How To Build A Man Cave For Gaming
Looking to build a man cave specifically for gaming?
We’re right there with you! There’s nothing better than having a custom-built, bespoke gaming haven to wind-down after a long day and take on the online world. Whether you’re a COD die-hard, VR enthusiast or retro gamer, there are so many options when it comes to building a man cave that is specific to your gaming requirements.
Let’s jump into what you need to know.
Planning your gaming man cave
With a man cave centered specifically around gaming, there are a few nuances to be aware of which will take your gaming dwelling to the next level.
First, the actual space for gaming
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s important to consider the amount of space you have in your gaming room and how this is utilized when gaming. You’ll need enough room for gaming chairs, gaming desks, gaming consoles and if you’re into VR gaming then additional space will be required for this immersive tech too.
When thinking about gaming chairs and desks it’s important to remember that these are not always requirements; however, they can definitely enhance your experience. A good example would be with racing games; there is no real requirement for a racing chair (except winning!) But wouldn’t it be nice? And, if you’re putting in the effort to build a man cave from scratch, why not go all-out with premium gaming equipment to make your space the absolute best it can be!!
If you’re wanting to combine your gaming space with something like a bar or custom lounge area, then make sure you take a look at our guide on home bar dimensions to ensure that you’ve got the know-how and have enough room for a pub/games room combination.
Planning your lighting
Lighting is a key consideration for gaming and having the correct gaming room lighting, if done right, can make gaming even better. The reason we say this is that many gamers require low-light gaming conditions to avoid screen glare and eye strain which simply won’t be possible with overhead gaming lighting that doesn’t have dimmable options.
So imagine your gaming setup consisting of a TV on the wall opposite the gamer with potentially canned spotlights over head…this is basically going to cause discomfort as well as shadow glare from those lights.
A more adequate option would be something akin to track lighting or recessed down lights which will grant you direct light where required without providing unnecessary glare on your screens.
Another amazing addition are strip lights, so consider how your accessories can be adorned with them prior to purchase.
For example, if you’re creating storage, consider how any ledges can be utilised to house strip lighting, and where the storage will be angled so that you can maximise the lighting design of the space.
You’ll also need to consider how strong you want the lighting to be in relation to the overall space. In a gaming man cave you may want the actual primary lighting to be dimmer, so that you can use accessory lighting (strip lights are also great for this) to create residual lighting backdrops around the space. Thing things like underlighting on storage, keyboard lighting and custom LED accessories which emit low-levels of coloured light.
Sound Proofing (Or Sound Dampening)
An often overlooked factor in gaming rooms, sound proofing (or sound dampening) can be the difference between an immersive gaming experience or hearing your neighbour’s dog bark incessantly.
There are many ways to approach this, from using acoustic foam panels on walls and ceilings to hanging heavy drapes which will help absorb sound. You could even use carpets on the floor, although these should generally be avoided as they can make the room feel a lot smaller.
One thing to note is that if you’re opting to use gaming chairs which come with built-in speakers, then you may not need to worry too much about sound proofing as the chairs will already take care of this for you. However, if you’re gaming on a gaming desk then sound proofing is essential to keep you immersed in your gaming experience.
The gaming accessories themselves can also play an integral part in soundproofing your gaming room, with things like gaming headphones and also gaming speakers which will help you feel fully enveloped within the gaming world.
And, this brings us nicely onto the next section… how’re you going to fill your gaming room with accessories?
How to accessorise your gaming man cave
Arguably the part that is the most fun, buying the accessories to fill your gaming man cave is certainly not a chore!
Now that we’ve planned the space, assessed the lighting requirements and soundproofed the room to not annoy the neighbours, we’ll need to actually order the gaming accessories to turn your man cave into a gamers paradise. Let’s have a look at some of the mainstays in any gaming man cave’s arsenal.
Gaming is a really personal experience and, for some, it’s all about being comfortable.
One way to up your comfort levels while gaming is to use gaming chairs specifically designed for gaming purposes. Not only do they often come with great features like built-in speakers and headphone sockets, but they’re also usually ergonomically designed to provide the best support possible when gaming marathon sessions.
If you’re looking for a gaming chair, then do your research as there are many different types to choose from – including racing seats, bean bags and rockers! – so make sure you find one that suits you and your gaming style.
Remember, gaming chairs don’t have to be expensive; there are many affordable gaming chairs on the market which will still provide you with great gaming comfort.
gaming on a PC, it’s important to have a gaming desk that’s specifically designed for the purpose.
Not only do gaming desks come with built-in storage and cable management, but they’re also often wider and longer than regular desks so that you have plenty of space to fit all of your gaming gear.
If you’re looking for a gaming desk, then make sure to check out the dimensions as well as the features offered. There are many different gaming desks on the market, so you’re sure to find one that meets your needs.
One thing to consider if you’re gaming on a PC is to get a monitor arm to free up some desk space.
Monitor arms allow you to mount your monitors on the wall, which in turn frees up a lot of desk space. This is especially important if you’re gaming on a small gaming desk as it will give you more room to maneuver.
There are many different monitor arms available, so make sure to do your research and find one that’s right for you.
Apart from gaming chairs and desks, there are many other gaming accessories available that can help improve your gaming experience.
Some popular gaming accessories include gaming headsets, gaming mice, gaming keyboards and gaming monitors.
Each of these accessories has been specifically designed to improve gaming performance, so it’s definitely worth investing in some of them if you want to get the most out of your gaming experience.
Here are some of our favourite accessories which will sit perfectly in any gaming man cave:
Creating a gaming man cave can be a really fun and rewarding project, and with a bit of planning and organisation, you can create the perfect gaming space for you and your friends. So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your gaming man cave today!