A games room is something of a fantasy for many bachelors, and for those of living in poky rented flats, it’s likely to remain just that. However, if you have even a single spare room in your house, there is no reason why you cannot turn the fantasy into reality and create the ideal space for escaping from the daily hassles with some friends. Unless you have lots of unused rooms, choosing the one to use will probably be fairly straightforward (either a cellar or a spare bedroom for most guys), but how should you decorate your new games room?
Most guys don’t lie awake at night dreaming of interior design, and you aren’t going to need to get the thumbs up from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen before you can start filling the space with casino, cue and video games, but you do need to give the layout some thought. Make sure the room has reasonably light-coloured walls, and add a few bits and pieces (say sports flags, trophies and pennants) to give it personality. The lighting needs to be potent enough to see what you are doing, but not so overpowering that it leads to eyestrains and headaches. Finally, think about the seating, as you want this to be comfortable without taking up loads of space – for instance, a two-seater sofa and a couple of armchairs.
You need to be careful that you don’t cram in so many games that you and your mates are unable to move about without squeezing uncomfortably past each other. Both snooker and pool tables are always popular additions, and a lot of people also like to include a card table for casino favourites such as blackjack and poker. However it should be borne in mind that you can play these, roulette, slot machines, baccarat and all other casino games at i-