New year is coming, and what better way to usher it than revamp your home? So why not put that passion into your home as an avid sports fan? Thankfully, home improvement ideas for sports enthusiasts are easy to come by with a bit of creative thinking!
Whatever sport you love, whichever team you support, there’s a way (or a few) to incorporate that into your home decor. It doesn’t matter what your favorite sports-related hobbies are, there are always options.
Let’s have a look at our favorite home improvement ideas that will bring out the sports person in you and bring that feeling of patriotism to your space!
1. Install a Sports Bar
Installing a sports bar could be the perfect way to bring that atmosphere into your home! It’s a great way to enjoy watching sports on a big screen while chugging your beer at the bar.
All you need is a space that works well for a bar. It usually works nicely in a space that opens up to the outdoors. So, you can enjoy your sports bar at the same time as the pool and your outdoor space, perhaps for a barbecue.
If you don’t have a space that opens up to the outside, you can put a sports bar pretty much anywhere! All it entails is finding one you like (or building your perfect sports bar if you’re inclined) and figuring out where it would fit.
Once it’s installed, all that remains is to stock it up with your favorites and invite the gang over to watch the game!
2. Revamp Your Outdoor Area
Speaking of outdoor areas, it’s the perfect spot to turn into a sports enthusiast’s dream if you’ve got some space to spare. Depending on your favorite sport and what you enjoy doing, you can get super creative here.
We suggest sticking to one sport if you’ve only got a small space to work with. For example, you could create a tiny mini-golf layout for golf enthusiasts or put in a soccer net for some kicking practice.
On the other hand, if you’ve got enough room to spare, you could create a complete outdoor sports haven! Think putting green in the corner, a soccer net on the other wall, basketball hoop, a small pool, a dart board… The options are endless!
If an outdoor sporting area sounds like a good plan to you, we highly recommend laying artificial grass or astroturf throughout your outdoor space (1). It’s low-maintenance, eco-friendly, looks stunning throughout the year, and is always ready for a good game!
3. Create a Home Gym
Why not create your ideal gym right home if the gym is your jam? You’ll save a chunk on travel costs, and gym fees, and you’ll never have to wait for someone else to finish their set again!
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer free weights or machines with adjustable weight systems. Try jumping rope, cycling in front of a screen, or hitting the elliptical machine. Customize your home gym exactly as you like.
You don’t need a huge space, either. Make a list of the gym equipment you can’t do without and work from there. If you’re an old-school gym enthusiast, you might want a bench, a squat rack, a set of free weights (and a rack), and enough space to lift comfortably.
A small room will do. If you don’t have the space for cardio machines indoors, you can always place them elsewhere… Or do it the old-school way and go for a run!
4. Design a Display Wall
If you’re the kind of sports enthusiast who loves memorabilia, then this project would be fun and satisfying for you! Got a collection of sports-related stuff, or team memorabilia to show your support for your favorite team? Design a display wall to showcase your passion.
All you need is an open wall. It’s up to you whether you use a single wall and leave the other walls blank or go all out and display your collection across all the walls in a particular room.
Either way, it’s an excellent way to make use of memorabilia that might otherwise be hidden in a cupboard out of sight (2)! You can add anything you want to your display wall—team shirts, caps, posters, you name it. It’s your creative design!
5. Put In a Home Theater System
This is one of the best home improvement ideas for sports enthusiasts who love game day. What better way to watch the game than in the comfort of your very own home theater?
There are multiple ways you can do this. First, if you’re into it, you can get the biggest screen TV you can find. Otherwise, invest in a decent projector system instead, and you can show the game right on your wall… Almost life-size!
And of course, what’s a home theater without surround-sound speakers? Add the most comfortable sofas you can find, a couple of tables between the chairs for snacks and drinks, and leave a space in the middle of the room for the most passionate people to jump up and down!
This is ideal if you’ve got a spare room to kit out. Add some LED lights for a movie-house effect. You might also want to soundproof it, especially if you’ve got a significant other who’s not quite as into sports as you are.
6. Create a Games Room
If you can’t find a way to bring your favorite sport into the room, creating a games room could be fun to bring a sporty feeling into your house.
Like the home gym idea, you can get quite creative with what you include in your games room (limited only by the space you have!). For example, a pool table, foosball table, dart board, ping pong table, or other indoor games are all valid ideas.
7. Use Your Team’s Color Scheme
If you aren’t into serious home improvements but don’t mind painting and changing the decor a little, why not revamp a room to incorporate your team colors? You don’t need to go all-in and kit your entire home out in bright shades, but incorporating your favorite team’s classic colors can show your fandom in a more subtle way.
Depending on the colors in question, you can do something big like paint the walls, or stick to smaller changes, like recovering your sofa, getting new cushions and curtains, and maybe hanging a team t-shirt on the wall!
8. Use Motivational Quotes
What’s your favorite sports-related quote? Does a line from Rocky inspire you? Is there one motivational speech from your favorite coach that gets your heart racing?
If you want to be reminded of the feeling those quotes inspire in you, why not use them to decorate your home? If you’re handy on the computer, you can design your own pictures with the quote. They fit right in with your existing décor and just add that extra something to your space.
9. Don’t Forget the Small Details
Regarding home improvement for sports enthusiasts, it’s not all about the big things. Sure, installing a sports bar and setting up a home gym or outdoor sporting area is a great idea, especially if you often use them.
But sometimes, the small details can make all the difference. You don’t need a complete home overhaul to incorporate elements of your favorite sports or team into your home. Get creative with the small details! Here are some ideas:
- Drinks coasters in your team colors
- Sports-related posters on the walls
- Golf ball shaped ice cubes
- Sporty welcome mat
- Team-branded glasses
If there’s equipment you use regularly, like golf shoes or running shoes, try to incorporate them into your decor as well. Hanging them on hooks can turn them into a feature instead of just lying around!
10. Repurpose Your Old Equipment
Not using all that expensive equipment that you bought to play your favorite sport long ago? Instead of it collecting dust, why not repurpose it in your home?
It takes a bit of creative thinking. For example, use an old skateboard as a shelf, a surfboard as a tabletop, or a golf driver as a table leg or a fire poker!
We’re all enthusiastic about something! Of course, most sports fans keep their passion for the field or stadium, but why not bring it home with you? Most of these are easy home improvement projects that can add a proper sporty feeling to your home. Others might require a bit more work or a higher budget, but all are well worth it in the end.
Whichever home improvement ideas for sports enthusiasts you choose to undertake, we can guarantee that your friends and family who are also sports fans will suddenly be spending more time at your house!
Jordan Fuller is a retired golfer and businessman. When he’s not on the course working on his own game or mentoring others, he’s researching and writing value-packed articles for his website, Golf Influence.