Ideas for Men's Sports Rooms

If you're looking to dress up a basement or spare room as a new sports room, you will have to balance the demands of your budget with everything on your wish list. To some, this might mean compromise, but for many men this just means prioritizing purchases. Before you decide which items should come first, keep in mind that friends never mind sitting on an old scuffed couch when it's strategically placed in front of a huge flat-screen TV.

LED TV

If you don't want to be limited by local TV stations or your cable or satellite subscription, a Smart TV gives you the ability to load sports apps for additional games and events. For example, with an MLB.tv premium subscription, you can watch any game anytime without blackout restrictions, regardless of where you live. Networks like ESPN also have apps that give you deeper insight into the games and the players behind them.

Sports Apps

If you don't want to be limited by local TV stations or your cable or satellite subscription, a Smart TV gives you the ability to load sports apps for additional games and events. For example, with an MLB.tv premium subscription, you can watch any game anytime without blackout restrictions, regardless of where you live. Networks like ESPN also have apps that give you deeper insight into the games and the players behind them.

Sports-Appropriate Decor

If you support your home teams, it should be easy enough to find sports-themed decor for the room at retailers in your city or at the stadiums. If your teams aren't local, you can usually find lots of merchandise in the home and office section of your team's official website store. These range from mugs and glasses to autographed framed posters, rugs and even remote control caddies. To save some money or to find rare collector's items, try online auction sites.

Adding a Few Extras

Unless you live alone, it may be hard to justify a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient refrigerator just to keep your beverages cold. Put the new fridge in the kitchen, and then ask your buddies to help you move your current fridge into the sports room. It will hold a lot more cans, bottles and left-over pizza than the old mini-fridge you salvaged from your dorm room.

Keeping a sports room functional can be difficult between seasons or during rain delays. You can solve this problem with a new a Blu-ray player and a game console. Remember that new track lighting or recessed ceiling lights will save you money in the long run if you install energy-efficient LED bulbs.

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