For me, it was finally bringing a dream to reality. I thought I’d take the opportunity of walking you, dear reader, through the process of getting this built.
I recently moved, and for the first time in my adult life, there was a room available for a custom built gaming space. I’m not the best at DIY, so I was very lucky to have my father around to assist!
So the first step – strip the room.
Once that was done, it was time to wallpaper – in this instance, the walls were too old and the plaster too shoddy to paint onto directly, so a heavy anaglypta was purchased to hide a multitude of sins.
Once the wallpaper was up, several coats of paint were required. I chose a mellow lime green for my manspace.
Once the painting was complete – including the radiators (thanks mum!), it was time to purchase and lay the floor. A relatively daunting but surprisingly easy task once you got going – My father and I had the floor down in less than 3 hours. Not bad.
Now that the room is complete, it’s time to move furniture in! Instead of the usual flat pack desks you’d end up with from Argos or Homebase, I picked up a full size office desk from a second hand furniture supply store. I can tell you now, it was well worth it. First up, I put the desk together and moved the shelving unit in to place.
The sofa is a sofa bed – cheap and cheerful from Amazon – not the most comfortable, but perfect for occasional guests and LAN sessions. A larger than usual coffee table is in the corner, this can be pulled out and used as the main desk for LAN gaming. I also pulled in the surround sound system and set it up as a 2.1 system instead of 5.1. Mostly out of fear from the missus and my neighbours. Next up, putting all my gaming gear out on display.
Yes, I do have Gandalfs staff and Sting from Lord of the Rings. Now, this was done, I built the PC, placed my LED strip lighting on my monitor displays, and hung some artwork and guitars. And I mustn’t forget the Game of Thrones themed cushions. BEHOLD! The finished article.