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Blu's Gaming Corner! Updated 8/13/2014

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:26 pm
by Blu
Hello Respected Members of the Racketboy Community! This is an old post. My room is all currently in boxes as we'll be moving in December. Update to come in the near future possibly!

We moved in July/August of 2013. That meant a new gaming area! I've finally gotten around to taking some new photographs of our hobby room, which includes my little gaming corner.

Some things to mention outright: My cabinet was crafted by my dad, I love it! The marquee done by my sister-in-law. I built my game shelf out of two oak and maple shipping pallets. It's sturdy; if the photos make it look unstable it's because of the photo angle. It was one of my first carpentry / upcycling projects and I'm satisfied with its outcome.

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You can view the album at: http://imgur.com/a/eLjqZ
I did this as to not stretch out the thread with images, and give you the ability to zoom in. I like that about imgur.

Cheers!

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:50 pm
by cookie monster
It all depends on if you want to display it or not , book cases work great or if you want a cleaner hidden way a Large dresser or china hutch. you can find lots of things at yard sales,auctions or craigs list. I got alot of game holders driving down the road and painted or stained them. When you move you can always pass them on to some one else or take them with you. to see what i do look for cookie and foxhound games thread
i have a few pictures.

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:14 am
by Blu
Thanks for the suggestion, cookie monster! :) I agree, a dresser or hutch of some sort is the route I'm thinking of. I'll have to check into some garage sales when we move, otherwise I'll pick up something cheap at Ikea or Walmart. Given that my girlfriend accepts my hobby, but that we like to have guests over, I'll probably go the route of getting something that hides it well!

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:54 pm
by cookie monster
A storage chest at the foot of the bed also looks nice or you can use one as a coffe table.

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:25 pm
by Eskimo
Not sure about others, but I have never had much luck out of the Sterilite drawers, they warp and tend to be quite flimsy. Unfortunately, I'm working out of storage boxes right now, it works for what it is, but I don't recommend it. You may have the solution right infront of you and not realize it. If your father is a good woodworker get him a six pack or a box of golf balls (whatever his intrests are) and a pile of MDF. His skill level and your imagination are your only limits at that point.

Edit: I want to see pics of the cabinet he made.

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:42 pm
by harper
Eskimo wrote:Not sure about others, but I have never had much luck out of the Sterilite drawers, they warp and tend to be quite flimsy.

They're definitely not the best thing for games (except maybe a few) but they can work pretty well for controllers, as long as you don't have like a million of them. haha

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:46 pm
by cookie monster
harper wrote:
Eskimo wrote:Not sure about others, but I have never had much luck out of the Sterilite drawers, they warp and tend to be quite flimsy.

They're definitely not the best thing for games (except maybe a few) but they can work pretty well for controllers, as long as you don't have like a million of them. haha

Yeah i only have a half millon controllers :lol: i keep wires in my plastic totes.

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:07 pm
by BoringSupreez
I believe it was Ryan who suggested it in an earlier thread, and it's worked quite well for me: find a cassette tape drawer set at a thrift store, and put your Genesis and SMS carts in there. They look like this: Image

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:10 pm
by Cronozilla
Personally, I'd build a display storage area.

My only issue is, frankly, UV damage. I can't, personally, guarantee my games stay out of the sun and it's very annoying to see some of the labels are slightly fading.

I've considered building a bookshelf-esque display but with UV filtered panels covering things up (like cabinet doors or something) ... though UV plexiglass is expensive ... curious if putting on some sort of coating (acrylic?) would work better on top of more common materials.

Doing an inbuilt display probably wouldn't make sense if you're going to move again, though.

But the most cost effective way to store the games is to get free boxes from the grocery store and put them in your closet. I mean, it's free.

Re: Suggestions for Storage

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:14 pm
by cookie monster
Cronozilla wrote:Personally, I'd build a display storage area.

My only issue is, frankly, UV damage. I can't, personally, guarantee my games stay out of the sun and it's very annoying to see some of the labels are slightly fading.

I've considered building a bookshelf-esque display but with UV filtered panels covering things up (like cabinet doors or something) ... though UV plexiglass is expensive ... curious if putting on some sort of coating (acrylic?) would work better on top of more common materials.

Doing an inbuilt display probably wouldn't make sense if you're going to move again, though.

But the most cost effective way to store the games is to get free boxes from the grocery store and put them in your closet. I mean, it's free.

Have you thought about a roll of window tint over regular plexiglass.