With the World Cup rapidly approaching (it starts in June!), we’ve already written about how to create a perfect atmosphere outside. We pointed to some outdoor furnishings and accessories that can essentially allow you to put together a viewing area in your garden, where you can really enjoy the matches in style. In case there’s bad weather however, or you just don’t want to risk that kind of thing, it’s not a bad idea to design a perfect football viewing room in the house as well.
Working on an indoor room is a little bit less about buying new furnishings, assuming you already have some kind of TV room or den. Rather, it’s about putting together an ideal atmosphere for a month’s worth of football. So let’s get started, shall we?
Load up on scarves
As you may well know, a lot of football fanatics express their team allegiance via their scarves. These don’t have to actually be worn, and often aren’t. Rather, they’re held aloft like signs, or used to decorate rooms. Loading up on several of them is a nice way to adorn a TV room for the World Cup season. The official FIFA World Cup scarves are actually surprisingly affordable (about $17 each), which means they’re pretty easy decorations to stock up on and hang around the borders of the room. It might be tacky during other times of the year, but for the World Cup this summer it’ll add a fun, football atmosphere to the room.
Bring In FIFA
This is less of a design tip, but it’s still a necessity if you or anyone you might be watching matches with enjoys gaming at all. EA Sports’ FIFA franchise has established itself as the king of football gaming, and is all the more enjoyable to play during the World Cup. You may just want to be sure you have an up-to-date console stashed in the TV room so you can play a few rounds of FIFA in between big matches, or to unwind after a day of football viewing.
Devote a screen to in-play markets
If you and your friends aren’t at all interested in betting on the football matches, this might not be necessary. If you are, however, in-play betting can make things a lot more fun. Regarding Champions League activity (which is extremely active in online markets), it’s been said that people can wager on first, last or next goal scorer, as well as other in-match developments. Having a screen devoted to showing the betting options here (just an iPad or laptop open to a suitable platform) can add excitement for you and the friends you watch with. Just remember to be responsible about your activity.
Beef up your sound system
We’re operating under the assumption that the fundamentals of the TV room are already in place, but it definitely can’t hurt to beef up the sound system (and the TV itself if necessary, but there isn’t much more to say on that). In particular, surround sound is a great addition for the World Cup, as it can at least somewhat simulate the feeling of being in the crowd with rabid supporters on all sides. Sonos seems to be the biggest name in home speakers these days, and their surround sound set-ups are known for being simple and flexible, which makes this a quick way to upgrade the room. However, if you’re a stickler for sound quality you may want to compare a few options.
These are just a few tips, but they can give your TV room a real boost for a summer of football. And a few of them may even have a lasting impact on the quality of the room. Will you be watching any of the World Cup this summer?