Necessity calls for innovation, and this is especially the case for the best “small” gaming setups.
As the name suggests, this subgenre of battle station is simply built in a limited area, e.g. the closet, office, or under the stairs, etc.
Although compact, gamers are drawn to these setups for their imaginative designs and potential space-saving capabilities.
So, if you are renovating right now or just happen to be in search of new ideas, we hope to inspire you with some of the cozy arrangements on this list.
What is the best small gaming setup?
15. Moved my setup into my closet
Welcome to my secret bomb shelter! Based in the closet, this small gaming setup is a brilliant idea for anybody wanting to make the most of a limited space.
The first thing we notice is that there’s just enough room for the L-shaped Walker Edison desk to fit snug between both narrow walls. I bet the OP’s glad he squeezed that in, as it provides ample surface area for all of his equipment and even a pair of dual monitors to butt up against each other.
In terms of decoration, the room does look quite inviting. A white light strip has been snaked around the clothes hanger, and another is found under the desk. We can also see some Nanoleaf panels, and even a poster of cosplay model Jessica Nigri!
Moved my setup into my closet. Going to get retro game consoles for the top area and retro game posters from r/battlestations
L-Shaped Desk: Walker Edison
Light Panels Nanoleaf
Light Strip : LED Strip
14. Cozy gaming setup in closet
Have you ever thought about packing your entire streaming setup into the closet? No? Well, this creator did and now he has a secret surprise to show to his friends.
Whether you think this is a good idea or not, it could be down to a few reasons. First, if broadcasting is your primary income, it is still work, and sometimes it’s nice to pack everything away after you’ve finished.. and second, if you own a pet, your gear is going to be far more safe and secure (of course).
In terms of the size, the closet has the perfect dimensions for this kind of streaming arrangement. There’s plenty of height for the dual Elgato key lights, and the depth is just wide enough to house the length of the tower PC case.
Overall, is a good start, but with some minor tweaks, it has the potential to look way better. Some kind of custom-built desk insert is needed, and for the creators’ knees sake, that chest of drawers has to go.
Cozy gaming setup in closet from r/CozyPlaces
Lighting: Elgato Key Light
Foam Panels: Acoustic Tiles
13. I live in a van and this is my battle station!
This is the standard image for anyone who has thought about converting a Van into a battle station. To achieve this organized look, the creator has opted for a bare minimum approach with only the necessary peripherals for playing PC games.
The interior has an incredibly homely vibe, which is partly due to the rustic wood cladding that lines the walls. This is then decorated with a flag of personal postcards near the ceiling, and there’s even a dream catcher found hanging at the back to keep away bad dreams and evil spirits.
One way he could optimize this valuable living space is by swapping-out the tower and changing it to a small form factor PC. Moreover, if the location ever starts to dull, the option is always there to take the whole experience down by the river.
I live in a van and this is my battle station! from r/battlestations
12. Any tips to make it feel more clean/homely?
Tucked away under the stairs, Harry Potter would be proud of this small gaming setup. The location is something you might (or might not) have been able to tell from the slanted walls that help to form this unusual Star Fox fighter cockpit setting.
In this post, we particularly like the black and white “Space” theme that’s going on and how that matches with the walls/ gear. The desktop wallpaper and Coolermaster Master-Key Pro S keyboard also bring a tint of blue RGB and must look great once the lights are off.
The creator has done well to satisfy this unusual trapezoid shape with the gear he currently owns. Nonetheless, It could do with a bit of a de-clutter around the monitor, a few holes drilled through the desk for cable management, and perhaps even an extended mouse mat to combine the peripherals onto one surface.
Any tips to make it feel more clean/homely? (I’m in the cupboard under the stairs) from r/battlestations
Keyboard: Masterkeys Pro S RGB
Headset: Steelseries Arctis 7
Mousepad: Steelseries QCK
11. If you had a 3 m²-room in your apartment..
Utility room or a gaming cave? This is yet another one of those tough choices a gamer has to make when they move into a new apartment. Yes, it’s important to have a place for your fresh towels and spare pairs of shoes, but couldn’t they just go under the bed?
As you can see in the video, the creator has gone for the latter – although, it might still surprise you that some utilities are hiding behind the curtains. Despite this, the 1.5 x 2m area still has enough room for all the basics, including a nice sized desk, a couple of shelves and even some sound insulation.
If you do happen to fancy converting a walk-in cupboard, then be aware that heat is a serious issue. It’s recommended too either leave the door open slightly or get some air circulation fitted through the door. It would also be wise to test it first to make sure you’re not claustrophobic!
If you had a 3 m²-room in your apartment, would you use it as a utility room or a gaming cave? I did both. from r/pcmasterrace
10. My under the stairs setup.
Growing up, we’ve all wanted a small, cozy gaming setup like this. Conveniently located under the stairs, it brims with personality and is the perfect den for those long night sessions.
You can tell the creator is serious about his gaming and gets a lot of everyday use out of his battle station. A sign of this is the appropriately placed fridge that’s just a hand throw away, plus the sheer amount of artwork that has accumulated on the walls and under the staircase.
In terms of equipment, the OP has gone for a triple monitor setup, with an additional larger TV mounted to the wall. Although it is a little high, this is not a problem thanks to his reclining chair that allows him to lean back and get comfortable.
The lighting in this setting is sweet, and makes the whole room appear like some kind of Synthwave space station.
My under the stairs setup. from r/battlestations
9. Battleroom (for my son and I)
This small but stylish setup is an awesome example of a father-son battle station. The room is clean and presentable, beautifully decorated, and perfect for both age groups to enjoy collectively.
On the left-hand side, we have a large l-shaped desk that makes the most of the rooms compact footprint. Tucked right back into the corner, it provides plenty of surface area for all of dads streaming equipment and offers just enough space to prevent the two chairs from colliding.
The room gets a bit more colorful on the sons half, which is where the models come out to play. To keep things tidy, they live in the IKEA Detolf glass cabinet, being one of the most popular display cases for toy collectors.
If you get your children into PC gaming, you too can enjoy this delightful experience.
Battleroom (for my son and I) from r/battlestations
8. Loft Bed Chillstation
The Loft Bed Chill station takes a modern approach to the under the bed gaming setup. As you can see, the space looks incredibly clean/ minimalistic and would make a welcome addition to most people’s homes – providing they don’t mind struggling a bit with the bedding!
Lack of light is often an issue with these kinds of battle stations, however, due to the white walls and pale timber frame of the bed it still looks very inviting. Furthermore, the color scheme also has a touch of black and green that can be found on the plants, wallpaper, and mousepad.
In terms of the PC build, this is held in a Nexus C chassis, and powered by a Ryzen 5 1600, a GTX 1060 6 GB, and (2 x 8 GB) of Trident Z Ram. There’s just enough clearance between the top of the mid-tower case and 32” Samsung monitor, but you probably wouldn’t want to go any bigger.
Loft Bed Chillstation from r/battlestations
Keyboard: Ajazz AK33 Geek RGB
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600
GPU: GeForce GTX 1060
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-A320M
7. My DIY Battlestation
This Inspiring DIY project is a great example of thinking outside of the box. The creator originally made the desk to store all his paints, but after realizing his tower looked so out of place next to it – decided to store all of his PC hardware inside instead.
At less than $10, this unique build is made entirely by upcycling old pallets. All of the recyclable materials are from the local construction company and the OP already had the tools in his arsenal (Drill, Chop Saw, Clamps). He just needed some nails and glue to hold it all together.
Overheating is a real concern for any small gaming setup; however, this has been considered in the design. To tackle this problem, the GPU fans and radiator vent slot into custom holes underneath the desk, which is why you can’t see any fans sticking out on top.
In short, it’s ideal for those who want something a little more minimal and neutral.
My DIY Battlestation with pc built into the desk. Total cost (minus price of the rig) $0. All made from old pallets. Chair is a recaro seat from an old car of mine. from r/battlestations
6. Not everyone has a lot of space, make the most of it!
This gem of a setup brings a miniature form of the office home to create a stark and productive setting. Appearing clean, and organized, it does an excellent job and removing distractions so you can concentrate all of your efforts into the game.
As you can see from the photo, the creator has been very inventive with the selection of materials at his disposal. The first being the 2’ x 4’ pegboard from Menards that is screwed to the back of the desk, and the second is the chalkboard fabric on the desk that works as an extended mouse pad.
A pegboard is underutilized in most people’s battle stations, however, this type of panel work is ideal for a small gaming setup. Manufactured cheaply for organizing tools, it provides plenty of holes to hang up peripherals, or in this case a pair of vintage Dynatronic MD300VM cans!
To finish off this classy environment, a dimly lit overhanging desktop lamp adds to the mood of the room.
Not everyone has a lot of space, make the most of it! from r/battlestations
Monitor: Alienware 25” 240Hz
5. Little Diddy
The Little Diddy battle station is genuinely a spectacle to lay eyes upon. It has all the necessary equipment for Twitch streaming and is professionally set up to make the most of the top-notch hardware on show.
To achieve a setup like this, a VIVO dual-monitor desk clamp holds the left (vertical) and right (bottom) displays, and then a separate single VIVO clamp holds the 32” monitor on the top. Between the corner gap of the adjacent monitors pokes the lens of a Sony a6000, which is also clamped to the dual mount.
The desk is somewhat small, but has just enough room for the other streaming peripherals. Here we can see a Shure SM7B mic, a GoXLR mixer, and even an Elgato Stream Deck. You can tell the creator loves his cool tech and values having an abundance of hotkeys at his disposal.
Little diddy from r/battlestations
Monitor: Samsung Odyssey G7, 27”
Keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum
Mouse: Logitech G502 HERO
Camera: Sony a6000
Case: Corsair Crystal Series 570X RGB
CPU: Intel i7-9700
GPU: EVGA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
Mobo: MSI MPG Z390
4. Almost finished my happy place.
This cozy “under the stairs” gaming setup is yet another original use of space. Although the diagonal shape of the steps makes it challenging to fit everything in, the creator has somehow just managed, even with the small form factor PC positioned on the desk.
You can tell that this is one of those settings that looks it’s best when it’s dimly-lit. The RGB projecting from the Micro-ATX case brings a warm, futuristic vibe. Furthermore, If you’re wondering what that realm to another dimension is at the bottom of the drawers, this is actually an Infinity Mirror!
Building a battle station in this area does look great, however, it would make sense to line the stairs to prevent small particles from falling through onto your gear. We also imagine this setup would look great with the top three drawers removed and the PC case placed carefully inside the hole.
Almost finished my happy place. from r/battlestations
3. My Tiny Setup
Next up is one of the best small gaming setups we have seen. Why? Because it’s so efficient. Who would of thought to stick a battle station in such a confined area.
The first thing you notice is that something is not quite right here. No, it’s not the sculpture of the head, but in fact because the PC has been mounted above the monitor. Unconventionally, this changes the whole form of the setup to look vertical, instead of horizontal.
Some serious space-saving measures have been taken to ensure nothing is overcrowded. The monitor and shelf are just the right size to fit between the corner and the window. Then on top, we have the CAM-powered NZXT H200I Mini-ITX Case, which is a delight to look at.
The creator knew that if he was going to finish this correctly a 65% keyboard would be too large, so he has instead opted for the 60%. This is attached with a homemade coiled cable for that added aesthetic appeal.
My tiny setup. from r/battlestations
Monitor: Samsung CJG5
Keyboard: Ducky One 2 Mini
Mouse: Corsair M55
Headset: Corsair HS50
Stand: Corsair ST100
Case: NZXT H200I
CPU: RYZEN 2700X
GPU: ASUS ROG 1070TI
2. Closet upgraded ..again
The closet has been upgraded again.. and this time it looks immense! All of the gear in this setup has the right proportions and we particularly like the layout.
Moving into the closet is not for everyone, especially when it’s only 122cm wide. For some reason, the ultra-wide LG38GN950 monitor and Corsair extended mouse mat appear to make the room larger than it is, but in reality, this is only an illusion.
Just above the LG monitor is a smaller Acer display that is used for Netflix, YouTube, and Discord. On either side, we have a bassy pair of Audio Pro T14’s to create that cinema-style environment. Could you imagine shutting the door behind you and loading up a horror game in such a cozy space!
Aesthetically the room is perfectly decorated. From the subtle ledges that house the custom-built Varmilo keyboards, to the indoor hanging plants. Furthermore, The Pink/ Green neon lighting from the Nanoleaf, LED Strip, and wallpaper ties everything together beautifully.
Closet upgraded ..again from r/battlestations
Mouse: Logitech G Pro Wireless
Mousepad: Corsair MM300
Speakers: Audi Pro T14
Case: Lian li V3000
CPU: Intel i9-9900k
GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Touchpad: Elgato Stream Deck
Light Panels: Nanoleaf
1. New setup – Reflections and Chill
First glance at this incredible setup is enough to bring a tear to the eye. A streamer could only wish for a fitted, modern studio of this caliber.
Although the 2.4m wide room is certainly not the largest, it has been optimized to its full potential. The 60cm thick, custom-made desk stretches completely along the width of the wall, followed by several inverted power sockets to meet the direction of the plugs.
Above the desk, we have the dual Acer monitors that sandwich a curved Samsung 49″ CRG9. These are wall-mounted using “Mounting Dream” mounts to free up desk space and give that lovely floating effect.
The decoration in this room is what takes it to that next level. From the acoustic foam panels to the beautiful Bonsai plants. Even the LED light strip helps to blend the surrounding earthy colors.
New setup – Reflections and Chill 💙 from r/battlestations
Monitor: Samsung CRG9 Super Ultra Wide
Foam Panels: Acoustic Tiles
Speakers: Logitech Z906
Plants: Indoor Bonsai
CPU: Intel I9 9900k
GPU: EVGA 2080 Ti
RAM: Corsair Vengance 4 x 8GB (32GB)
MOBO: ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero
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