How to Improve the Family Rec Room

How to Improve the Family Rec Room
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    Homes that have basements are ideal places for putting in a recreation room.

    Also known as rec rooms, these areas are the favorite gathering spot of families over the holidays, the perfect retreat after a bountiful Thanksgiving or sumptuous Christmas meal.


If you plan on entertaining over the coming months, the following tips can help you improve your rec room space.

1. Your equipment. No rec room is complete without centerpiece equipment such as a pool table or a ping pong table. If you have one or the other, you are good to go. If not, shop for what you need to round out your rec room. Other ideas for a rec room include a Playstation or Wii gaming system, a dart board or even a wet bar.

2. Light it up. Basements are normally dark and even dreary places, with a limited amount of natural light that can get in. You can resolve this problem in two ways. First, replace those cloth curtains with sheer curtains to maximize natural lighting while retaining a semblance of privacy. Second, what type of lighting are you relying upon? A drop ceiling with ballast lighting strategically placed over a pool table can be ideal. Also consider floor lamps that can be placed in corners and can be used to accent shelving, the dart board or a seating area.

3. Flooring options. Basements can be difficult to heat even when a dedicated heating system is in place. On the coldest days, you can feel the dampness at your feet, something that you can remedy by choosing either an area rug or wall to wall carpeting to cover concrete flooring. Choose olefin fiber, a chemically resistant fiber that can handle spills with ease. Choose synthetic backing as this holds up better if moisture is a problem. Invest in a good dehumidifier for those summer months when moisture levels increase.

4. For your convenience. Perhaps you want to make your rec room a true entertainment area. Besides a television, a pool or ping pong table and a wet bar, certain convenience items can keep your company downstairs longer. Consider installing a mini refrigerator, ideal for stashing away soft drinks, dip and snacks. A dedicated are for supplies such as tissues, napkins, cups, paper towels and other dry goods is also an option. Use shelving or repurpose a kitchen hutch for that duty. Lastly, if you have the funds available and your plumbing hook up doesn’t demand a complex renovation, install a half-bath with a toilet and a sink.

Basement Considerations

If your basement is large enough, consider decorating it for the holidays too. Place a Christmas tree in the corner and hang decorations around the windows and across the banister leading up to the main floor. Make use of your time and space to improve the look of your family rec room for the holidays as well as for the rest of the year.



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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".