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Use the square footage wisely. Decide in advance how your space will be used and what from your wish list can make it into the room. Be careful not to overpack it with activities. “Keep in mind that most game tables need anywhere from 3-5 feet of additional space around them, otherwise they can overwhelm a small basement,” says interior designer Letitia Holloway of Myers Design.
Invest in an entertainment-friendly layout. Entertaining many guests in a lower-level game room can be tricky with one television and limited seating. You may want another television above the bar or near the game tables, so everyone has a good view.
Lighting is key. You'll need good lighting to make the right move on game boards. Make sure every table is under the glow of adequate task lighting in addition to ambient lighting for the remainder of the space.
Choose furnishings that double as seating. Pieces that are easy to move around the room, such as ottomans or stools, are helpful, too. This way, guests can pull up a seat to wherever the action is. “Ottomans are a great way to add seating to the group without having to pull out folding chairs,” says Holloway.
Soundproof your space. Noise levels can increase in game rooms. “Minimizing sound between floors can be done in many ways,” says Holloway. “Review options such as upgraded framing, Quiet Rock, added insulation, sound panels and more with your contractor so you can make an informed decision based on cost and importance."
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