Creating a Great Game Room

By: Julien Raynal

Making use of a basement space can be a challenge. One of the most popular uses for basements are game rooms. Transforming a drab basement to a livable space entails buying paint for the walls, flooring and appropriate game room furniture. Before you make decisions on the décor, decide which game will act as the focal point of your room; pool table, foosball table, table tennis table or multimedia entertainment center. Renovations to homes today are no longer just about making your home more attractive to home buyers but are aslo done to suit home owners changing lifestyles. Game rooms are gaining in popularity as a remodeling preference.

Games rooms used to center around a pool table, but a new game is gaining popularity in homeowners basement; Foosball. Foosball is actually the German word fussball for football. In England, foosball is called Kicker and is just as popular. Foosball or table soccer is a game that is played on foosball tables with eight rods and soccer figures attached to the rods. The rods have handles attached to them too. On each end of foosball tables are soccer goals. Each player uses the handles to manipulate their soccer figures to strike the ball on the foosball tables into the opponent’s goal. Foosball tables are designed and built to provide different spacing between the soccer figures and different spacing between the rods.

The history of foosball is hard to determine but foosball tables have been attributed to Lucien Rosengart. Rosengart was a rich French inventor so it can be concluded that the origins of foosball is probably in Europe. The rules of foosball are similar to both soccer and football. The object is to score five times in the opponents goals. Each team has control of four rods; first rod is the goal keeper, the next rod has two defenders, the third rod has five figures attached. The five figures are in an offensive position. Standard foosball tables have a playing field that measures 46 inches by 27 inches and sits 34 inches. Foosball is played at many different places; homes, schools and arcades.

There is no shortage of foosball tables. There are many world renowned foosball table manufacturers. If you can’t afford a new foosball table consider a used table. Used foosball tables are usually in decent condition and are cheaper than new tables. If even used tables are out of your budget range, a search on the internet can find sites that can help you build your own foosball table.

Now that you have your foosball table it is time to start looking for the game room furniture to fill the rest of the room. Draw out the floor plan of your room and divide the room into different sections depending on what areas you want to create; entertainment, bar and foosball area. Start figuring out what kind of game room furniture you need. Make sure all the game room furniture you choose blends in with your overall theme. Shopping for game room furniture can be done online from the comfort of your home and offers a huge selection of game room furniture.

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