Giant chess brings life to game room with custom tile chessboard

When James and Doreen decided to build a game room in their North Carolina home, they planned areas for darts and pool, but needed one more game to make it just right. They found it with a giant chess set.

“This area is in the lower level ‘man cave’ area of our house,” Doreen said. The big space allows large groups to play different games at the same time.

Using tiles they cut themselves, James and Doreen created a floor that doubles as a chessboard for the giant chess pieces.

“We originally planned for 12” tiles,” Doreen said, “but the space wasn’t large enough to allow for a “walkway” around the sides of the board so we had to cut the tiles to about 10″ square.”

Normally the giant chess pieces work best on 12” tiles, but the Molzon’s 10” squares suited them just fine as you can see in the photos.

Oscar and Felix admire the giant chess game

Oscar and Felix admire the giant chess game

“My husband and I are doing all the work so it is a slowwww project,” Doreen said.

Their hard work has paid off with a beautiful giant chess set that allows family and friends to easily slide the chess pieces from one square to another.

It also provided a new play area for their cats, Oscar and Felix, who have made themselves at home among the pieces

giant chess loved by the "whole family"

giant chess loved by the "whole family"