Thinking about building a gaming shed?
You’re not alone, gaming sheds are becoming increasingly popular – as they allow you some alone time away from the house – and you won’t be complained at for making a noise.
So here, we’re going to share some inspiration and break down some Gaming Shed ideas that you could incorporate yourself.
Let’s get right into it.
Choosing Your Shed
The first thing we have to work out is the shed itself.
Are you going to build your own? Buy it pre-built so you just need to assemble it together and so on.
So here are some things to consider when choosing your shed.
- Size – you’re going to have to scope out the space you have available and also what size for you gaming room too? Will your gaming desk fit in?
- Materials – will it be all wood, will electrical packages be already fitted? What’s the flooring going to be like? You might even throw in a gaming rug or carpet.
- Electrical Supply – you need to consider how you’re going to power up your gaming rig as well? Will you need to get another feed into supply a small consumer unit?
Seek a Shed Expert
See how others have completed their gaming sheds and if there are any aspects to think about that you might have missed. We’ve supplied a ‘Checklist’ below (that’s going to evolve over time.
However, you can make note on how they have done certain aspects:
- How are they storing the consoles?
- Is the TV mounted to a wall – will the wall support it?
- Do they have an integrated sound system?
- What does the seating look like?
- What are the storage options when it comes to gaming sheds?
- Is there a natural source of light or mainly relying on LEDs?
Take note of the shed itself as well are there protective aspects to the shed that can make it more long-lasting and what is the decor on the outside (not just the inside like?).
Finalize Your Gaming Shed
At this stage you should be pretty close to knowing exactly what you want and how you’re going to do it.
The exact shed you need, whether you’re the one to build it and a design plan as well of how the gaming room is going to look – what’s going to go in and the overall layout.
Test your internet speed and whether you need to install a separate ethernet cable that comes from the house and you’re all good to go.
Score Extra Style Points
Sure RGB on the inside is cool, but have you thought about RGB on the outside of your shed? Get some outdoor lighting and replace the lamps for something like Philips Hue where you have the actual control of the lighting set up of the gaming shed on the outside too.
Designing Your Gaming Room
Now you have got the shed up and everything in place – it will look somewhat bear – so it is time to bring it to life.
Here’s how you can do just that:
- Select a Color Theme
One of the best ways to really create a gaming experience is to opt for a color theme that runs through out the entire gaming room.
We have a guide on just that for gaming room colors and how to implement it within a room.
- Add Gaming Memorabilia
Whether it is figurines or gaming rugs, a gaming room is not just made up of consoles, TVs, your PC rig and a monitor.
It’s about the little accessories that come together to actually give you that look – that this is indeed a game for gaming.
- Gaming Storage
You might be tight on space, so you’re going to need some sort of storage – whether that’s shelves or just small cupboards.
My favorite hidden style storage systems are usually Pegboards – the natural aesthetics play nice into a gaming shed as well as under desk storage.
Here we explore a bunch of ways you can potentially add storage to your gaming shed.
One aspect you need to make sure that you properly attend to is the lighting situation. Sheds at the best of times can get a bit dark – so you need to approach lighting with a critical view.
Where are your lighting sources going to come from – your desk? What style of lighting are you going to have RGB or even ARGB?
Ensuring you are not in a dark room constantly – obviously sometimes it calls for it when you get in the zone – is a good idea and tends to be a bit of an after thought.
- Desk Set Up
We have touched on this briefly, but think about your gaming set up and then from that the desk that you want.
Can you fit it in where you want is it facing or opposite the entry way of the gaming shed and so on.
Can you do with a standard desk or should you opt for a dedicated gaming desk?
Make Your Shed Liveable
Here’s the thing, once you start gaming in it for a while.
You’re going to notice that it is likely going to get a uncomfortable. Here’s how to stop that.
- Keep it Cool
One of the first things you’re going to notice is that it is might start to get a bit warm and stuffy, so make sure that you have plenty of options to keep your gaming room cool.
My favorite way to do this, if you have an electrical output in the garden shed (which I am hoping you do – given it is for gaming – is to input a portable air conditioning unit in there).
Obviously, not too cool either that you start to get cold – bring in a space heater to try and combat this if that’s the case.
- Mini Fridge
One of the best investments you’re going to make is a mini fridge. After a bit of gaming – you’re going to get parched – and you don’t want to have to keep wandering to and from the shed to your house.
Get a mini fridge and keep it well stocked of all your favorite beverages as well as food if you get a bit peckish.
Have somewhere to sit for your friends to come over as well. Invest in a bean bag of a cheap couch in addition to your gaming chair – so you can all have a good time.
Even you’re going to want to move away from the gaming chair sometimes too.
How’s Your Gaming Shed Coming On?
I’d love to know if you’re in the process of thinking about gaming shed, your in mid-build or you have finally completed it. If you have completed it, please shoot across your images and I’d love to feature them here to serve as inspiration for others wanting to make their own gaming shed as well.
A gaming enthusiast who started their gaming venture all the way back on a Gameboy Advanced (Purple) on Pokemon Yellow.