When it comes to gaming rugs and gaming carpets – they are often a forgotten part of the decor when it comes to designing your gaming room.
Whether you choose to have a subtle color that runs throughout or something a bit more eccentric – it should be a purposeful design choice.
Neglecting it, makes you miss out on a huge area of your overall gaming space – and should be though of as a way to complement the whole gaming room design, aesthetics and general color scheme.
Here we are going to breakdown a few things to think about when deciding on your gaming rug and gaming rug carpet.
Create Plain Contrast
Your gaming rug and general flooring don’t have to be ‘out there’ in terms of design they can be actually relatively plain in nature – so you can allow your set up to do the talking.
Here we can see a dark layer of flooring and then a light colored rug to protect the flooring from he chairs but it works with the general color scheme that has been set up in the whole room to allow for an overall aesthetic and clean design.
This especially works well if you want to create a minimalistic type vibe as well as being arguably easily transformed into a home office when you want it to be as well. There are already plenty of rug options out there but it can help dictate where you ultimately want to go with the room design.
Jazzy Designed Monochrome Rugs
To me this is what a gaming rug should be all about. Not something that is in your face ‘retro’ and ‘gaming’ to the extreme, that said it is not on the ‘plain’ side either that you could pass it off as just an office space.
A rug with plain monochrome colors but has a pattern to it – creates a more fun space – that entices a gaming area for you to work on. Then it also just has a plain backdrop across the floor as well.
I don’t think you want the rug or carpet to be too domineering in the gaming room overall – as the same time you still want it to ‘add’ to the room with texture and design. A difficult balance to perform.
Like I mentioned in the color ideas for gaming rooms, I’m a big advocate for light Grey as well as Whites – mainly for the fact that when it comes RGB – they best accentuate that lighting.
So to maintain that contrast, it helps to go with that same nature of Rug and Carpet – that said, having those colored walls allows your space to not get too loud if you wanted to go with something bolder as well.
Carpet Rug and Thickness
Some thought should also be given to the overall ‘pile’ count of the carpet and rug as well. This generally comes down to porpoise of the rug.
Generally, I think if you plan to do a fair bit of sitting down on the carpet or rug then you should get one with a generally higher pile count – as they are more comfortable and feel better under your feet too.
That said, they can be a bit tougher to clean as well. Whereas if you plan on just standing on it and having you computer desk or gaming chair sit over the top of it – it can be lower in count – as it acting as a support and protection to your flooring as well.
I recommend checking them out in a local rug and carpet shop to get an idea of texture and that should give you a better feel and idea of not just the design but the type of carpet and rug you’re wanting for the gaming room as well.
Measure Up the Size
Be sure to think about the overall dimensions of your gaming room relative to the rug as well – often you will end up with something too small or too big – if you don’t properly measure things out.
It’s actually not super simple to figure out but there a few rules of thumb that you can follow to achieve this – there are plenty of guides out there but this is a really good guide if you’re struggling to workout what it is you actually need.
Dedicated Gaming Retro Rugs
Now if you’re looking for a lot more creative gaming rugs – they are out there as well. There’s everything from Pokemon cards being made into rugs – as well as classic circle rugs made from large Playsation 2 games like GTA Vice City.
They are pretty creative and can look great – I just don’t think you want them dominating the space that you have set up which I think they can have that effect.
Then making sure that they also work well with the overall color scheme that you have designed for the room as well – these are some great steps to just make sure the room isn’t too loud.
But hey, that might be your thing.
Bold and Colorful Designs
Don’t be afraid to venture into ‘rugs’ that aren’t specifically gaming related but still offer that pop of color and bold design.
There are plenty of rugs out there that can make your gaming space – have that personality – without being solely dedicated to gaming.
These can help make the whole room work well – especially if it incorporates elements of the color theme that you have gone with overall – and they are versatile in nature going forward as well – which. a dedicated gaming mat or rug can’t really offer.
As you can see, there is some creative and clever general patterns that you can go for and offer a really nice contrast in terms of texture with the overall gaming room too.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to choosing your carpet and rug for your gaming room – make sure that you get the right size, the type of thickness you’re after (in terms of whether you will be sitting down on the carpet or rug to play often) and of course design.
That of course depends on the aesthetics and design you’ve gone for, personally I am a bit boring – I like the monochrome nature of designs – and so the 2nd option above speaks to me. If you’re bolder you would go with something like option 6. Whereas if you’re wanting a solely “gaming rug” there’s a range of quirky and clever gaming character and dedicated gaming rug designs out there too.
A gaming enthusiast who started their gaming venture all the way back on a Gameboy Advanced (Purple) on Pokemon Yellow.