauty that was inspired by the past but designed for the future. It’s Energy Star–certified and includes features you might not expect in such a slim appliance like removable glass shelves and door bins, a produce crisper, and an adjustable thermostat. The fridge is available in red and black, and also comes in a 3.5-cubic foot version.
4. Unique chess set
Depending on your age, as a child, perhaps you used paper and pen to play tic-tac-toe, or played a computerized version on your phone.
Video games are great, but there’s nothing like an intense game of chess to really get the competition going in your game room.
This upscale chess set ($250, Wayfair) can provide hours of entertainment and makes a design statement in your game room. Made of polished maple and walnut wood, the design is so chic that even if you lose, you’re still a winner because you own this stylish take on a classic game.
5. Magnetic dart board
It’s all fun and games until someone gets poked with a dart. You can avoid all of that drama with this magnetic dart board ($13, Wicked Uncle). It’s a great way to help kids, inebriated adults, and just downright bad players avoid a trip to the ER.
“I’m a Brit, so I believe you must have a dart board in your game room, but this is a much safer version that has no sharp ends” says Joel Poznansky, president of Wicked Uncle Gifts, a toy shop in Beltsville, MD.
Each box includes a magnetic dart board, six magnetic darts, and instructions.
6. Storage ottoman
When you need to put those darts and other items away, this storage ottoman ($283, Simpli Home) is one stylish way to hide everything and quickly reduce the clutter.
It’s made of distressed brown faux leather and wooden legs. Lift up the lid to reveal the storage compartment that’s big enough to fit board games, blankets, or anything else you need to hide.
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