Another Great Idea For The Holidays: Home Recreation Center

Another Great Idea For The Holidays: Home Recreation Center


Recreation Room

A Home Improvement Project You Can Live With

With Christmas just a few days away, you’ve probably finished up your shopping and have wrapped most of your gifts. No sense waiting ’til the last minute, right? One present you may not have thought about could be the perfect gift for the entire family — a home recreation center. Yes, if you are looking for a way to build togetherness, then a home rec room with a poker table, billiard table, table tennis or other type of game table can help bring that about. A family rec room is one home improvement project that doesn’t cost a whole lot and one that the entire family will enjoy.

4 Benefits To Having A Home Rec Room

A home rec room (home recreation center) has many benefits when made part of most any household:

1. Builds Family Time — As children approach their teen years, it can be difficult to think of ways to keep the family connected. Some families choose camping, others outdoor sports, but when it comes to indoor activities, many families will sit around and watch television together. Although joint t.v. watching isn’t necessarily bad, if you want to converse with your children by finding out how they are doing, then playing family games is essential to getting their attention. Imagine your spouse and children enjoying pool nights in your recently renovated rec room.

2. Gives Teens A Place To Hang Out — Older teens will often want to spend their time hanging with their friends and less time with their family. You may be fine with this, but you may not like your teens being out at night, unsupervised. Instead of squashing your teen’s social life, why not open up your family rec room to all of her friends? Stock the rec room fridge with cold drinks and have snacks on hand and you’ll attract a crowd that might otherwise not be interested in staying home.

3. Saves On Entertainment Costs — Your initial outlay in furniture and equipment can quickly be recovered if the bulk of your family time has been spent outside of the home and at venues where you have been dropping $20, $30 or more per visit. Bowling, putt putt, and other “outside of the home” activities can get expensive; why not take some of that entertainment money and invest in equipment you will own and can use at any time?

4. Adds Value To Your Home — Homes with a dedicated recreation area are of greater value than homes without a rec room. If you plan on selling your home at some point, a home recreation area is an attractive feature particularly for buyers looking for dedicated rec space. You may not even have to take on a big home improvement project to create a rec room as your existing basement, bonus room, or unused den can do the trick.

Shop the big box retailers including Target, KMart, WalMart, Sam’s Club, BJs and Costco to find the equipment for your rec room, but also consider online classified sites such as Craigslist to find used equipment at bargain prices. Families upgrading their equipment or who are moving will often try to sell what they don’t need and at prices far lower than what you would pay for new.

Your family rec room is something you can put together between the holidays — enjoy your Christmas and the fun your family will have with your home recreation room.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".