Gaming Setup Ideas for Small Rooms: Maybe you’re a college student trying to figure out how you’ll fit a decent gaming PC in your bedroom. Maybe you live in a big city and play space is at a premium in your apartment or condo. It could even be a new or expecting parent trying to relocate their play deck to make room for cribs, playpens, and other baby essentials.
Whatever the reason, many people have to condense their PC gaming setups into a smaller space than they’d prefer. Fear not – you can still have an amazing setup that provides a comfortable place to kick back and enjoy your favorite games! Keep these seven tips in mind when designing your compact PC gaming rig.
1. Choose a PC with a smaller form factor.
Whether you’re doing a custom build or buying a pre-built gaming PC, there are tons of options for solid PCs that give you more power with less tower. Compact gaming PCs come in many shapes and sizes, including some that minimize your footprint with a vertical case, and most use micro-ATX or mini-ITX motherboards.
What kind of performance can you expect from a mini PC? As always, it depends on your resources and tastes of the game. Many of today’s budget mini PCs offer excellent performance on entry-level products like Supervision either League of Legends, but it’s certainly not impossible to find (or build) mini PCs that will let you play current AAA titles. Keep in mind, however, that these may be more expensive and/or more difficult to build than comparable full-size kits.
2. Mount your screen to the wall (or other bulky parts of your rig).
If you own your home or condo, wall-mounting various parts of your setup can open up a lot of space. Monitors are the most common choice as most gamers want the largest screen possible or want to use a multi-display setup. However, there’s no reason why you can’t mount other system elements like your speakers or even your tower to walls. Just be sure to mount to studs instead of drywall alone.
For renters and students, who often don’t have the option of mounting it on the wall, a monitor arm can be an efficient alternative that also makes it easy to position the monitor the way you want it. For a finishing touch, some gamers also like to mount a hanging shelf or pegboard to the wall where they can store things like gaming headsets or controllers within easy reach.
3. Adopt the combination of desk and loft bed.
Here’s one for college students, or anyone who has a really small space to work. A loft bed with a desk underneath will free up plenty of space for a compact battle station while also giving you a comfortable place to sleep. Worried about keeping a roommate awake at night? Add a curtain around the desk to create the gamer cave of your dreams.
Careful measurement will once again pay off here. You need to know the exact dimensions of the space, the loft bed, and any furniture that will be placed under it. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a small fan to keep you cool. Between the confined space and the heat of the electronics, it might get a little toasty in your corner of paradise.
4. Invest in a quality compact desk.
Looking to reduce the overall footprint of your setup without compromising performance? Get a compact office or gaming desk. These desks use a variety of design tricks to maximize space, from multi-tier layouts that keep your monitor and keyboard at the perfect height to an “L” shape that turns any corner of a room into your ultimate battle station.
You don’t even necessarily need to search for a gaming desk specifically. Many office desks will have the features you’re looking for, like cable organizers or a tower shelf. However, pay attention to ergonomics. You’ll probably want something that maximizes legroom and gives your elbows plenty of room during gaming sessions.
5. Add accent lighting to give the space the ambience you want.
Even if your play area is just one corner of the room, well-chosen lighting can make it a place where you really feel at home. Simpler options include string lights and basic LED strip lights. These offer a huge improvement over hard overhead lighting, and are easy to change and customize into a design that works for you.
However, many gamers want to go further and have full RGB LED lighting, even in a small setup. Fortunately, there are many ways to do this! Most gaming hardware companies offer RGB-equipped mice, keyboards, cases, and all kinds of gear. However, if you want to maximize flexibility and minimize the hassle of synchronizing colors across different hardware, an all-in-one LED system can offer a lot of money, and most are modest in size.
6. Check your cables and wires.
A large tangle of cables on your desk can take up a lot of space in your setup, so attacking cable management head-on is a key part of maximizing space. Here are some of the best tips for improving cable management in a compact PC gaming setup:
- Use a cable trunking to consolidate your cables into one route, especially when it comes to power cables.
- If your desk doesn’t have cable management holes, consider adding them yourself. It is easier than you think!
- Consider a wireless mouse, keyboard, and/or headset. Today’s models have banished the lag of previous generations and can make a difference in reducing cables.
- Get a set of cable clips and use them to control any cables that are giving you trouble.
7. Create side-by-side setups with your roommate or partner.
Sometimes, you don’t have one, but two people who need gaming setups in a small space. If that’s the case, have you thought about creating an area with side-by-side configurations?
The advantage of this strategy: Sharing really is caring! You won’t have to worry about finding two separate spaces in a small apartment, and you can share things like power strips, storage space, or even a double computer desk if you so choose. Plus, it can be a lot of fun playing side by side, especially if you’re actually playing together.
This won’t work for everyone! Some people will go crazy playing together, and some spaces just aren’t big enough. But if you are a very social player, this idea is worth thinking about!
Gaming is all about the experience, so don’t let a little space keep you from getting the experience you want! Although a small setup may require a little extra planning, it can absolutely be done and the results look amazing.