If you’re lucky enough to have a spare bedroom in your home, then turning it into a gaming room is a great idea.
Not only does it mean that the rest of your house can be clear of the clutter of consoles, wires, games, keyboards and joysticks, but it gives you a truly dedicated space in your home where you can totally switch off from the outside world and start gaming.
But before you can call your spare bedroom your gaming room, there are a few things you need to buy. We’ve rounded up five of the most important to give you a helping hand…
Kitting out your gaming den with some special lighting is a great way to properly immerse yourself into your favorite titles and get more out of your sessions, so go all out and choose some awesome lighting to place around your gaming monitor and desk.
Modern set-ups can even be customized to change color according to your mood, music, or the time of day, so shop around and opt for quality LED bulbs that won’t conk out in the middle of a boss fight.
A proper gaming chair
The average gamer spends more than three hours a day in front of their computer, so a good gaming chair is essential not only for your comfort but your body, too.
Slouch on the couch and you could end up with a sore back, or try to game in an office chair and never get comfy (more on the differences between office chairs and gaming chairs).
Sure, gaming chairs are more expensive than run-of-the-mill office chairs, but they offer more support for gaming binges and flexibility to help you keep up with the action, whatever you’re playing.
Now you’ve got the perfect chair, you need to think about your monitor.
Whether you’re a PC gamer or you prefer consoles, having the right display is one of the most important things to consider when kitting out a gaming room – if your monitor sucks, then you’re not going to get the most out of your gameplay.
Depending on your play style and the games you’re playing, you might choose a television instead of a PC monitor, or even a projector if you’ve got the space.
We recommend a 4K television or an 8K gaming monitor if your budget can stretch – they’re pricey so you’ll need to save up, but you’ll get your money’s worth in the long-run.
A decent headset
Unless you’re planning to install surround-sound speakers to blast out your favorite game’s soundtrack at all hours of the day, we recommend investing in a decent headset for your adventures.
Pop into your local technology store and find a headset that’s comfortable and made from quality, durable materials – and test the audio input and output if you can.
If you’re often playing when other folks are at home, noise-cancelling headphones are the way to go.
Finally, why not deck out your new gaming room with some merchandise and decorations from your favourite titles and studios?
Decals, posters, wall-art and pop vinyl shelves can all be used to inject some personality into your gaming room and create a ‘hall of fame’ of the games you’ve mastered.
If you’re really invested in one game, like an MMO, then you could even pay to have your character to be 3D printed and let him sit by you when you’re slaying creatures, chatting with friends on TeamSpeak and completing quests. That’s dedication!