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2 Questions You Need to Ask Before Creating a Rec Room

According to a 2016 Houzz and Home survey, over two-thirds of U.S. homeowners using the home improvement website had plans to create or include a recreation room in their newly-built home. If you're familiar with the recreation room designs in larger homes, you know that one of the most important parts of the room is the pool table.

A lot of family entertainment rooms include a pool table and some of them are even designed specifically for the table itself, effectively turning them into pool rooms. Typical qualities of a pool room include a wide berth around the billiards table and central lighting over the table to highlight its presence.

But if you're a new homeowner and you want to create a recreation room, you might not know exactly what you're doing. There's a big difference between looking at pictures and actually designing a recreation room, after all. So to help you get started, here are two questions you need to ask:

Who will use this room the most?

When you're creating a rec room, you need to think about its users. Will the kids use it most? Are you going to need a relaxing spot away from the kids? The ultimate design of your room will depend on the answers to these types of questions. A playroom may require more space for children's toys, while a game room or social area may call for more seating options and food or drink storage. Your family and your social habits will ultimately determine part of the answer to the next question, as well.

What will this room's primary function be?

It's important to figure out color, layout, and size as you develop your rec room, but most of those decisions rely on one thing: the room's primary purpose. Is this room going to be used mainly as a playroom for the kids? Are you planning on a room dedicated to retro video games?
No matter the size of your space, its purpose will be the deciding factor in how that space is used. For example, a room dedicated to pool will likely be designed around the table, as discussed above.

Depending on space's size, you might be able to cut it into pieces for different activities in different areas. You could create a fun playroom for the kids, and make another a place where adults can watch TV or make drinks at the bar. The end result is up to you!

There are a lot of options when it comes to recreation rooms, and you can design them however you'd like. But before you finalize your design and start in on the work, make sure you've answered the two primary questions above. After all, a rec room isn't realistic if nobody's using it.

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