A Guide to Converting a Spare Bedroom Into a Rec Room

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If you have a spare bedroom in your home and want to transform the space, then a rec room is an ideal option. A rec room provides living space to play games, watch movies, and enjoy stand-alone arcades. As you plan the rec room design, you will run into the need for upgrades to make the room more useful.

Use this guide to learn about the room conversion and ways professional contractors can help make the rec room design become a reality.

Outlet Upgrades

Once the whole bedroom is cleared out, one of the first upgrades to consider for a rec room is outlet upgrades. As you connect arcades, televisions, and other equipment, you want to ensure you have plenty of outlets to plug your items into. Outlets spread across multiple parts of the room will help you plan out a design where not everything is forced into a single outlet.

The upgrades can handle large power loads and include different items like karaoke machines, specialty lights, and other fun rec room objects you plug into walls. In some cases, you may consider a floor outlet installation.

For example, if you want to place an air hockey table in the center of the room, you can use a floor outlet so you don’t have to extend a cable across the room or press the air hockey table against a wall.


The flooring you choose for the rec room will make a big difference in the way you utilize the space. For example, if you plan on placing arcade machines or rec room items like a billiards table, you want to have a stable and level floor. Ideally, you want to remove any carpet and replace the floor with a wooden or composite design.

Once you place all of your items inside the rec room, you can lay down smaller throw carpets to provide comfort and soft options for the space.


If you have a video game or TV watching area, you can provide plenty of seating options for everyone to enjoy the rec room. If you have a larger family or often have guests over, then consider theater seating. A couple rows of comfortable theater seating will provide you with plenty of space to watch movies and play games.

Large reclining theater-style seats may feature cupholders and leg rests. Seats with built-in subwoofers will create vibrations during movies and television shows.

Home Theater Options

Along with the seating, you have many home theater options for the space. One of the digital options to consider is smart app connections for a home theater. Through a smart home system, you can connect all your home theater devices to an app to control inputs and sound levels. The smart home connection can also expand to lighting and thermostat levels.

As you settle down in the home theater, you can control everything without having to get up or rely on a whole collection of remotes. The home theater upgrades will also include the main screen you use for devices. For example, you could have a projection screen that only comes down when you want to watch something.

You can mount a TV to the wall to save space. The wall-mounted television will help give the room more space for other rec room items or additional seating. If the former bedroom had a closet, then you could convert the closet space to a media closet with all of your players and storage racks ideal for blu-rays, DVDs, and video games.

Work with our professional team at A Tech to help convert a bedroom into a state-of-the-art rec room. We will help you turn all of your ideas into a memorable space you will want to use on a daily basis.

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