When refurbishing your office, designing an office games room can be exciting!
In this article, we’ve highlighted 8 of our favourite game room ideas that will help staff to connect, unwind and, most importantly, have fun!
First up on our list of game room ideas is the office pool table!
This classic pub game can be enjoyed by multiple players and is a great way to boost staff morale, ignite healthy competition and help staff to de-stress after a busy day of work.
Why not customise your office pool table to reflect your company branding?
Brand-coloured cues or personalised pool balls will really make your pool table stand out.
There are few people that don’t enjoy a fun-filled game of table tennis.
A cheaper alternative to the pool table, a ping pong table can provide hours of fun whilst getting your staff active. If you’re looking to save money further, you could even consider repurposing an existing table.
All you need is a medium-sized conference table, some bats, a ball and a net, et voila, you’re ready to play table tennis!
There is nothing more nostalgic than retro arcade games! From Pacman and Pinball to Frogger and Space Invaders, who doesn’t love an old-school game?
A vintage arcade machine is a great statement piece for your games room and provides a suitable alternative for staff wanting a more relaxed gaming activity.
If you want to incorporate retro games into your office design but don’t have the budget to accommodate a games machine, a vintage console can work just as well. All you need is a console, a monitor and some controllers and you’re good to go!
If your team are more into modern gaming, then why not invest in a contemporary games console? From Fifa to Gran Turismo, there are so many multiplayer games that all your staff can get involved with.
What’s more, many of these consoles offer access to TV and film streaming services.
With Netflix, Amazon, Now TV and many other services at your fingertips, your team can enjoy a movie marathon or binge-watch their favourite series’ together!
According to UK market research conducted by ABC walls, 116,000 people visit indoor climbing walls at least twice a month. With climbing proving to be such a popular leisure activity, why not bring a climbing wall to the office?
While a 20 feet climbing wall may not be practical within a small office games room, a smaller 10 feet wall is still a fun way to keep your staff active.
If you do have the luxury of a warehouse space with high ceilings, you could go the whole nine yards and install a full-size bouldering wall within the office!
When staff are feeling a little peckish, it’s always handy to have a vending machine within easy reach of the office.
By providing snacks on site, your staff won’t need to venture out of the building to stave off hunger.
Cereal bars, dried fruit and vegetable crisps are great healthy options for when staff require a much-needed energy boost.
And, for when staff are looking for something a bit more indulgent, consider including some chocolatey treats or flapjacks!
Don’t forget to take allergens and dietary requirements into account. Ensure you have a suitable selection of vegan, vegetarian and allergen-free snacks so that there is something for everyone.
Another low-cost way to inject some fun into your office games room is with board games! Board games are the perfect option if you have a smaller budget and limited space.
From Monopoly to Trivial Pursuit, there are so many fun classics to choose from!
When picking your games, consider getting your whole team involved. Select a range of board game favourites then ask your staff to vote on their favourites.
You might want to invest in some good soundproofing for this one…
Office karaoke is on the rise, so instead of spending a fortune renting out a Karaoke bar, why not bring Karaoke to the workplace with an office karaoke machine?
While your colleagues may not appreciate you serenading them with Cyndi Lauper first thing on a Monday morning, come post-work drinks on a Friday, staff won’t be able to resist the opportunity to let off steam by belting out their favourite tunes!
An office games night is a great way to bring all your team together. Order in some pizzas, set up your scoreboard and let the games begin.
If you really want to get the competitive juices flowing, you could even offer some simple prizes for the winners. Think wine, chocolates, vouchers or cinema tickets!
When it comes to the design of your office games room, there are many ways you can make your space both exciting and practical. If you’re planning a games area, it’s useful to think about the following:
Mood: How do you want your games room to feel? If you want to create a feeling of relaxation and comfort, why not go for a green indoor/outdoor look? Think squishy green bean bags, biophilia and textured rugs!
If you want a more lively feel for your games room, why not opt for a theme? Step on board a spaceship, get lost in wonderland or enjoy the fun of the fair with a novelty games room design!
Flooring: Wood, carpet tiles and rubber flooring all work well in an office games room. If you can’t choose just one type of flooring, why not combine different flooring styles? You could go for a carpeted movie/console area and a rubber floor for more active games such as table tennis and pool.
Lighting: Your office games room is a great opportunity to get playful with lighting. Combine cosy pendant lights with modern strip lighting to create a nice balance within the space. If you want to create even more of an ambience, consider coloured LED lighting. This works particularly well if you’re going for a specific theme!
Layout: While it can be tempting to cram as much as possible into your office games room, it’s vital that you use your space wisely. If your games room is on the smaller side, select just a few games that you know your team will love. You can then use the leftover space for decorative touches and shelving.
If you’re lucky enough to have a large open-plan area, think carefully about sectioning. Hanging dividers and partitions are an excellent way to break up your game zones.
Furniture: As well as gaming activities, staff might also choose to use the games room as a place to catch up with colleagues or unwind with a coffee. With this in mind, be sure to select comfortable seating and other office furniture options such as lounge chairs and sofas. You can then accessorise your seating with comfy cushions and throws to create a sense of snugness!
And don’t forget about the coffee table!
For the ultimate relaxation spot, add a small coffee table where you can place tasty snacks, magazines and coasters.
At McFeggan Brown, we create eye-catching office spaces that will transform your business and help you to achieve your company goals.
Simply tell us what you have in mind and we’ll create a bespoke design to suit your time frame and budget.