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Family and Games Room Ideas and Designs

If you’re lucky enough to have more than one reception room then you have a bit more freedom when deciding what to do with your secondary space. Families with children or just young-at-heart adults could opt for a family room or games room; whether it’s a pool or snooker table room, a comfy relaxation or TV area, a video games haven, a playroom packed with toys or a sports room with accompanying bar. Usually games rooms are naturally fun, recreational spaces so it’s important that the furnishings are functional but enjoyable with an emphasis on comfort, storage, games and entertainment. If you have the scope, family room extensions are a great way of extending from your kitchen or other area of your house to create a whole new, dedicated family space or games room. Basements are also wonderfully suited to house games rooms as they are usually soundproof and secluded so that loud games, films and cheers of success or failure won’t be heard next door or upstairs. If you do have, or plan on having, a separate games room, it’s a great opportunity to go to town on the games, entertainment, gadgets and laid back feel you can have in this informal living space. Look through the hundreds of family room ideas and games room ideas on Houzz to help inspire your own project.

What furniture does my family room or games room need?


This should be a relaxing place that promotes fun and socialisation, so fill the room with comfortable seating. Plush armchairs, wide sofas, bean bags and reclining chairs are all great games room ideas that promote R&R. Add coffee tables and side tables for holding glasses and plates (if they’re allowed), books, magazines and all the other knick-knacks that accumulate in a family room. TV stands or media units are great for keeping DVDs, audio systems, gaming consoles and all other gadgetry neat and organised. If you have small children, be mindful of free floor space for any rough-and-tumble and bump-able surfaces. A cosy rug will be a great addition but make sure it doesn’t easily slip under fast moving feet! If you’re going all out for the games room option then the sky’s your limit when it comes to games tables and other gaming equipment. Snooker, billiards and pool tables will keep competitive spirits busy but if you don’t have the room, table football could be a more suitable option. There’s also air hockey, poker tables, table tennis and cribbage tables; simply pick your game of choice. And of course, if you’re a big fan of the arrows a dart board will be a necessity, just make sure you have a safe area to practise in and your walls are well protected!

What family and games room decor should I use?


Photographs, artwork, colour schemes and textures that reflect the essence of your household will add charm and promote a sense of comfort and relaxation for your family. Fill the room with features your family love – films, board games, books, music and perhaps sports memorabilia. Keep decor functional and practical – pristine white upholstery and rugs are probably not the ticket for the hustle and bustle of a games or family room. If you love light or neutral tones family room ideas that could work include light leather sofas, which will be easy to clean in the case of any spills, and soft coloured cushions and throws that can be thrown in the washing machine whenever necessary. If you see your games room as a serious and competitive arena, set the mood with dark and grown up colours such as inky blues and deep greens, as well as lots of mood lighting. If you want the fun and games to stay lighthearted then you can keep your games room bright, colourful and punchy.

How do I create a family or games room space in a small house?


If you don’t have more than one reception room then it may seem out of reach to think about a games or family room design. However, if you have a large kitchen, consider an open plan kitchen family room – just adding a sofa or some comfy chairs and a space to read, watch TV or simply sip your coffee in the morning, will turn your kitchen into a cosy, relaxing family room that’s, most importantly, within easy reach of the fridge and food cupboards. Without a large kitchen or second reception room then it will be up to your living room to provide you with your games room or family space, and this is where storage will be your new best friend. Clever games room ideas such as hidden drawers in sofas; coffee tables and benches that store games, toys and DVDs; and clever media centres that hide away your TV, DVD players, consoles and Hi-Fi systems; can help make the room become more formal on separate occasions.

Take a look through the photos on Houzz to get some great games room and family room ideas and inspiration. You may find the family or games room design you’ve been looking for and you can contact the professional that designed it to see if they can create something similar for you.
Victorian family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls, a standard fireplace and a metal fireplace surround.

Victorian family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls, a standard fireplace and a metal fireplace surround.
curtains. colour of picture rails - nadine_adams56

Design ideas for a small classic family and games room in Hertfordshire with grey walls, a built-in media unit, a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace surround.

Design ideas for a small classic family and games room in Hertfordshire with grey walls, a built-in media unit, a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace surround.
lounge white - webuser_456109999

Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary open plan family and games room in Hertfordshire with a music area, black walls, porcelain flooring, a ribbon fireplace, a metal fireplace surround, no tv and grey floors.

Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary open plan family and games room in Hertfordshire with a music area, black walls, porcelain flooring, a ribbon fireplace, a metal fireplace surround, no tv and grey floors.

Photo of a rustic family and games room in London.

Photo of a rustic family and games room in London.
It's an idea for the roof sealing and pillers - amesabbah

Inspiration for a classic open plan family and games room in London with white walls and light hardwood flooring.

The key with this kitchen was to keep the flow of the open plan living and to embrace the garden views outside, by creating a social area with the snack top on the island. Where the kitchen is not overpowering the living room space but enhancing the balance between entertaining and cooking. tonymurrayphotography
greys and blue accent furniture - sportalepies

Inspiration for a large contemporary open plan family and games room in London with white walls, dark hardwood flooring, a freestanding tv and brown floors.

Daniel Sellam
Inspiration for a large contemporary open plan family and games room in London with white walls, dark hardwood flooring, a freestanding tv and brown floors.
Living room configuration - paint built-ins? - caroline_walter56

Photo of a large nautical open plan family and games room in Other with white walls, light hardwood flooring, a wood burning stove, a stone fireplace surround, a freestanding tv and beige floors.

Photo of a large nautical open plan family and games room in Other with white walls, light hardwood flooring, a wood burning stove, a stone fireplace surround, a freestanding tv and beige floors.
Small raised wood burner on shelf also used for tv and storage below. - gabrielle49

Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary open plan family and games room in London with grey walls, concrete flooring, a wall mounted tv and grey floors.

Peter Landers Photography
Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary open plan family and games room in London with grey walls, concrete flooring, a wall mounted tv and grey floors.
New room config with burner tho - claire_campbell11

Photo of a classic family and games room in London with a reading nook and light hardwood flooring.

Photo of a classic family and games room in London with a reading nook and light hardwood flooring.
Love the in-built storage design with internal lights - webuser_482331260

Design ideas for a classic family and games room in London with grey walls, a ribbon fireplace and a wall mounted tv.

Layering and texture feature prominently in the formal living room of our elegant Broad Walk family home. Over scaled black metal and marble consoles with scroll leg detail were made bespoke for either side of the fireplace and alongside the large sofas, which are upholstered in soft leather with luxurious cushions and cashmere throws. Sleek window treatments fall straight to the floor and highlight the curves of the door to the patio. Photography by Richard Waite
Build in screen tv wall and maybe arch doors? - lucy_murray91

Medium sized classic family and games room in London with grey walls, carpet, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a freestanding tv and grey floors.

Medium sized classic family and games room in London with grey walls, carpet, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround, a freestanding tv and grey floors.
Serene and sophisticated colors with clean lines - webuser_93650740

Design ideas for a traditional family and games room in Surrey.

Design ideas for a traditional family and games room in Surrey.
Clever window seats with bookshelves - info527980

Design ideas for a contemporary mezzanine family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls, no fireplace and no tv.

Nathalie Priem Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary mezzanine family and games room in London with a reading nook, white walls, no fireplace and no tv.
Like the idea of the stairs being u-shaped to cover less floor space - adam_hicken

Photo of a beach style open plan family and games room in Devon with white walls, light hardwood flooring, no fireplace and a built-in media unit.

Richard Downer
Photo of a beach style open plan family and games room in Devon with white walls, light hardwood flooring, no fireplace and a built-in media unit.
Tongue and groove sitting room panelling - karen_jeffery49

This is an example of a medium sized classic enclosed family and games room in London with multi-coloured walls, dark hardwood flooring, a wall mounted tv, brown floors and a standard fireplace.

Games room and 'Man Cave' ideal for storing sprts equipment and watching a movie. Tim Clarke-Payton
This is an example of a medium sized classic enclosed family and games room in London with multi-coloured walls, dark hardwood flooring, a wall mounted tv, brown floors and a standard fireplace.
Logging Effect works well! - aaronjfgraham

Traditional family and games room in Kent.

Traditional family and games room in Kent.

Medium sized eclectic enclosed family and games room in Berkshire with blue walls, vinyl flooring, a wood burning stove, a stone fireplace surround and brown floors.

Adam Carter Photography & Philippa Spearing Styling
Medium sized eclectic enclosed family and games room in Berkshire with blue walls, vinyl flooring, a wood burning stove, a stone fireplace surround and brown floors.
Different colours on wing back chairs - delgany1

Inspiration for a traditional open plan family and games room in Surrey with a game room, beige walls and grey floors.

Unique Home Stays
Inspiration for a traditional open plan family and games room in Surrey with a game room, beige walls and grey floors.

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