You’ve been a huge Houston Rockets fan since forever. And nothing can make you happier than your own Rockets-themed man cave, right? That will be the coolest thing ever that your buds are sure going to get envious of! But the task of setting up one just seems so daunting. It really looks like it’s going to take a lot of work (and money) to get the raddest, coolest, Houston Rockets room of your own that you just don’t know where and how to start.
Don’t fret! Here are some tips that can help you get started on creating your own Houston Rockets game and sports room.
Scouting Your Turf
If you live alone and have free reign over renovations and decor, then what a lucky kid you are. You can choose any room to transform. You can even transform the whole place if you want! If you have an extra room or space that may need some make over, perhaps an old garage, a shed, or even an attic (that may have already accumulated a lifetime’s worth of dust) would also be perfect.
If you’re not so lucky to have your own space with your own rules, you might want to brush up on your negotiation skills. Even though the whole household may be fans of the Rockets, not everyone may agree on changing up a room or space in the house. So better get ready with your best arguments on how the Rockets is the best team and how totally awesome it will be to have your very own Houston Rockets game room!
Having a small or large space can have its own pros and cons, depending on what you plan to have inside your game room. Just make sure you have a manageable area size you can work with and you can fit at least the essential items for your soon to be Rockets game room.
Priming Your Canvass
Now that you’ve got the space for you game room, you can now start to prepare the base for your project. The first would be to clean up the room of any clutter, trash, and all things unnecessary. If you plan to change the wall papers and flooring as well, then go ahead and rip them all off.
Before anything else, make sure that the room is properly insulated. Especially if you are using an old garage or a shed which most likely has low to zero insulation. Also have your walls soundproofed to keep all the fun and cheers inside and angry neighbors out. You can use fiberglass or foam materials for this or have a professional do this for you.
The Houston Rockets team colors are Black, Red, and White so you might want to stick with these colors throughout the room. You can use them boldly and go all out in painting the room with these colors. Dark walls are ideal for entertainment rooms, especially if you are planning your game room to also be a sort of home theater. You can paint or paper all the walls in black or red (or combination). Or you can opt to have just an accent wall with those colors, preferably where the TV will be placed or your memorabilia lined up in display. You can also use the wall colors as “area markers”. For example, paint one wall black for the “entertainment area,” another in red for the “collections exhibit area,” and another in white as the “refreshments” or “bar area.”
As for the floors, you can carpet the whole area for comfort and for the extra soundproofing. However, carpets may cost quite a fortune and a bit of the task to clean, especially if you are going to lay it down the whole room. If it doesn’t bother you that much, then that’s great. Or you may opt to have it on just select areas like the main entertainment area. Just make sure that the color and style goes well with your overall vision of your game room.
Furnishing Your Game Room
Having the perfect seating for your room is the first step. This will depend mainly on who and how many will be using the room. If you’re planning to have the room all to your self as your private sports and game room, a single seater couch or two will do. But if the whole family and your buddies will be joining in the fun, then you should get the long couches where everyone can fit. If you’re not sure, you can get the smaller 2 or 3 seater sofas. Then just throw in some floor pillows or bean bags for extra comfy seats, just in case. Add a couple of small low tables or just a long one for placing snacks and drinks and other knickknacks.
Put up curtains in the team colors. Make sure they are thick enough to filter out outside light so you can enjoy your privacy and the whole home theater experience. Thick curtains also act as extra soundproofing for your room and prevent noise from leaking out the windows.
And what game room does not have any entertainment in it? Go ahead and set up your home theater in the best spot in the room. Keep in mind the size of the television should be just right for the size of the room and/or how far you will be sitting from it to ensure comfortable viewing. Make sure you have enough room for your preferred gaming console and collection of games. Good to have when you want to enjoy a Rockets game without having to leave your seat.
Or if you prefer to shoot hoops for real in the comforts of your own game room, why not mount a basketball ring on one of your walls. Practice your free throws during the half time break or while waiting for your buddies to come over. If you have enough space, you can even set up a mini court or and do one-on-ones with your friends.
Memorabilia and Decorations
Your Houston Rockets sports and game room is now taking shape. It’s now time to decorate! Hang up those Rockets posters and framed photos you’ve been keeping. Those jerseys and signed basketballs finally have the perfect place to be displayed in! Get those jerseys in frames, too, and put the balls in a pedestal or even create a custom ball display rack on the wall if you like. You can also hang these LED neon signs around the room. Not only is it additional decoration but also serve as some pretty cool lighting! Not really a fan of bright neon effects? You can get engraved wooden signs instead. You can also put game tickets and other small souvenirs in a frame or a display table if you can get your hands on one so you can show them off as well. Anything Rockets related can be a decoration if you put some creativity into it!
Put Up a Mini Bar
No mancave is complete without your own bar! Set up a fridge and a bar counter where you can get and prepare your cold drinks without having to leave the room. No need to run down the hall to the kitchen just to get a can and miss a single second of a very important Rockets game. If you have enough space after bringing in the furniture and entertainment, you can do a full bar set up and be your own bar tender. Get some stools in front of the counter, fill the bar with all your favorite drinks, and get the bar vibe with the classic bar decorations. You can also put the LED neon signs here. You may also want to check out the nearest antique shop or flea market for some cool vintage finds you can use as bar décor. You may even score some more old school Houston Rockets memorabilia while you’re at it.
But if you are a bit short on space, a fully stocked fridge should be enough (for now). You can also decorate the fridge itself. Why not paint it in Rockets colors, stick some Rockets and NBA stickers and decals.
Other Helpful Tips
Before starting with your Houston Rockets game room/mancave, make sure you already have a vision for it, or at least a general idea on how you would want it to be and the main purpose it will be used for. This will help you keep on track and avoid some problems that may pop up during your build. Also, you can also plan ahead as regards to space allocation and budget, especially for items that you may want to have in the room but will have to wait. Also, be on the lookout for good deals. Not only will you be able to save some money, but also time and effort. When you do come across a really great deal, it may be hard to let pass and you may not have another chance on it again. Be wise and organize your priorities. You don’t have to get the biggest and priciest TV if it won’t be a good fit with your room or your needs. Just make sure that your finished Rockets game room is somewhere you’d be very happy to spend a lot of time in. Whether you are spending time with your friends and family, or having a well-deserved me-time.