A shipping container is a blank canvas when it comes to design. Much like how its robust corrugated interior can be filled with almost anything, a container conversion can be the basis for nearly any type of residential, commercial or recreational space.

One great example of this, and something that has become an increasing point of interest for people struggling for space in their homes, is using a container to create a recreation space or a games room.

Ever since the golden age of the parlour game, the games room has largely been seen as a nice-to-have feature in a lot of homes, whether it takes the form of an additional area to socialise, an area to indulge in computer games or a more traditional gaming parlour.

Whatever your goal, a shipping container is a good place to start, especially if you follow some of these top tips to make the most of the particularly rigidly defined space.

Consider Your Dimensions With Walls And Floor

Shipping containers have fairly rigid and standardised sizes, but it is important to note that these dimensions do not take into account the fact that you will need to fit a floor and walls into that space.

This means that the height and width of the games room are going to be at a premium compared to the length, and this needs to be factored into your furniture choices.

For example, any chairs or tables you want to add to the space need to be less than two metres wide but must also have enough space for people to comfortably move around.

Any screens or machines you want to add also need to fit in the space. This can sometimes be a problem for certain arcade machines that are above the standard two-metre height of a traditional upright cabinet.

However, shipping containers can also be stacked and placed together, so if you are struggling with a single container, buying two, welding them together and cutting the walls out could create a much more open space.

Factor In Wiring And Lighting 

Unless you plan to light your game room via candlelight, you are going to need to ensure that you have it wired professionally to add lighting, heating and power supplies for any games that require electricity.

As well as this, it is also worth looking into where you want to fit windows and window coverings, to ensure that the space feels welcoming, airy and inviting, although this can depend on what your intentions are with the game room and whether it affects certain technical components.

Weatherproofing And Climate Control

This is primarily important if there are any electronic components to your gaming room, but preparing your shipping container so it is ready to be a comfortable living and entertainment space means looking into controlling heat and humidity levels.

The corrugated metal that gives containers their iconic look can get very hot in summer and very cold in winter without adequate insulation, and moisture can affect and damage games and electronics if it is not controlled through dehumidification means.

Talking to experts is the best way to ensure that your container is fit for purpose.

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