1. Have The Right Foundation
Having the right foundation is an essential starting point. Concrete, decking, paving slabs or an eco-base are all recommended as being the ideal base. Your log cabin foundation should be a sturdy, strong and level base. This prevents wood from getting damaged or the building from not sitting right. It will also help the doors to open properly and will also help to bring added ventilation in. You can build a log cabin base yourself or get someone to help you!
If you haven’t yet chosen the best log cabin for you, take a look at the wide range of cabins we have to offer on our website. A great example of the perfect log cabin would be the BillyOh Dorset Log Cabin. This allows you to upgrade the wood thickness to 44mm, ensuring your log cabin is better insulated in the colder months. It also comes in a large size and will let in lots of light with the large windows and doors.
You should also consider upgrading the thickness of your log cabin floor and roof. The BillyOh Winchester Log Cabin, for example, would allow you to upgrade the floor and roof thickness. This again helps with insulation but also stability for any heavy furniture items you may be wanting to place inside your building. There are plenty of different Log Cabin designs we have to offer!
2. Set up the Power and Internet Connection
Having an internet and power connection isn’t essential but it definitely can enhance the game room you’re creating. The possibilities are endless! You could have music, computer games, a mini cinema section and anything else you could possibly think of.
Most log cabins don’t come with electrical wiring so this is something you will need to do yourself. However, if you’re not sure about what you’re doing, it’s important to get an experienced electrician in to help with this part.
When it comes to the internet, there are two ways to get a connection into your log cabin. The first way is to take an ethernet cable and run it to your log cabin. An ethernet cable connects devices to the internet by being plugged into the router on one end and the device or another router on another end. This also provides a good quality internet speed. An ethernet cable can be found at most stores and online.
The second way to get an internet connection is to take advantage of WiFi antennas. This would provide you with a wireless connection into your log cabin, giving you a strong connection and fast internet speed.
TIP: Consider how many plug sockets you’ll need or want so you can have multiple sources of electricity!
4. Secure Your Log Cabin
Security is a vital part of having a log cabin. There are a few ways to guarantee your home games room is protected from any unwanted visitors.
- A security system – The most effective way to prevent any unwelcome guests is to kit out your log cabin with an alarm. It’s an excellent option if you want around the clock peace of mind.
- High-Quality locks – Having a strong lock is important in protecting your outdoor building. Locks that can be easily broken off should be avoided, this includes old locks that could be damaged by rust. Instead, opt for a strong padlock and hasp and possibly even a bolt.
- Anchor your log cabin – When building your log cabin, consider purchasing an anchoring kit with it. This helps secure your log cabin to the ground preventing it from theft and even bad weather such as high winds.
A lack of security can make it easy for theft to occur so taking these measures into account can help to provide a safe and secure space for you to enjoy. Overall, make sure the security you have in place is strong, secure and not easily broken or bypassed.
5. Installing The Main Entertainment
The key part of any log cabin games room is the central entertainment. This is where you can now start to place all of your favourite games and entertainment pieces. Some great family fun items include:
- A TV – Great for all of those movie nights you could have!
- Central gaming unit – A fun way to show your competitive side and win those games you love.
- Board games – The perfect way to disconnect from the internet and revel in a bit of storytelling fun
- A dart board – Perfect for when you want to unwind and have some fun with friends
- A pool table or snooker table – Ideal for relaxing with friends and a catch-up over a game of pool or snooker!
- Air hockey table – Similar to the pool table and snooker table, this would provide hours of fun for family and friends alike!
Having several different options in your log cabin means there’ll be something new for you to do every day. Consider placing shelves or a table in your outdoor building as well for both added storage and a place to play your board games as a family. Kit out your games room with plenty of activities that don’t need the internet as a way to unwind from the online world!
6. Designing a Space For Everyone
Creating a space for everyone can be difficult with each person having different taste and a different idea of fun. Young kids for example can be one of the harder ages to accommodate so here are some great ways to guarantee your child can join in on the hours of fun!
- Create a crafts corner – Place a little table in the corner for your kids. You can fill it with paper, pens and pencils, some clay, maybe even some paint and encourage them to let out their creativity!
- A film area – If you’ve placed a TV in your log cabin, you could create a shelf just for your children. You can fill it with their favourite film essentials for your personal home cinema. Fill it with their favourite snacks so they can choose what they want for the film!
- A swimming pool – During the summer months, you could open the front doors and let your children play in an inflatable swimming pool. They can then they can come into your outdoor space for some much-needed shade.
TIP: A fun mini DIY project here would be to create some little bags full of their favourite sweets and snacks. You can use these when you get comfy watching some at home movies!
Of course, it’s not just young children who might be hard to design a room for, so here are some other ways you can complete your outdoor space:
- Sports room
- Collector’s room
- Relaxation area
- A reading space
It might also be a good idea to create storage in your garden building, find a space to tidy away all of the items after use. This includes computer games, board games and anything else you might take out through your time in there.
TIP: If you’re yet to decide on a log cabin, why not take a look at the BillyOh Cove multi-room log cabin and take advantage of the extra space in a larger cabin!
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Make sure you've considered positioning, what you'll need inside such as electricity and what entertainment you want in there. Follow our step by step guide above on how to achieve your perfect game room!
No. Planning permission is only needed if your building doesn't meet local authority regulations such as height. You also cannot live in a log cabin permanently.
The best way to do this is to look at taking electricity from your house, however, we recommend finding an experienced electrician to help with this so it's done in the correct way. Contact details for electricians can be found online!
Yes, you can use methods such as an ethernet cable or antenna to boost your wifi into your garden building.
No, you can get your outdoor garden building pressure treated, meaning a lot of the work is done for you. You can also use preservatives once a year to help damp proof and look after your building.