Are you looking to convert that old play room into a new movie theatre or game room for your family? Have you recently enclosed your garage in the hopes of transforming the space into the neighborhood hangout? Here are some great DIY ideas that you can work on over the weekend to create the truly one-of-a-kind man cave or game room that everyone will remember.
1. DIY Theatre Seating
You don’t have to be a millionaire to have elevated seating in your home theatre or game room. Instead, use lumber, pallets, and some mattresses to build your own tiered seating plan that will provide everyone with a great view of the game.
2. Repurpose Your Bottles into a Chandelier
“The Bachelor Guy” says that showing off your set of emptied glasses will tell your guests, that you aren’t at the “Ritz-Carlton, but [still] know how to have a good time.”
They don’t have to be beer bottles, of course. You can always use your Top Chico bottles, or glass cola bottles.
3. Create a Hidden Door
There’s something thrilling about having hidden, secret doors that nobody knows about. Often disguised as bookcases in movies, they’re far from imaginary and offer plenty of room to get creative.
4. Build a Snack Bar
As with most game rooms, you have to be careful with your layout and making room for guests. One of the best ways to do that is to build a small bar up against the wall, so that it’s out of the way. Hang a large mirror in front of it to create the illusion of extra space. Add a few barstools, and you’re ready to roll!
5. Create Your Own Set of Furniture
With wooden pallets, the options are limitless when it comes to creativity. One of the easiest ways to incorporate the old wood into your game room is to build your own coffee table and sofas. Save tons of money on new furniture when you find pallets for free through local contractors or shipping companies.
6. Build a Darts Mat Out of Wine Corks
Having a durable mat behind your darts target can protect your wall from the wandering throws from friends. But when it’s made from old, recycled wine corks, it adds a one-of-a-kind flair that nobody else will have!
7. Install a Fold-Away Table (or is it a Picture Frame?)
When your friends drop by to say hi, they see a huge piece of wall art and think nothing of it. But when you’re ready for a game of cards, you walk over, unhinge the latch, and the picture drops down into a fold-out table! A fold away table is the perfect space saver, and nobody will notice a big piece of wood hanging there when it’s not in use.
8. Build a Tire Table With a Hidden Compartment
Always losing the remote? Now you can tuck it away and nobody will know where! This treaded table looks like a tire topped on with a smooth surface, but swing the tabletop back and inside you can hide all your game controllers, with plenty of room for spare batteries when you need
them the most.
9. Acid Stain Your Concrete Floor
Don’t forget the flooring in your new game room! If it’s a garage conversion or enclosed patio, you can take your old concrete surface and acid wash it to look like something brand new. Plus, you can do it all on your own for less than a couple hundred bucks. If you’re artistic, you can even work in outlines and artwork to add extra flair.