It’s hard to believe it’s already here, but for many it’s the most wonderful time of the year – football season.
If you anxiously awaited football season all summer long, then you probably put some thought into where and how you wanted to watch certain games or how you hoped to enjoy your Sunday, Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons for the next few months.
Maybe you have a neighborhood Sports Bar, but it can be loud, your game might not be on the big TV, and you’ll have to put up with that rival team’s fan base too. Going to a game at your team’s stadium is exciting, but freezing for hours while you pay a premium for your seat isn’t ideal either. If you’re like a lot of people you may have decided that your own home is the best place to truly enjoy game day. If so, then get ready for a play-by-play of how some of our own clients have created the perfect place to cheer on their team.
Be Wide Open
Start with an area that has plenty of space to accommodate everyone and the furniture needed to provide seating for a big group. Consider movable/stow able options like floor pillows, ottomans and poufs for the kids. Large sectional couches are great, but for those who need a little personal space, additional seating areas with sight lines to the TV are great. Remember that just because you don’t have a separate media or bonus room doesn’t mean you can’t create the perfect game day spot. Large living spaces that are open to kitchen and dining areas can be ideal for transporting snacks and providing additional seating.
Take it Outside
Why watch the game in your “cave” when you can watch it in the great outdoors? Create an outdoor entertainment area with a covered or screened in porch. Weather-resistant TV’s and outdoor speakers bring the excitement outside. Remember to provide lots of comfortable seating, preferably huddled around an outdoor fireplace or fire pit for ultimate coziness. For folks not interested in football, provide other outdoor games like cornhole or bocce to keep everyone entertained.
And while you’re out there, don’t forget the food. An outdoor kitchen is the perfect pairing so you can grill, smoke and prepare all the meats without losing eye sight of the TV. And an outdoor fridge will provide a convenient spot for cold beer, wine and more – no having to go in and out of the house. It’s like a great tailgating party in the convenience of your own home!
Raise the Bar
If you have the space, there’s nothing quite like having your own sports bar. Stocked with your favorite beverages, it’s the perfect place to watch the game with your crew.
For the optimal sports bar experience, mount a TV on the bar back, so folks can sit and watch the game with a drink in hand.
For the full sports bar experience, provide additional entertainment areas with a pool table, ping pong table or shuffleboard.
Extra points for comfy seating areas with an additional TV so you can watch all the games at once.
Build It In
Custom built-ins around your TV area provide not just a place for extra storage, but a spot to display your favorite football team’s paraphernalia.
They can also be a great spot for housing surround sound speakers and other AV components. Built-in speakers in the walls and ceilings are also a great option if you’re remodeling or doing new construction. A mounted projector system can come in handy as either your main viewing area or as a way to show a second game without having to mount another permanent screen.
Customization is the name of the game.