Shoot Pool in a Summer House

No matter how cozy your home may feel in the winter, sometimes I bet it feels cramped in summer heat. Too many warm bodies too close together tend to get on everyone's nerves. What you probably need, especially if you have a large family, is a larger, separate space for summer leisure time activities, and where better than in the summer house.

It's easy to set up a games room here. Start with a pool table, placed in the center of the summerhouse, so that players have plenty of room to walk around and take their shots. Add a table tennis table at one end of the building. If floor space is tight, look into the folding models. A full-size tennis table, when folded, takes up little floor space. Racks for cues, chalk, and table tennis equipment can be hung on the walls conveniently close to the respective tables.

A smaller table with two chairs can be placed against a wall for the chess players in the family. Depending on the interests and ages of your family members, a larger table, or folding card table, can be utilized for games of rummy, Go Fish, or dominoes. Maybe your family and friends like board games such as Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, Candy Land, Clue, or Snakes and Ladders. You may be able to shift a bookshelf from inside the house to use in the summerhosue. If not, inexpensive shelving can be purchased for storing the games and cards and any reading material.

Most summerhouses are already equipped with electricity, and if yours isn't, it's a simple enough job for an electrician. You will need to add an overhead light to illuminate the pool table when shooting pool in the evening, if there isn't one already, and a couple of lamps. You can plug in a mini-fridge for cold drinks and snacks.

A small cabinet to store cups, plates and napkins stored in your summer house is more convenient than bringing these items from the main property. For even greater convenience, use disposable products. Non-perishable snacks like pretzels, crisps, and biscuits will find a place here, too. An electric kettle on this cabinet, along with tea and coffee supplies, makes it easy for family members to make a cup of tea or a nice latte while joining in the fun.

There you have it. It can be quick and easy to set up your games room, and the family will love it. In fact, if you do set up a games room in the summer house, you may soon find that it's the whole neighborhood's favorite hang-out.