Homes with a spares room have become more and more popular in recent years, as people turn them into craft rooms, storage areas, offices, guest rooms, and more. One of the most popular uses for a spare room is a personal sports entertainment zone, a place to kick back and watch the game with friends and family. But how do you go about creating the perfect sports room? Just follow our guide below.

TV

Let’s start off with the big-ticket item. This is probably the most expensive and most important purchase when it comes to setting up a sports room, and it’s the one area where you need to spend as much as you can afford in order to create the perfect entertainment zone. Luckily, there are a wide range of options out there for all budgets. Here are our tips for choosing a TV.

TV Size

If you can afford a large TV screen then go for it. They give wider viewing angles, clearer picture and are more immersive, making you feel like you’re part of the action. 

Room Size

Before you buy you need to check out your room size and how far away you will be sitting from the screen. This is important, because not only will a supersized TV potentially overpower a space, it can also require you to sit further away from the screen than is physically possible. Check out this guide to find the perfect TV size for your room.

Processing Rates

Processing rates are really important when buying a TV for watching sport because the action is fast paced, which means you need a TV that can keep up and give you blur-free motion. The higher the processing rate, the more times-per-second the image refreshes on your screen, giving you a smoother picture. 

Two screens for the price of one 

Most TV’s come with a picture in picture or twin picture feature, allowing you to watch two games or two sports at once. Alternatively, you can use it to check out the very latest NFL Super Bowl odds while you’re watching the football.

Sound

Modern TVs are slim which ultimately compromises speaker quality. That means to get the very best immersive, big game atmospheric sound, you need to invest in some surround sound speakers or a soundbar.

Luckily there are lots of options to choose from with all budgets catered for. Soundbars provide a decent, budget friendly alternative to surround sound speakers and take up less room. However, surround sound speakers give a more immersive experience that will have you on the edge of your seat, but these can be more expensive and take up a little more room.

Games

Watching the game on the big screen with surround sound and atmospheric LED lighting is a brilliant way to pass some time with friends and family, but what if there’s no game on TV? Here’s our list of games you can play in your room that will appeal to people of all ages and abilities?

Dart Board

Cheap, easy to set up and it doesn’t take up any room. Just hang it on the wall and start throwing. The rules are easy to learn, anyone can play and there are lots of game variations to keep everyone entertained.

Pool Table

If you’ve got the space and the money then a pool table is a must. It offers the room another focus – other than the TV – and just like darts, pool can be played by anyone and it’s easy to pick up and get started if you’ve never done it before. A fun way to pass the time with friends and family.

Table Soccer

Everyone loves table soccer, a game popular with all ages and one that is guaranteed to entertain. The tables don’t take up much room and many of them can be folded away when they’re not being used to give you more space. A versatile piece of kit.

Games console

No sport on the TV? Then grab yourself a games console and use that big screen TV for some competitive gaming action. With Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 5 and Microsoft Xbox, as well as cloud gaming from Amazon and more, there are options out there to suit all budgets.

When it comes to game choice, you’re spoilt for choice, with FIFA 23, Madden NFL 23, NHL 23, Rocket League, Wii Sports, NBA 2K, WWE 2K22, NBA 2K 23 and lots of other exciting titles available. So, if you want to win the Super Bowl, skateboard, wrestle, or more, there’s a title out there to satisfy your sporting needs.

Sports Themed decoration

To really get the full game day feeling, try hanging your favorite team shirt on the wall, or some sports themed posters or memorabilia. It’s a great way to bring the room together and give it an authentic sports room vibe. But be careful not to overdo it. A few select pieces in pride of place is sometimes all you need.

Make it a Multifunctional Space

By adding games, comfortable seating, a sound system, perhaps even a bar to your new sports entertainment room, you are creating a multi-functional space that can be used all year round, not just when a game is on. Whether it’s watching movies, listening to music, enjoying a drink or playing pool, the best sports rooms have something for everyone to enjoy.

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