There’s a reason why arcade games and pool tables are popular in bars and why playpens and parks are a thing: No matter our age, we just want to have fun at the end of the day (or all day and all night long). And if space allows, having your very own game room is, well, a game-changer. To get some game room ideas for kids and adults alike, check out these examples and take note, so you can make yours the very best entertainment space in the neighborhood. Ahead, thirty designer-approved game rooms that are so cool, you can finally cancel that season pass to your local amusement park.
This sleek monochromatic game room in the home of CB2 president Ryan Turf and his wife Jessica of Turf Design pulls out all the stops. Though the main attraction is the pool table, the table and sitting area on the periphery make this the perfect place for a night cap, too.
There’s cool playrooms and then there’s this playroom designed by Studio DB. What could be a better game room addition than a twisty slide? When it’s too cold to go to the park during the winter, your kids will still be able to slide all day long. Plus, it’s visually unexpected, which gives the room an edge. See you later, Six Flags.
A game room isn’t complete without instruments. Take notes from this space designed by Peti Lau for a musician. The Yamaha grand piano anchors the room and sets the stage for the other instruments and music memorabilia lining the shelves.
Interior designer Michelle Gage is here to remind us that shuffleboard is the perhaps the best (and also most underrated) bar game there is. Who wants to play pool anyway?
If you have less space to work with or you fancy a more cerebral kind of game corner, create a stylish nook for chess matches. Studio Ashby paired kooky, psychedelic fabric with a graphic chess table.
If you don’t have enough room to build a slide, opt for an indoor swing instead. It’ll make the playroom feel more personalized and unique. Plus, the swing set is always our first stop at the park anyway. This furry one by Studio DB makes it extra cozy. And if your kids have a swing to practice pumping their legs on, you can sit back and relax at the playground instead of pushing them.
In this billiard room designed by Heather Hilliard, there’s something for everyone to do. Whether it’s hanging out on the sofa with a good book or for family movie night, playing squash (yes, that’s a home squash court behind that glass in the corner), or playing pool, this is the ultimate hang out space.
We love how this console table in a space designed by Katherine Carter is decked out in old-school arcade games instead of traditional décor. Bring it to the next level with a pinball machine in your game room. Make it a coin-operated one if your neighbors start coming over to play too often.
Pricey, sure, but pool tables can instantly elevate a room. Case in point: the one pictured here by Arent & Pyke. Even if you just put in somewhere like a basement, the entire space gets an upgrade. Oh, this old basement? I think you mean my billiard room. It even swanky.
With a game room this epic, you’ll never need to leave the house again. Designed by Regan Baker, this space is heaven for active kids.
To truly get the most out of a room, it’s best to invest in multi-functional pieces that enhance the space’s versatility. So Kentucky-based interior designer Chenault James created a dining room table that transformed into an upscale ping pong table. Now the space is gets guaranteed use beyond special occasions and holiday dinners.
Set up a projector for movie nights and video games. Paired with elevated furniture, it can double as a family or living room. Heather Hilliard Design chose a blue and white color scheme with splashes of earth tones to warm it up.
Move over, Barclays Center. If you and/or your kids love shooting hoops, build a half court at home. You could also get a kid-sized, arcade-style basketball hoop if space is an issue. Studio DB had the right idea: We’ll be in that little seating area in the back, if you need us.
Combine a study with a game room by bringing in an elevated foosball (like this one designed by Studio Ashby), pool, or ping-pong table. With cozy seating and plenty of books, you can use the space for both work and play.
Table tennis has a similar visual appeal as a pool table, but it’s way, way easier to maintain and move around. Not to mention, it’s a lot more affordable and will come in handy during beer pong tournaments.
Design firm Cass and Nico Studio maximized this space by leaning a large mirror against the wall. We’re loving the contrast between the whimsical, modern wallpaper with the retro-inspired punching bag and ballet bar.
Regan Baker used chalk paint to make a fun game room even more fun. This way they really can paint and draw all over the walls, consequence-free.
If the playroom in your home is also a space to hunker down and do homework, or even just if it’s small but you still want to go above and beyond, use your vertical space. A ceiling-high playpen will feel like a fort in the sky. Just as chicken nuggets and it’s like the McDonald’s playland of your childhood dreams.
Home bar and game room or exclusive speakeasy? Designed by Commune, this billiard room is the ultimate post-dinner hang out for both kids and adults.
If you host your friends for poker night, set up a little salon station so you don’t have to huddle around the coffee or dining room table. When you’re not using this grown-up game room nook, spruce it up with a beautiful chessboard for on-theme décor, as Studio DB did here.
In this game room by Jenn Feldman Designs, the ping-pong balls are conveniently stored and beautifully displayed in a vase on the mantle and the neon wall art animates the entire space.
An attic is the perfect location for a home game room. In this one designed by Robson Rak, there’s a place to hang out and get active as well as a room off to the side for band practice.
Even the most basic of at-home climbing walls are incredible—add an light-up map of New York City as the backdrop and we’re floored. It simply doesn’t get more epic than this Studio DB-designed game room.
Put a jukebox in the game room for some retro flair. Leanne Ford leaned a framed photograph above it for some contrast. It’s aesthetically pleasing and you’ll also be able to listen to fun throwbacks while you play games and hang out in there. Buddy Holly on a loop, please.
If space allows, set up the game room for some tournaments by opting for two ping-pong or pool tables instead of one. Vanessa Alexander of Alexander Design warmed up the industrial space with an area rug and indoor tree.
A foosball table is a lot easier to maintain than a pool table and the quick pace is arguably even more fun. You don’t to spend a ton of money or have a massive extra room for a game room. If you don’t have enough space for the real deal, a mini version is a great alternative, as seen in this home designed by Amber Interiors.
Make it adult-friendly and party-proof by putting a bar in back. To give it a more formal, finished feel, hang stylish pendant lights an put your foosball table, ping pong table, pinball machine, pool table, or whatever your game of choice is over a colorful area rug.
Chalkboards, pin boards, and magnets, oh my. Set up a fun area on the wall for arts and crafts so that the kids who don’t want to play pinball, ping pong, or basketball can also have fun.
If your game room doubles as your media room or family room, make sure there’s an area devoted to hanging out. Since this space is all about fun, consider elevating your seating game with hanging chairs clustered in a circle for easy conversation.
Designed by Emily Henderson, every little nook and cranny is being optimized in this fun-filled space. The pint-sized built-in hang out in the stairwell and the zone under the stairs are transformed into cozy, useable, and stylish sections. Then there’s the climbing wall. The neutral tones ensure a more stylish aesthetic and the strategically-placed floor cushions lighten things up.