One of the most rewarding projects on a home is upgrading your guest spaces. Entertaining at home can be a fun time for both you and your guests, but it really depends on the effort you’ve put into it—and having a dedicated entertainment space is the best way to impress your guests and keep the good times flowing.
However, it can be a struggle to know where to get started. Just why should you put your resources into your entertainment space, and what’s the best way to go about it?
Why Entertainment Spaces Are So Important
If you have the budget and space to create a place for guests to hang out and enjoy themselves, it can be invaluable for you, your family, and friends. It gives them a place to relax and creates bonds between people that may not otherwise get a chance to sit down and talk, and playing host is very rewarding when you see the gratitude and the memories that can be shared.
However, when coming up with entertaining ideas, guests are all different—and it’s important to consider the kind of people you usually have over. Do they like to drink? Do they like to play games? Would they rather sit around and talk than engage in activities?
Once you have your answers, you’ll have a good idea of what will work for your entertainment room design.
Ideas to Revamp Your Entertainment Space
Whether you’re looking to build an entertainment room or come up with an outdoor entertainment area, these ideas are all potentially winners.
Deck Out a Game Room
If your social circle loves to engage in activities while they hang out, then consider a game room! Game rooms allow for memories to be made and conversation to flow, all while removing the potential awkwardness some people can feel in social settings because there’s something to focus on. Consider having:
- Classic arcade games like Pac-Man
- Retro and new consoles that set up on TVs with multiple controllers
- Classic bar games like air hockey and pool
- Board games and tables where people can play and get to know new friends while catching up with old ones
Game rooms are incredibly versatile, whether on a patio featuring ping pong or in a converted basement with an antique poker table.
Curate a Cocktail Bar
If you have friends who enjoy a good drink, then consider gathering the ingredients for a cocktail bar in a dedicated space in your home. With a few liquors, liqueurs, syrups, sodas, and juices, you have the basic staples for many different classic cocktails (and mocktails for guests who don’t drink) and can impress people with your mixology skills.
You can even host themed nights and draft up some cocktail menus to hand out—served alongside some delicious nibbles, of course. Your cocktail “bar” can be anything from a sleek and simple cart to a rustic wood cabinet, all depending on your style and space limitations.
Can’t spare the space inside the home? Enjoy cocktail hour al fresco with an outdoor bar complete with comfy bar stools and cocktail umbrellas for your summer-themed concoctions.
Personalize Your Lounge
Sometimes you don’t need a dedicated guest space to entertain. Consider revamping your lounge to make it more sociable, adding touches like dimmable lighting and artwork to make the space more interesting and inviting.
Make sure seating is facing seating so that when you are hosting, guests can sit and chat to each other rather than be directed to stare at the television. Also consider having fresh flowers and lighting candles to add a homey, welcoming scent.
A drinks cart in the corner, a long coffee table or ottoman running the length between seating, and a curated stack of board and card games makes this space functional for all family members’ entertaining needs.
Work with Your Patio
If you’re looking for outdoor entertainment ideas, then it’s time to work with your patio. You can set up an outdoor kitchen complete with pizza oven, as well as comfy seating and relaxing lighting. You can also choose to have a firepit in the yard so that guests can stay cozy and even roast marshmellows.
If you live in a state that doesn’t have good weather all year round (or even most of the year), then one of the best patio entertainment ideas is to add an enclosure. Enclosures will protect your furniture and guests from the elements, as long as you choose the right one—like Enclosure Guy’s patio covers.
Tips to Remember When Designing Your Entertainment Space
All in all, there’s so much you could do with your entertainment space, and what you settle on really depends on a few things:
- Your personal tastes
- What kind of guests you have over
- What you would get the most use out of
- Your space
- Your budget
Remember, there are ideas for every type of house and every available budget.
Why Enclosure Guy?
If you’ve chosen to revamp your patio, then you can’t go wrong with Enclosure Guy’s clear vinyl patio enclosures. They’re designed to keep out strong wind and rain, as well as insulate the temperature of your patio—reducing energy bills and, more importantly, keeping you and your guests comfortable.
They can be custom fit to any patio, and we offer design consultations to ensure you’ll be happy with the final result. To talk to us about finishing off your beautiful patio with an enclosure, call (830) 445-4500 or get a quick quote on our website.