Let’s face it, watching a game in your home is not the same experience as sitting in the bleachers surrounded by screaming fans and enjoying a hot dog while you watch the fate of your favorite team plays out before your eyes. However, watching the game at home can have its perks especially if you use our 6 tips to gear your sports room up for the ultimate game watching experience.
Today we are going to explore elements that can be added or enhanced in your media room to create the ultimate sports den including: the basic color of the room, the entertainment center, furniture, rec room games, decorating with jerseys, memorabilia and trophies.
This den has some great features but could look really amazing by giving it a sports theme using sports memorabilia of favorite and past teams as decoration. This is a great idea because watching sports can be a very social event. Making the whole room interactive and visually interesting around the sports theme can improve the overall event and make your home the place in the neighborhood to come watch the game.
Make the whole room interactive and visually interesting around the sports theme.
Depending on how you plan to decorate your entertainment room, you might need to start with a fresh coat of paint. You may decide to make the entire room a mecca to your favorite sports team which of course, meanspainting the walls in the teams official colors. If you are going to do that, I highly recommend checking out Gliddens’ Team Colors Flip Book. It’s has the official colors for most major and teams known to man. On The other hand if you have enough variety of memorabilia from high school and collegiate teams of days past that you are planning on displaying you may want to select a color that is more neutral and less likely to clash with the decorations.
Paint the room the official colors of your favorite sports team.
2. The Entertainment Center
Obviously the most central part of this sports room will be the entertainment center. It should definitely be equipped with a large, high definition, flat screen TV. The bigger the better so every play can be seen in detail. A surround sound system is also a must. The idea with the entertainment system is to enhance the visual and audio experience so viewers can really get into the game and have almost as much fun as actually being there.
Obviously the most central part of this sports room will be the entertainment system.
3. Snacks and Furniture
Consider that there will likely be snacks and drinks involved in these game watching gatherings and recognize that where there is food there is bound to be messes. If I were you I would choose a leather couch to make cleaning up any spills easier. A cup holder may come in handy to prevent any spills while watching the game from the sofa.
Everyone gets a little excited watching the game especially if it is a close one. I recommend choosing sturdy furniture such as a solid, wooden, coffee table rather than a glass-top table that could break, in the event that the team of choice misses an open opportunity to score—so frustrating. Avoid further frustration by selecting your furniture wisely.
Choose a leather couch to make cleaning up any spills easier.
4. Rec Room Games
Speaking of getting excited, a foosball table is a great way for spectators to release pent up energy during commercial breaks and it’s totally fitting for a sports room. Depending on your sport of choice you may want to select a rec room game that is more fitted to that sport such as table tennis, air hockey or double shootout basketball. Take your pick.
A foosball table is a great way for spectators to release pent up energy during commercial breaks.
5. Decorating with Jersey’s and Memorabilia
To decorate the room, hang up your sports fans old sports jersey or a jersey of their favorite team. This can be done in a number of ways: there are shadow box frames which give a classy feel to your sports room and help to preserve the shirt from decay. There’s also a locker style shadow box. This is great if your sports lover isn’t quite ready to say goodbye to ever wearing his favorite sports memorabilia again because he can still open the case and take out the pieces of his old uniform and trophy from his glory days in high school. Another option is to use a Shart frame which is shown in one of the videos below.
Don’t forget to display the collectors’ items for favorite teams like pennants, flags, a signed ball and any photographs you have of family members interacting with their favorite sports hero. If you have heirloom items such as grandpa’s old baseball glove or a ball signed by Babe Ruth take care to have that properly preserved in its own case to prevent decay so future generations can see it someday.
Don’t forget to display the collectors’ items for favorite teams.
Of course we can’t forget the trophies. Depending on the number of trophies and medals your athlete has, you may only need a small shelf. However, if this love of sports is a family affair you may want to invest in a fancy lighted trophy case which can go a long way to make those trophies shine and really add a pop to the room. If your whole family is into sports, a larger trophy case may be a good idea to give the kids a place to look forward to displaying the trophies and medals they earn through the years. You could also consider a nice lighted case for the athlete in your life and a smaller one for the kids’ trophies if they want to display them in a more public area of the home. Obviously personal preference will come into play here.
A lighted trophy case which can go a long way to make those trophies shine and really add a pop to the room.
When you are all done putting your epic sports room together for the ultimate game watching experience all that’s left to do is get the snacks ready. You and your family will love the look and feel of your newly designed entertainment room and so will your friends. You’ll be the social hub for every tournament. Enjoy the game, and good luck keeping up with refilling the snacks!