Interior design can serve many purposes.
You may wish to make an artistic statement, blending furniture and decoration as an expression of yourself. There’s a chance you’re a functional person, designing your home around your needs and lifestyle choices.
If it’s the latter, then there are many options you could take; you might be a chef and base your entire design around a kitchen and food preparation area. Some people are gamers and use their spare room as a games room to while away the hours on their favorite titles. If you are a gamer, there’s every chance you might want to incorporate a poker room within your home.
Poker is a game on the rise, popular with online providers and physically across the US. There are more the 60 million players across the country, according to Detroit News, which means a lot of poker rooms in homes.
Maybe you have a basement you want to turn into a poker room for buddies or a garage? It’s possible there could be a trend towards such renovations this fall; the World Series of Poker is underway in Las Vegas, and when one lucky player walks away with $7m, it will surely spark interest. That is what happened in 2003; Chris Moneymaker qualified online and won the main event. $1m later, he sparked the original poker boom. You might not have eyes on the big prize in 2022, but a poker room is a great place to relax with friends and have some fun.
How do you go about creating a poker room in your home? By following these three handy tips.
There are some essentials that you’ll need; a table and chairs are the obvious choices. There’s no set design for a poker room; from dusty barrooms to upmarket casinos, there have been plenty of interpretations of a player’s needs. In an ideal setup, a round table works best, and make sure it is big enough; you may only have four friends playing now, but who is to say your group won’t expand?
The real key is comfort. If you and your friends want to play for a few hours, think about the chairs carefully; make sure they’re right for prolonged periods, rather than uncomfortable and tough to remain seated.
Also, depending on your poker room, you might want to think about a fridge to keep beverages and snacks cool and within reach. This is more pertinent if your poker room is away from the main house, in a basement or garage.
When you think of a poker room, it is almost always darkened, and you should consider that when designing your space. If you have the budget, two light circuits will be right, the main light that illuminates the whole room and a playing light. This will be a single bulbed affair, hanging directly over the table you wish to play on. You can have some fun with it, especially the shade, which can fit any design you want to, and if you really want to go all-in, have a dimmer on it too, for those atmospheric, high-tension hands. The key is to focus all the light on the playing area, shutting out the rest of the room.
If you shut out the rest of the room whilst playing, the actual décor is a free choice. If you’re into mid-century modern, feel free to explore that avenue, the same for any style. Poker is versatile, and as long as you have the right playing area setup, the way the rest of the room looks is up to you. You might go Wild West barroom or Monte Carlo casino. Have some fun, wow your friends with your flair, and then make it a full house with a big win once the gaming starts.
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