Everyone needs to let off steam every once and a while, and shooting pool is one of the best ways to do so. No matter the state of the weather outside, a billiards room is always a safe place to find respite. If you’ve been considering turning your basic game space into a top of the line billiards room where you and your friends can gather, watch TV, and play some pool, here are a few awesome ideas to help you create a retreat that is the envy of all your friends.
The Pool Table
First and foremost, you’ll need a top of the line billiards table, and there are many from which to choose. Consider the size, shape, and design of the space you’ll be using when selecting the table, as you’ll want it to fit in perfectly. Do you love a classic wood table with red felt, leather pockets, and sculpted legs? If it’s supposed to be the central piece of the room, it’s the most important decision to make.
Most billiards rooms feature a light above the center of the table to help ensure great visibility when making trick and difficult shots. Chandeliers are popular options for lighting in this space, but definitely choose the lighting style that suits your style. Beyond the central fixture, the rest of the room can be enhanced with recessed lighting above, sconces on the wall, or even track lighting. Old-fashioned, gentleman’s club style calls for table lamps and lampshades. Make sure the lighting follows the design of the other elements.
Few billiards rooms are dry, so having a bar, big or small, can help make an in-home pool room a popular destination for friends and family. Basics include a small fridge, and plenty of cocktail mixing space. Be sure to invest in the appropriate accessories too. Collect the right glassware, coasters, and tools to make this area functional and fun.
It can be as simple as an iPod connection or as elaborate as surround sound speakers, but having access to great music while playing is essential for an awesome billiards room. If you have room in the budget, one of the most popular choices is to invest in a jukebox and fill it with a wide variety of favourite songs (try to resist only including your favourite genre or band). Functional and fun, it’s the piece that will ultimately catch everyone’s attention.
Unless you plan to stand all the time, you’re going to need a few pieces of furniture to ensure whoever isn’t currently making a shot has a place to relax. Comfortable furniture usually includes a few barstools, a couch or two, some tables, and some armchairs. If you plan on having a TV in this area as well, make sure there is enough seating to make it enjoyable to watch. Bookshelves can also be an excellent addition, making the pool room a dual billiards room and library. And, it should go without saying, there should be plenty of attractive storage furniture for all the pool cues, balls, racks, and chalk used during play.
There is always room for a few bonus items that really make any design come together. In the bar, that’s details like personalized coasters and glasses, in the main area it might be a fireplace or aquarium. Don’t forget to add décor to the walls, rugs to the floor, and liquor to the cabinets. After the final pieces are in place, call your buddies over for a celebratory game.
Many homeowners aspire to create a one-of-a-kind billiards room that allows them to relax, enjoy a drink, and catch up with friends while improving their play. Make your house the one to visit after work and on weekends with these great ideas for designing the ultimate billiards room.