A large garage can feel like a waste, especially when you’re not using it. A report on garages found that nearly 50% of garages in San Francisco, California, are not used for car parking. Instead, most households use the garage as their storage room, with more than 3 of 4 US households claiming that they had too many things in their garage to park their car. Rather than letting that space sit idly, you can make the most of your collection and transform your garage into a functional space. Building a themed room from your garage — such as a poker room — can make the experience of playing the game much more exciting and enjoyable.
It’s important to remember that with all renovations, setting up a poker room will take time and money. Through careful planning, however, you can impress your guests with an elegant room that feels like you’re in a casino. Listed below are some ways you can transform your garage into a poker room:
Adjust your room design
Poker rooms are usually defined by their exclusive atmosphere, so adjusting your playing space is essential to build the mood. One way to maximize the casino feel and look is to change the color. Depending on the size of your garage, you may need to choose lighter shades to give the room the illusion of a bigger space. Wall colors like tan and terra cotta are great for small rooms, whereas larger rooms benefit from deeper colors like brick or chocolate brown. If you want entirely rehaul your garage, you can opt to add wooden panels for an old casino look and adjust the flooring to match. Keep in mind that you also need to stay compliant with local laws and may need building permits from your city if you’re doing major renovations to your home.
Add to your lighting
Besides the general architecture of the room, one crucial modification you may need to make is the lighting. A standard garage usually has one overhead light fixture with a single light bulb, which is insufficient for a poker room.
You can opt to add targeted lights on the table or an overhead light right above it, which are strong enough to see the flop without being too blind. It’s also best to install dimmer switches for these main lights to have greater flexibility in their brightness. In addition to table lights, you can have warmer-colored bulbs installed throughout the room to add to the ambiance. If your budget permits, you can even have LED accent lights running around your table to elevate the whole room.
Furnishing your space accordingly
Having the right furnishing can help set the mood for gaming, which sometimes can be underscored for certain games like poker. When planning out your space, it’s important to list down the furniture and set pieces that you’ll need so you don’t miss out on anything important. One piece of furniture you shouldn’t forget is a good poker table. Here are some questions to consider from a guide to poker tables:
- Budget – What features do you think are necessary? Where can I get possibly get bargain deals?
- Build quality – How well do your guests behave? Is the item sturdy enough in the event of a rowdy guest?
- Shape and space requirements – Can people move around freely? Will they be able to sit down comfortably?
- Poker table felt – What material is the felt made of? Is it stain and water-resistant?
Aside from a poker table, it would help to consider how many people will participate in a game. Having a good number of seats and poker accessories such as chip racks, chipsets, and quality plastic cards can ensure everyone gets the opportunity to play.
Following these tips, you can quickly transform your garage into a wonderful poker room that will amaze your guests. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can style your home, you can check out our article on redesigning your backyard to be the best entertainment space.