It’s ‘Game On’ in Yorkshire right now and as some of us have been watching the World Snooker Championship in its 40th appearance at the famous Crucible in Sheffield, it seems a good time to think about a Games room. If you’re not hooked on the snooker, you might be contemplating whether Gary Monk can drive Leeds United back to the Premiership or if it will be the year for Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday. Forty years ago a games room would probably have had a chess set and maybe a darts board, but our love of home leisure has really driven a change in the appearance of luxury homes. There’s a few different variants of treat rooms (home cinema, swimming pool, bars), and a games rooms is an example of pay once, enjoy forever, whatever the weather!
Homeowners are increasingly looking to improve how their home supports their leisure activities and a games room with a snooker or pool table or even the classic table football adds a little bit of luxury and hours of enjoyment for people of all ages. There’s not a great deal to be said about table football other than ‘you get what you pay for’. Yorkshire has a fair few abandoned table football sets with sloping pitches, jammed defenders on rusty tracks or balls lost under the settee. So, if we focus on the green baize, here’s my five top tips if you are contemplating creating a games room and nurturing your inner “Rocket Ronnie”:
1. Unless you have a room the size of the Crucible, a full size snooker table is unlikely to work. Fear not, whilst your dream of a 147 break in your own home may be over, there is still the possibility of a great game and a great time with a smaller pool table. There are different sizes on the market to suit your requirements and a 4′ x 7′ is a good compromise but remember you will need at least another 4′ around the perimeter to avoid cueing frustration!
2. Don’t go too cheap (because it won’t be too cheerful). You need a table with a decent slate bed. Prices are still reasonable and it is worth using a specialist supplier. I know of a very good experience with a dpt table and there will be other specialist firms out there, like Yorkshire’s own Robert Read Snooker based in Huddersfield.
3. Pool tables are not too difficult to set up but it is worth using a professional (the local agent of the specialist supplier perhaps) to set it up in the first instance and show you the tricks of the trade.
4. Buy two sets of balls (snooker and pool) for twice the fun and a sneaky way of getting the kids to practice arithmetic!
5. Invest in a cue rack to avoid cue damage as well as the head over heels accident when it’s left in the wrong place.
6. Finally, a cover will keep the dust off and a brush will keep your felt looking good.
So, where is everybody finding the space for tense snooker battles or their own Championship play-off? Well, new luxury home builders are increasingly adding a games room as part of today’s specification. Owners of traditional homes are looking at ways of using their existing space to suit their changing lifestyle. The formal dining room is under pressure as people focus on kitchen diners and decide that one or two great Christmas season dinners don’t justify the space. Sometimes the space is found in the garden and great producers like Oeco in Ripon are experts in producing stylish, energy efficient garden rooms for every use.
It may be twenty one years since Joe Johnstone from Bradford lifted snookers biggest trophy and around fifteen years since Leeds or Sheffield Wednesday made the top flight (forty five years for Huddersfield); but we can all dream in the comfort of our own home.
Sheree Foy MNAEA is Principal of Source Harrogate, a buying agency and property finding service specialising in sourcing premium houses and apartments in the Harrogate district, as well as helping Sellers achieve the best outcome. For more information visit: 220.127.116.11/sourceharrogate.co.uk, contact Sheree by e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01423 788759 for a no obligation chat at an early stage.