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This is a really timely article. More and more of us are staying home and not spending money on the movies or vacations. Why not a game room with family game night.


More and more families are rediscovering game time. It's a great way to spend quality time together, and it's a lot of fun! Here are some great ways to set up a game room in your own home, without having to take out a home loan!

Find a space in your home where you can have games easily available and even leave some set up permanently. This can be anything from a guest room, to a garage space, to an attic, or even a corner of your family room. Look in little nooks like under the stairs, or against an empty wall.

A pool table is wonderful fun for both kids and adults alike, but can be very expensive. The discount stores now carry some less expensive styles, and you can often find used ones in the classifieds. Smaller versions are also available if room is a priority. If you can't afford a pool table or a pinball machine, or don't have that kind of room, consider setting up a game table. You can either put up a cheap card table and cover it with inexpensive tablecloths or sheets, or can bring out an unused dining table and remove some of the leaves. A large basket in the center of the table can hold simple and inexpensive games such as cards, puzzles, Jenga, or Monopoly. Keeping the games easily accessible encourages family and friends to use them, rather than automatically turn on the tv!

If your game room is more a game "corner" simply dress the game table in fabric to coordinate with the rest of the room. Perhaps a whimsical sign above the table to declare your game area would be appropriate for the room.

If your do have a spare room to create a separate "Game Room", how lucky are you! Try choosing a rustic theme for your room, such as Irish Pub, or Mountain Lodge. Use rich colors on the walls. Add a small table to set snacks and drinks. Make sure you have several seats in the room to allow weary game players to rest. Check out garage sales for mismatched chairs you can pick up for just dollars. Paint rustic signs for charm, or hang old sports equipment on the walls. (You know you were just dying to throw out those old cleats!) Pick up cheap games for the little ones from the dollar shop to keep them busy while the older ones are involved in their pursuits, so everyone can be together. Hang an inexpensive basketball hoop with a sponge ball on the back of the door; you can pick these up at a dollar shop or discount store.

A game room does not have to cast a fortune, and can help mold memories and relationships within your family that will last a lifetime! So pull out the Life, set out the Go Fish cards, and pour everyone a tall lemonade. It's game night!
 
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We will be converting the garage into a "family" room with tv, game systems, and games. This artical is just what we plan on doing. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Wow! That's great. The whole garage, my husband would never give up his garage. Your family is going to have a great time.

Our house is really small and we use our dining room for several different purposes not a dining room. I was hoping that I could find a way to put a small table by the window for board games, or maybe when we do a puzzle. Put a little sign above the window saying gameroom. Maybe make color copies of the board game boxes (reduced to size) at Staples and frame them and put them in a set of 3's down the side of the window. Our boys would get a kick out of it.

For the table part I'm still struggling with ideas. A card table would be way too much for that small space. I was thinking that I'd get a table round from home depot. They come small. I have not figured out the pedestal part yet. Having legs would take up too much room. Still got some details to hammer out.

I'm open to ideas
 

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We took the carport area of our home and walled it in. That is now our game room. It's 19x19. We have a smaller pool table in it. My sister had bought a house that had one and I told her if she didn't want it we did. Well they kept it for 6 months or so. It also had a smaller type pinball machine. Hubby wants to put in a jukebox with our own cd's in it. That will be down the road. We also want to get a popcorn machine like at the movies. Yumm yumm. Our family loves it when we have get togethers. We also have darts on the wall. There is a small antique table set up to sit and visit or watch the pool game. Darrell saw a Cleveland Browns pop machine at Sears. Where you have to pay .50 for a can of pop. I thought that would be fun too. We don't go out much, hubby and me so this is a perfect way to have friends over and have stuff to do. Also great for teenagers. I'd much rather them all be here and know what and who they are around. I want to really decorate it but not sure what theme to use. I thought a soda fountain type, 50's diner theme would be fun. We've also seen a small counter type table with 2 stools would be nice in a corner of the room. They have these at Hobby Lobby. But, it would be fun to decorate it by searching flea markets and yard sales. That is what my hubby and I do for fun. It's so nice to have a target of what you're looking for. It's so neat to find that special find. Wonderful idea a game room. We've loved ours.
That table round you are talking about you could use a piece of plywood and then hodge podge things onto the table with glue and then put a piece of glass or something on it. I've been to an area restaurant that was an old school cafeteria they took old pics of teachers, students, and glued them down. It was so neat. You could take pics of friends or family playing games, put some cards down on it, like a royal flush, 4 aces, or poker chips, etc.
 
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