10 Ways to Game Up Your Home

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The first generation to grow up playing video games is now feathering empty nests, and plenty more gamers are buying and filling homes. Furniture and home decor companies keep adding designs catering to video game lovers, and those with a bit of time and creativity keep designing and building their own! A really dedicated gamer could furnish the entire house this way, but it's more likely you'd want to add just one or two game touches to your home to honor that side of your personality.

1. Space Invaders Couch

If you love playing Space Invaders, you'll also love the Space Invaders Couch designed by Igor Chak. Just big enough for two people, it should be shared with someone who also shares your geeky interests.

2. Nintendo Bedding

Instructables user rpaxton and her mother made this awesome Nintendo Bedding Set with comforter, pillowcases, and bed skirt as a surprise birthday gift for her brother, and then posted the pictures for the rest of us to envy. However, she didn't take photographs of the process, and we must wait until she makes another for a complete set of instructions. The good news is that someone has contacted her about commissioning a set.

3. Tetris Timer

The Tetris Cooking Timer works almost like an electronic hourglass. As time passes, the display shows Tetris blocks falling! If the timer is going to be used by any non-gamer in the family, it can be programmed to keep time in the usual digital clock manner.

4. Pinball Towels

Etsy seller girlscantell draws and prints designs on tea towels, coasters, and tote bags to appeal to all kinds of interests. For the gamer, check out the pinball machine tea towel.

5. Mario Brothers Shelving

Dennis and Judith built this Mario Brothers storage unit for their apartment. See more pictures of how the shelving works, plus the warp pipe table and Mario clock they also made!

6. Mario Blanket

This 8-bit Mario blanket is made with crocheted granny squares comprising each pixel! I don't have any information on the creator, but this was entered into the Nintendo Craft Contest held by the Happy Seamstress Pattern Company.

7. NES Controller Table

Another entry in the Nintendo Craft Contest was this NES Controller Game Table, hand-crafted by Jennifer for her boyfriend, which made the finals. See the eventual contest winners, too.

8. Pac-Man Sofa Components

It's called the Poufman living room set, from the Italian company Qayot. There are only two pieces, but you can use them together or separately, or put more than one set together for your own seating arrangement. The colors can be rearranged as well, since they come with interchangeable covers.

9. Tetris Couch

The Tetris Couch designed by Stefano Grasselli is a set of eight components that you fit together -just like Tetris blocks. Put them all together for a big comfy couch, or separate them to use as chairs, stools, tables, and ottomans.

10. Space Invader Shower

Liz's bathroom renovation included a custom shower featuring Space Invader tiling! She said she and her husband are "both huge geeks" and designed the invaders, player ship, and mothership. The pixel mosaic is composed of glass and travertine tile. The remodel was done by R.A. Stacy. See more pictures of the finished work in her Flicker set.

That's only the latest in video game designs for your home. See more geeky gamer furnishings in the previous posts Video Game Furnishings for Your Home, The Retro Fun and Games House, 8 Awesome Videogame Quilts, and 11 Housewarming Gifts for the Dedicated Gamer.

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September 23, 2010 - 5:38am
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