Do you love entertaining? Or need help keeping your kids busy over the summer break? If so, a recreation room would be a great addition to your home! A recreation room is a fully customizable space that you can design to meet your family’s specific needs. 

Whether your family is passionate about video games, music, sports, or movies – your recreation room furniture and decor can reflect your family’s interests. 

Keep reading to see which quality items our experts at Greater Southern Home Recreation recommend to create an entertaining space your family and friends can enjoy all year.

What to Include in Your Recreation Room

Pool Table

With about 36 million participants, billiards is one of the most popular activities in America. This makes a pool table a great item for your rec room and one that your family and friends will love. 

When buying a pool table, you should first determine which size is best for your recreation room. 

This will depend on your available space and what you are looking for from your pool experience. 

There are four common pool table sizes: 6 ft, 7 ft, 8 ft, and 9 ft. It’s also important to adjust your measurements depending on the cue length you use.

Your pool table can also add to an already-established theme. There are many styles of pool tables on sale. Greater Southern offers five main styles of pool tables — Contemporary, Rustic, Industrial, Transitional, and Traditional. 

While Pool tables can be one of the more expensive items for a recreation or playroom, tables are available for all budgets. The Winfield Pool Table, for example, is great for those looking to play pool at home without breaking the bank. It offers a perfect blend of transitional and traditional design but could be tailored to your taste by customizing the wood finish or felt color. Even the billiard balls can be customized to fit your rec room’s theme and style!

Tables and Seating

One of the best ways to brainstorm recreational room ideas is to choose your theme. Once you’ve chosen the purpose of your recreation room (gaming, relaxing, sports watching, etc.), you need to buy furniture that encourages that activity. 

The seating and furniture you choose for your recreation room can be tailored to the activities you plan to host. Consider theater seating if you use your recreational room for movie marathons or spectator chairs if you enjoy playing and watching table games with friends. 

Seating is important since it encourages guests to gather around certain areas in your space and also helps encourage conversation or relaxation. 

If you want to create a private bar in your recreation room, comfortable bar stools are necessary. You can also place corner shelves around pool tables or smaller spaces for guests to place drinks and snacks without interrupting games.

For larger spaces or designated gaming areas, game tables are great for everything from poker to go-fish. An official gaming table can make game nights with friends and family feel more official and exciting! To get even more out of your game table, you can look for tables with cup holders, or that can be reversed between a game table and a hardwood dining room table.


Roughly 17 million people play darts in the United States, with many playing in competitions or clubs around the country. Darts is a popular game for many reasons, but one of the biggest ones being its affordability and doesn’t need a large area to play. 

When buying a dart board, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. A traditional dartboard is made from sisal fiber. This material automatically seals the hole after you remove a dart. This is important since you wouldn’t want your dartboard full of large holes after only a few months of use, so make sure you note what the base of the dartboard is made of before buying. 

You also want to choose a dartboard with solid density and depth so your dart doesn’t bounce off while playing.

Even in the smallest recreation rooms, dart boards can be hung up on the backs of doors or in cabinets to be tucked away if needed. If you have kids and prefer a safer option than sharp metal darts, you could always opt for an electronic dart board!

Arcade Games

Who didn’t love going to arcades as a kid? Now, you can create your own arcade in your recreation room at home! Arcade games are a great item in recreation rooms as they’re easy for kids to learn and play but also nostalgic and beloved by adults.

Pinball machines don’t require as much space as a pool table, so you can simply find an area with an outlet and let the games begin! You can also customize your pinball machine or find one decorated with characters and movie stars you love. 

Greater Southern has a wide variety of pinball machines to choose from. From the Guardians of the Galaxy to Pulp Fiction, there’s sure to be a pinball machine right for you. 

You can also include skeeball tables, stand-up basketball games, or other video games like “Buck-Hunter” in your at-home arcade. When the summer months roll around, your family will love having friends over and playing arcade games together for hours on end in your recreation room.

Board Games

Game nights are a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. With your own recreation room, you’ll have the space to play all the board games you love, from chess to Settlers of Catan. 

Science shows that family game nights can help kids develop better social and fine motor skills. So, not only are game nights fun — they’re also educational! Games like chess help kids develop logic and critical thinking skills, while cribbage can help with finger dexterity. While playing board games, kids learn and grow while having fun!

There are so many fun board games to choose from. Chess, Backgammon, and Dominos are some of the most popular online at Greater Southern. Game nights with your loved ones are a great tradition, and having several board game options in your recreation room will allow everyone in your family to find a game they love playing.

Greater Southern Recreation Room Furniture

There are many variables to consider when looking for the right items for your game room. Greater Southern has you covered no matter what theme you choose for your recreation room. 

From arcade games, poker tables, theatre chairs, and bar stools — we have quality items to entertain your family and friends. Please contact us if you have any questions or if you need help selecting the best items for your dream recreational room!