Creating Your Own DIY Gaming Sanctuary

Having a place that you carefully curate for gaming can help you turn your interest into an escape and sanctuary from everyday life. Whether you dabble in video games like AAA titles or play online slots like those found at, having a space where you can fully immerse yourself in a game will create an enjoyable experience and enhance your gameplay.

There are a few key aspects to consider for a dream gaming sanctuary — regardless of your personal aesthetic or preferences. The following items will take your dedicated gaming space to another level, whether you’re into a floral and pastel gamer aesthetic or one that’s dark and moody.

Dedicated Space

Whether you’re using an entire room or a small area of a room for gaming, having a space dedicated to your passion is the first step in transforming the activity from a fun pastime to an enjoyable getaway from everyday life. Within your home, look for a quiet place with few to no distractions and a place you won’t miss if you set up a gaming rig.

While deciding where you’ll establish your gaming sanctuary, you’ll also want to consider either how strong your internet signal is there or how easily you can hard line your internet to the space. You should also consider what might cause a glare (like a large window) that will impact your screen, so that you can address this in your space planning.


Having the right desk can make or break the gaming experience. It’ll provide the surface for your computer, monitors, and many gaming accessories. Of course, a gaming desk will come with extra bells and whistles, like cup holders, hanging space for headphones, and cable storage, but don’t be afraid to consider a different style of desk that will best suit your space and preferences. 

For instance, if you’re taking over a small area of your bedroom or living room, an L-shaped desk can provide a great deal of surface area and be tucked into a corner to still leave plenty of space in the rest of the room. Or, if you’re looking to keep active and moving in your gaming routine, you may want to consider a sit-stand desk that allows you to avoid sitting while playing or even add in a desk treadmill.

Gaming Chair 

If you’re setting up a gaming station, odds are you’re likely planning a few gaming marathons. A marathon necessitates a comfortable, supportive chair. Look for one that’s adjustable, ergonomic, and a comfortable size for your gaming space.

Computer Monitor

A quality monitor (or a few) can help take your game to the next level, even if you’re already playing on a high-quality laptop with the best graphics. Qualities to consider in a monitor include refresh time, response time, and resolution — though the specifics of these will vary depending on the types of games you play. 

Including a monitor stand in your gaming station can help bring your monitor(s) to a comfortable eye level, helping to protect your neck and back while you play. While you’re at it, including a laptop stand can help raise your laptop to a more comfortable height and keep it at a cooler operating temperature so your computer doesn’t overheat in the thick of the game.

Audio Equipment

Adding surround sound speakers or a headset to your sanctuary will help create an immersive experience. Just don’t forget to include a headphone stand or hook to keep your gaming space looking polished and organized when you’re not using it.

Keyboard & Mouse

Having a reliable keyboard and mouse can help improve your gameplay by preventing ‘ghosting’ (multiple keys being clicked in one stroke) and helping you navigate quickly and seamlessly through the game. If you plan on playing in a dark setting, consider a back-lit keyboard that makes it easier to navigate the keys.

Game Controller & Stand 

Some games require more than a keyboard and mouse; that’s where gaming controllers come into play. This means that you’ll want to have a controller at the ready for your station alongside a place to store it when it’s not in use.

Ambient Lighting

Including lighting like a desk lamp, LED strips, or lighting panels adds decorative light and enhances gameplay. If you’re creating a gaming station with little overhead light, the strips and panels can help you navigate the overall game station. But, more notably, having lighting beyond your monitors helps limit eye strain. 

Cable Management

With all the devices needed to keep your gaming station up and running, you’ll want to look into cable management systems like an enclosed box with openings for the various cables required or a rack you can attach and store excess cable length on.


Odds are you’ll end up with a few odds and ends relating to your gaming (or just from life in general). Use the vertical space of your gaming console for things like shelves or hooks to store items on, or add a drawer or shelving unit below your desk. It never hurts to give yourself multiple storage options.


Make your gaming sanctuary even more appealing and inviting so that even if you’re not playing, it gives you a dose of happiness. Add decorative elements, like posters from your favourite game, plants, dried flowers, photos, or wall art. You can even create a more sensory experience with oil diffusers or candles.

Create a Space That Welcomes You

Regardless of your style or favourite games to play, including these basic elements in your gaming space will help create a place where you can fully escape into the virtual world.


See some more of my lifestyle posts here


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *