The work from home trend is seemingly here for good. If you’re like a lot of virtual workers, finding a dedicated office space is out of the question.
So, which room in your house or apartment should serve double-duty as your workspace?
- The bedroom? No, too personal and tempting to take that mid-day nap.
- The kitchen? Potentially too messy. Plus, the fridge is always there, calling to you.
- The living room? Not if you’re easily distracted by the television (hello unlimited Netflix!).
If you’re into gaming and you also want your home office to double as a game room – either for video games or for board game nights and relaxing – then this post provides some creative ideas on how you utilize the space and make the most of it.
Home offices can be both comfortable and flexible, and with a bit of careful planning in terms of convertible spaces, storage, and seating options, you will find that your home office can easily double up as a games room. Let’s explore how.
How to Create a Game Room in Your Home Office
Build Create Convertible Spaces
Firstly, consider the layout of the space and how it can switch between office and gaming requirements.
Multi-use screens and projectors are absolutely key here, because they let you change the whole purpose of the room. By using monitors with multiple input sources, you will be able to toggle between work- and play-mode simply and quickly. Think about the easiest ways to alter your monitor input so that it’s simple to switch over to your Playstation or Xbox when five PM rolls around and you want to start winding down.
You will probably want to program a remote to do this with just a click or two, making it easy to swap your projector or monitors to displaying your game.
For turning on your gaming station, consider something like this BN-LINK Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch, which lets you turn on electrical outlets from across the room with just one button. This is a great way to make all your “gaming stuff” come to life all at once at the end of the workday.
Mood lights, controller charging points, and anything else you need; you’ve got it at the touch of a button.
Implement Game Room Storage
You don’t want work folders splayed all over a desk or couch when you’re trying to relax, so what can you do to get them out of sight? Our second home office game room idea is to create a simple cupboard is often a great solution; if you can close the doors, this makes it look so much more organized, and hides everything away.
Alternatively, a rolling trolley that can be pushed beneath your desk or tucked in a corner will also work. In a pinch, a bookcase will do, but this is less effective at hiding your work.
The Honey-Can-Do Rolling Storage Cart is a fantastic multi-purpose storage bin, as it offers plenty of convenient and organized storage space. You can put different areas of work in different drawers, but it’s an ideal size for either wheeling into another room when you want to game, or slipping underneath your desk.
If you’d prefer a more professional looking but fixed option, a 7-Drawer Dresser might work for you. This model comes in solid gray, meaning it is unobtrusive and plain enough to stay in a gaming room, but it also has plenty of organized space for your files and folders.
Paired with some Stackable Storage Bamboo Drawers to get all your office stationery “out of sight, out of mind,” you’ll find your home office converts into a gaming room in the blink of an eye. Simply shove any work you were using in the dresser drawers or on the cart, toss pens and pencils back into the bamboo drawer, and flick on your game station.
If it’s your games that you need to get out of view, you might like this taller Atlantic Venus Media Storage Cabinet. The full-height doors allow you to tuck a huge amount of games safely out of sight so that you can focus on your work.
Select the Right Seating Options
Fortunately, the seating for working and the seating for playing are getting more and more aligned as experts work out what is good for the back and neck. An ergonomic desk chair is crucial for both comfortable work and comfortable gaming.
For a more budget-friendly option, consider the Amazon Basics Classic Puresoft Padded Mid-back Office Chair, which offers comfort as well as support for whatever you are doing.
If you would like something a little less basic, the AmazonCommercial Ergonomic Infinite Mesh Chair is also a great choice. It looks very swish, too, so it’s perfect for a gaming room.
A third option is the Hbada Office Chair, which has a very modern “game room” aesthetic, at the same time as being genuinely comfortable and supportive.
Gaming rooms and home offices can coexist peacefully as long as you invest in the proper storage and make your projectors and screens multi-use. Good organization makes all the difference here, but fortunately, one thing can stay the same – a high quality office chair to support your back no matter what you happen to be doing.