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Livin Lodge Basement Remodel: Game Room

Updated on August 23, 2010

Basement Game Room

The basement game room ranks high in importance and necessity in my series, Livin Lodge Basement Remodel. A basement just isn't complete without a family friendly game area that also provides loads of fun when entertaining. With a rustic décor, a game room just adds lodge like fun giving the feel of a real resort.

When doing a basement remodel or starting a brand new basement, the number one thing to consider with a game room is size. You must have the appropriate amount of room for a pool table or any other game tables. So you have to know how much space is needed for a pool table.

Here is a chart showing the amount of space required for a pool table depending on the size of your table and the type of cue sticks you will be using:

  • 7 foot: 13'9"x17' using standard size cue sticks or 12'2"x15'6" using some shorter cue sticks
  • 8 foot: 14'2"x17'10" using standard cue sticks or 12'7"x16'4" using some shorter cue sticks
  • oversize 8': 14'4"x18'2" using standard cue sticks or 12'9"x16'8" using some shorter cue sticks
  • 9 foot: 14'8"x18'10" using standard cue sticks or 13'1"x17'4" using some shorter cue sticks

You can have short chairs or furniture within that space as long as you can hold the cue stick over the furniture.

Rustic Game Room Decor
Rustic Game Room Decor
Make game room large enough to fit game tables and appropriate playing area.
Make game room large enough to fit game tables and appropriate playing area.

Game Room Design

A game room should typically hold game tables, seating, a small table and very little else. You want to keep the room uncluttered for ease in gaming.

This room holds both a pool table and an air hockey table. Since air hockey requires very little playing room, it requires less space around it.

The seating around the tables allows for spectators and rest between plays. A small table can hold drinks or snacks. These furnishings are low enough that they do not get in the way of the pool play.

Most cue sticks racks are mounted to the wall which keeps them out of the way. If you have a large enough room, you can get a floor rack. Just make sure it is placed in a corner and out of the way.

With a basement, there is typically some half cement walls. In this room it worked out well under the window to make a shelf at the ledge for keeping drink coasters and pool table supplies.

The rustic décor is carried through with barn wood on one wall which is a great backdrop for the elk and deer mounts as well as the bear rug. 

Extra lighting over the pool table is also important.  The handcrafted birch pool table light goes well with the lodge theme and provides the right ambience.

Seating for spectators.
Seating for spectators.
Tabletop checkerboard with gamepieces in birch basket below.
Tabletop checkerboard with gamepieces in birch basket below.

Game Room Furnishings

As already noted, it is important to have some kind of seating. The chairs here flank a table that was painted in a rustic fashion. What used to be a country blue table was painted black with a moose and bear and pine trees  painted on with a stencil. A wooden checkerboard was glued to the middle for extra fun and the game pieces are stored underneath in a birch bark basket.  I love to recycle items and give them new life!

Above the table and chairs are two antique fly rods hung criss cross with an old fishing net in between. A couple of outdoorsy drawings complete the look.


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      Renee Hanlon 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for commenting viryabo! Since my husband is such an avid hunter, we kind of needed a rustic space. I really ended up liking the relaxed feel of it too!

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      viryabo 7 years ago

      Such a great idea for a basement room. Thanks for sharing this Song-bird.

      BTW I love the rustic theme.


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      Renee Hanlon 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks relica! Having a walkout basement and then daylight windows in the game room really makes the space feel less like a basement.

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      relica 7 years ago from California

      What a great combination, rustic and game room. I also love that you are able to get so much light into your basement. Great ideas!