Creating a Sports Bar Out of a Family Room
Those of us with kids know the struggle that comes as they get older, start sharing some of the same interests and what to do with that shared space.
With a 500swaure foot family room that Sherry Gregor never quite liked, one afternoon they learned that something had to be done about it finally. While sitting down with their two teenage sons to watch some sports, Sherry and her husband Keith soon figured out two of their favorite teams were playing at the same time. What to do? Bring in an extra TV of course to watch the games side by side. Thus an idea was born, after the second tv hung around longer than it should have, due more to laziness than anything else (we have all been there) Sherry decided the setup could work. Just turn the family room into a sports bar, and the families game watching and use of space dilemma would be solved. Although sports bar themes have long been considered a "man cave" staple, the Gregor's knew it would fit perfectly with their family's love of all things sports.
Now they had a plan and just needed some help to execute it. After meeting with a local wood designer who was up for the unique challenge of turning a family space into sports themed common area, designing began. First, they created some wood panels to cover the walls with; this masculine look t is often associated with old English style pubs. The wall panels were constructed of solid stained maple one by fours and is the centerpiece of the new room. They then adorned the walls with various pieces of sports memorabilia from framed jerseys and team pictures to football helmets of some local high school, college, and professional teams. The main viewing wall complete with two 60-inch TVs that flank an 80-inch one in the center. Above the middle screen is a ticker that is continuously scrolling sports scores and news. The room has two coolers on the left — one for wine, another for beer and soda. Above them, LEDs illuminate hard liquor bottles. With a raised platform stadium style seating in the center of the room, you can also host a movie night any day of the week. Nestled in the corner is a padded vinyl banquet booth, perfect gathering place to talk about movies or the latest game.
When it comes to creating your sports bar themed room in your home, the possibilities are endless. A little thinking outside of the box and finding a contractor who is not afraid of the challenge and you can be on your way to fabulous sports bar themed room. While some may believe that it is a strange idea at first, one afternoon in this awesome hangout will convert even the staunchest of critics, and they will be begging to hang out every weekend.