A recreation room arranged as a children's play area

A recreation room (also known as a play room, rec room, rumpus room, play room, playroom, games room, or ruckus room) is a room used for a variety of purposes, such as parties, games and other everyday or casual activities. The term recreation room is common in the United States, like the often disappearing room in the Simpsons. The term rumpus room is often common in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the United Kingdom, the most common term is games room, or sometimes den, although, as houses tend to be smaller in the UK, most houses don't have one. Some, however, will have a room specific to one particular game or entertainment unit often found in a recreation room, or some have a snug, which is a smaller cosy room for watching films and playing video games. Often children and teenagers entertain their friends in their home's rec room, which is often located in the basement, away from the main living areas of the house.[1][2] Usually it is a larger space than a living room, enabling the area to serve multiple purposes and entertain moderately large groups.[3]


Recreation rooms can have many themes and contents, depending on their intended use.[4]


Recreation rooms are normally centered on some form of entertainment, typically an audio/video setup. This can consist of something as elaborate as a projection screen with surround sound or something as simple as a base model television.[5][6]


Couches, pub tables/chairs, bar stools, bean bag chairs,[7][8] and recliners may all be used in recreation rooms.[9]


Tabletop games are frequent in recreation rooms. In addition to games played on a normal table, recreation rooms sometimes include custom game tables for table tennis (ping pong), table football (foosball), table shuffleboard, air hockey, or billiards (pool). Custom tables for casino games such as poker, blackjack, and craps are also common. Other games include dart boards and arcade games such as pinball and video games. More substantial game rooms may have mini bowling lanes, indoor golf simulators, and other specialty amenities.[10][3]

Food and drink

Refrigerators, microwave ovens, wet bars,[11] popcorn makers, ice cream makers, and soda fountains can sometimes be found in recreation rooms.

See also


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  2. ^ Newman, Michael (2017). Atari Age - The Emergence of Video Games in America. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. p. 81. ISBN 9780262035712. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
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  4. ^ Shannon-Karasik, Caroline. "Basement Rec Room Ideas". HGTV. Scripps Networks, LLC. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  5. ^ Shannon-Karasik, Caroline. "Basement Home Theaters and Media Rooms". HGTV. Scripps Networks. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  6. ^ Sheumaker, Helen; Wajda, Shirley Teresa (2008). Material Culture in America: Understanding Everyday Life. Santa Barbara, California: Bloomsbury Academic. p. 383. ISBN 978-1-57607-647-7. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  7. ^ Maddox, Sophia (19 January 2024). "20 Things That Everyone Had In The '70s That No One Sees Today". History Daily.
  8. ^ Kossler Dutton, Melissa (3 February 2017). "Versatility's the key in the modern rec room". The Seattle Times.
  9. ^ Chauhan, Rajni (5 December 2017). "35 Extraordinary Rec Room Ideas To Spice Up Your House". Detect View. Detectview. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  10. ^ "26 Game Room Ideas for the Ultimate Entertaining Space". Extra Space. Extra Space Storage Inc. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  11. ^ Designer's Best Two-story Home Plans. Designs Direct Publishing. 2006. pp. 25–26. ISBN 978-1932553154.