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Super Nerdy DIY Decor

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As the boy and I prepare for our big move (number 4 in 3 years for me, eek), I’ve been trolling design sites in an attempt to stave off the blues accompanied by an apartment full of boxes in a place that is no longer home. And being the obsessive planner I am I’ve been taking some notes on fun ways to work video games into your home decor. Here’s a roundup of some of my favourites:

The NES coffee table:

Not only is it a coffee table with redonkulous amounts of storage, it also functions AS AN NES!! And you can use it to recharge your laptop. As spotted on Kotaku, Geekologie and pretty much every other nerd site on the web.

More pictures available at creator Matt’s Flickr stream.

The NES controller coffee table:

Created before the NES coffee table, this one also opens up for ample game & peripheral storage and can even be used as a giant controller. As seen on Apartment Therapy.

Tetris inspired modular shelving unit:

Made of luxurious bamboo and available for purchase piece by piece, this is something I could definitely see myself using at home. However, the configuration above is $3,500 US, putting it clearly out of our budget.

For the rest of us, the DIY version:

Not quite as tidy as the bamboo model above, but I’m sure with a little ingenuity and some high quality stain your could come close. Via Apartment Therapy.

But, what if you don’t have the floor space for a modular shelving unit? Here’s a couple wall shelf ideas:

The Super Mario inspired wall shelves and charging station:

Amazing DIY project by a couple in Germany which even includes a custom digital clock, via Apartment Therapy.

Or, if you are even more old school there’s these Donkey Kong inspired shelves:

No carpentry required, this look could easily be replicated with some Lack shelves from Ikea and some electrical tape. As seen on Apartment Therapy.

And not from the same house, but certainly complementary are these Super Mario Bros. filing cabinets:

Via Babble.

Or, for the very patient there are a couple of fun tile projects I spotted. Tiles are after all shaped very similarly to pixels. There’s the pre-cut Tetris Tiles:

As seen on Apartment Therapy.

Or, if you’ve got a bit more time, there’s this neat mosaic idea:

Spotted on the generally not so nerdy Decor8.

And I haven’t even gotten into all the fabulous game themed vinyl stickers out there…

Have you spotted any awesome video game themed decor projects? Please share with us in the comments.

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    Almathea
    September 13, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    There’s lots of videogame wall decals here: http://www.whatisblik.com/shop/explore?designer=180 🙂

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      gamerwife
      September 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

      I know. I am so considering that asteroids re-stick.

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