Before we dive in, we’re going to make a couple of assumptions. You already have your PC or gaming console and at least one monitor or TV to use. If not, then you better go to Costco or fire up Amazon and start ordering ASAP.
Are you finished? Good.
Now it’s time to put together your space. Your gaming room or space is pivotal to your experience. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an e-Sport legend or want a chill way to wind down after work, you have to make a comfortable space for yourself.
Let’s dive in now so you can get back to Steam, Xbox Live, Twitch, or wherever else you enjoy the amazing world of gaming.
1. It’s All About the Chair
We all have that friend who has a $5000 rig with the most ridiculous specs who sits on a wooden stool. Don’t be that guy.
The exact chair you get depends on whether you’re a PC or console gamer. That’s because PC Gamers tend to sit at their desks and are level with their keyboards, mice, and other equipment. On the other hand, console gamers tend to play with the controller near the laps.
Either way, you just need to pay attention to one keyword: “ergonomic.” Ergonomic means it’s been designed with the human body shape in mind. Basically, it’s what prevents carpal tunnel syndrome and other painful conditions from sitting around too long.
Find a chair that gives you a relaxed, comfortable fit. You want the athleisure equivalent of sitting!
And don’t forget to get up once in a while. While you might not convert to a standing desk, at least stretch once an hour!
2. Get the Right Software
Many people spend big on games but then don’t fork out a few extra bucks for a few essentials to make their experience better.
Above all, we’re talking about a VPN. What is a VPN? A VPN or virtual private network is a gamer’s best friend. Not only can it protect you from DDoS attacks, but it also increases your privacy and security and unlock games from different regions around the world.
VPN software is really easy to use. Download it and have it enabled anytime you’re online, especially when you’re gaming. As an added perk, they can even enhance performance in some settings too.
Don’t forget about other good software like multimedia and screen sharing tools, along with other privacy tools like password managers.
3. Sound It Out!
Great you got an 8K monitor setup that looks more real than reality itself. Now, why are you playing sound out the tiny and distorted speaker out the back?
Sound is essential for an excellent gaming experience. It creates the immersion you need to truly become one with the game.
And this is one area where even small investments will pay off significantly. You can find a vast range of “gaming speaker setups” for under $100 on Amazon. Likewise, you can find better headsets too.
Best of all, you can use the upgraded sound for an enhanced movie-watching experience too.
4. Master Lighting
Every gamer has blackout curtains. How else do you block out that nasty sunlight to see your monitors glowing at full capacity?
However, you can do a little better than a pitch-dark room illuminated by your equipment and extension cords.
LED strip lighting will take your rig into the future. You place one strip under the rim of your desk, others along the wall. It’s up to you. You can even control color, brightness, and even effects directly from your phone to set the perfect mood for whatever game you’re playing.
5. Odds and Ends
A few final touches make any space complete. Put a little personal flair into your setup. These days, many gamers like to have a few fake plants, especially succulents, since they look like they come from an alien world.
You might also want floating shelves, comfy blankets, posters, and anything else. This is an area where you don’t have to spend much. Limit your budget to $20-30 and get creative. These lasting touches are what will make your gaming space feel like your spiritual home.
Creating the Perfect Gaming Space
We’re proud of you. By staying in and gaming, you’re doing your part to make the world safer. Treat yourself and follow these tips to create the space of your dreams.