The crowd is cheering. You’re about to win your first game of the season. Seconds away from the ninetieth minute. The whistle blows! Your teammates have gathered around you. You should be hearing the virtual crowds cheering, instead, your glory is drowned out by the roadworks just outside your bedroom window.
The next day, you’re swinging acrobatically through Marvel’s New York City in your new Spider-Man suit, it’s thirsty work. You turn to your glass of water, it’s empty. Great, you’ve got to trek downstairs and get yourself a drink. If only there was a better way…
With the PS5 release date creeping up on us (19th November if you didn’t already have it in your diary) and the release of the Xbox Series X fast approaching (10th November), there’s no better time to get rid of all those unwanted interruptions so you can game in peace. Are you thinking what we’re thinking?
That’s right, we’re going to walk you through creating your own ultimate gaming room, and how much it’ll cost.
|Cost provided item||Cost (lower range)||Cost (higher range)||Average cost|
|Blackout blinds (materials and installation)||£150||£250||£200|
|Sockets and wiring||£200||£500||£350|
First things first, you’ll want to make sure that you get the best sound experience possible. So, why not treat yourself to a set of gaming speakers?
Most modern games now produce immersive, multi-channel sound, so you might even want to go for a five or seven-speaker setup. Or, if you don’t have that much space, a soundbar is a good option.
As with most things, the more advanced you go, the greater the cost. For a set of cheaper, unbranded speakers, you’re looking at around £18. But at the other end of the scale, you could easily spend up to £200.
If you really want a professional setup, why not invest in some soundproofing as well? At the cheaper end, you’re looking at around £30 to £35 per m2 for a self-adhesive tile, which would come to around £1,600 in total for a 3×4 m room. Or, if you want a setup more akin to what they use in music studios, you could be looking at up to £4,000 for a larger room.
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Lighting (or lack of it) can really make or break your gaming experience. The last thing you want is to be straining to see the screen because the sun’s too bright or there are badly placed lamps around.
To achieve adequate darkness quickly and easily, we’d recommend fitting blackout blinds. You can purchase some for around £100 online and get them fitted by a general handyman for around £50. Or, if you’re after a premium look, you could pay around £250 for a blind company to supply and fit them.
To really level up your gaming experience, why not also get hold of some smart lighting? You can get smart bulbs and lighting strips that sync to your game for somewhere in the region of £60 to £140. Some of them will even let you tailor the colour scheme to the game you’re playing.
One major decision is what kind of screen you want to view your games on. A streamlined LED TV? A large monitor?
If you’re of the view that bigger is better, a projector can be a great way to add some drama to your gaming. Projector prices vary hugely, but if you’re looking for a good-quality one that doesn’t break the bank, we’d suggest budgeting around £250.
Of course, you can’t create a games room without investing in a gaming chair. And when it comes to gaming chairs, there’s a ton of choice. Pedestal or recliner? Racer or bean bag? Do you want to invest in a chair that comes with built-in speakers? Wireless connectivity? Vibration technology?
Gaming chairs can range from £80 to £400. If you’re not sure what’s sensible to budget, £240 will get you a very decent chair with some pretty cool features.
Plus, don’t forget to install a mini-fridge! For just £75 to £100, you’ll never need to interrupt your gaming session to go and grab another drink again.
If you want to be able to easily speak to your friends while you play, you’ll want to get hold of a headset. You shouldn’t need to budget more than £30, although you could spend up to £300 for a premium pair.
And finally, all this equipment is likely to end up causing a sea of cables. If you want to make the room less cable-cluttered, you may well want to invest in some extra plug sockets. Or better still, why not ask an electrician to help you bury some cables in the walls? An electrician is likely to charge around £200 for a half-day or £500 for a full one.
Games room cost key takeaways
- Gaming speakers can help you to avoid noisy interruptions.
- Blackout blinds are a cost-effective way to ensure adequate darkness.
- Get a projector to play on the big screen.
- A mini-fridge is an inexpensive luxury.
- Ask an electrician to help you hide cables.
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