5 Retro Room Essentials

Rubik’s Cube

The quintessential toy of yesteryear. This small cube will have you and your friends baffled for hours trying to align all the sides up to the same colour, just when you think you’ve got it you realise you really haven’t and your plan to beat this timeless puzzle starts all over again. It seems like every childhood group hanging out always had someone trying to master this tricky toy. Whether you want to fiddle with this or just have it for its aesthetic quality, a retro room without a Rubik’s Cube is a puzzle missing a piece.

Retro Games
Retro Games

Retro Games

The handheld puzzles weren’t the only games around in the age of retro, video games were just making their way into the eyes and minds of the public. Simple joysticks and single button controllers were all the rage when Atari first introduced its 2600 console. As fun as pong was back in the day it wasn’t long until Space Invaders and Pac Man came along bringing with them a square orientated look that is still loved today. If you have the budget (and the space) you can up your videogame showmanship by grabbing yourself an upright arcade machine. Sporting games like Asteroids or Donkey Kong will have you in anyone’s good books fast but be prepared to never get your room back.

Lava Lamp
Lava Lamp

Lava Lamp

Ah the tranquil, gloopy and colourful light that soothes you into a psychedelic experience, or at least it did back in the day when the air was filled with equally odd chemicals. The lava lamp shows just how cosy things with rounded edges are as the undulating fluids inside create odd spheres of all shapes and sizes. These low cost and mesmerising accessories can really add something different to your room and also create some fun shadows on your wall if you want to sit in its ambient light all night long.

Inflatable Furniture
Inflatable Furniture

Inflatable Furniture

Bringing the bouncy castle indoors may seem like a crazy idea but inflatable furniture was huge back in the day. In reality it was almost a precursor to memory foam, the idea being that allowing your chair or footrest to keep its shape thanks to air instead of solid materials, these things would mould to the shape of the user better, and they sort of did. The downside here is that occasionally you will need to use your lung power to reflate sad looking chairs, and of course the undesirable squeaking that comes from constantly moving on top of what is essentially a giant balloon. Despite this, inflatable feel fun no matter how often you sit on them.

Old Music Player

To get those old school grooves flowing you need to have an authentically aged music device. A record player is fantastic for playing old tracks all equipped with that warm scratchy sound that takes you back. If you have the bucks for something spectacular though why not get your very own jukebox. Here you can press the numbers to your favourite tracks and have a giant neon disc changer in your room for all to enjoy.

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