With housing options getting smaller and smaller for the price in so many cities across the US (here's looking at you San Fran), it's likely you have a real struggle with storage. And if your idea of a killer Friday or Saturday night involves board games with friends, well then, you probably have to sacrifice prime closest space to stash all your Monopoly boxes. Luckily, so many companies are rethinking the packaging of their games, making them significantly more design-forward, which means (to us) that they're easier to incorporate into your home decor. Read on for 10 well-designed board games that can hold their own on your bookshelf.
3-Up Board Game at Dovetail, $25
Calling all Connect Four fans! The iconic game's creator has developed a new, stackable, and totally display-worthy game. In 3-Up, the goal is to outsmart your opponents and stack your pieces three high to become the winner.
Gentlemen's Hardware Campfire Games at John Lewis, $26
Traditional ghost stories may take a backseat to this series of campfire games during your next outdoor adventure. This assortment of three games (Dozen Dash, Flip Out, and Roll Twenty One) arrive in a metal tin that will help it stand the test of time.
Red Deck of Playing Cards at MGCO, $15
They'll never know Go Fish! is the extent of your card game knowledge when you leave this fancy deck out on your coffee table. Each card is uniquely drawn and embossed with gold foil, for a luxurious touch.
Ridley's Ten in One Games Compendium at Amazon, $25
Check indecisiveness at the door with this ten-in-one set of games that appeals to any art aficionado with its mod, 3D-patterned box. From pick-up-sticks to Chinese checkers, it's a total steal at only $25.
Yahtzee Vintage Bookshelf Edition at WS Game Company, $39
Up the ante during your next game of Yahtzee with this vintage bookshelf version. Taking graphic inspiration from the original 1956 edition, you'll find several added features including a deluxe removable rolling tray with dice keepers.
Designer Backgammon Set at Hayneedle, $51.99
This hip backgammon set may be a bit pricier than traditional versions, but take solace in the fact that you're getting your money's worth. It features brass hardware, a velour interior — and a way cool blue and cream colorway.
Acrylic Tic Tac Toe at Z Gallerie, $99.95
This acrylic tic-tac-toe set is housed in a matching square tray for a touch of functional style. Due to its translucency, it will seamlessly blend into any space you choose to display it.
Rustic Monopoly Game at Target, $39.99
If you're longing for the thrill of buying, selling, and possibly going straight to jail (no passing go!), you'll love this updated version that won't clash with your home or apartment. The entire game features a worn-in wooden look, including the box, game board, houses, hotels, and dice.
Sorry! Nostalgia Edition at Bed Bath & Beyond, $25.99
Any Sorry! lover will get a kick out of this blast from the past. This tin-encased set includes original artwork and vintage game board components. Don't delay, though; this nostalgia version is a limited edition reproduction.
Scrabble Linen Book Vintage Edition Board Game at Amazon, $35.99
This subdued, gray linen "book" actually holds a vintage edition game of Scrabble — perfect for any literature OR gaming enthusiast. The 1948 game board comes complete with tiles, racks, a score pad, pencil, and a drawstring canvas pouch for easy storage.