Sporting Accessories

The Best Sporting Accessories You Need in Your House

Do you find yourself drifting off on your commute to work, daydreaming about the infamous helmet catch? Do you spend your evenings looking up the latest NBA odds on your phone ahead of the NBA finals?

Or every time your head hits the pillow at night, do you fantasise about being as talented as Tom Brady, Michael Jordan or Babe Ruth? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions then congratulations, you’re as addicted to sports as us!

Which irrespective of what your partner says, isn’t a bad thing. It’s good to have a hobby and a sports hobby is good, clean fun. What better way then, to pay homage to your sporting fandom, than by kitting your house out with sporting memorabilia and accessories.

Stuck for ideas on how to do that? Read on to find out some of the best sporting items to decorate your house with.

Sporting Art

Some people will tell you that decking out your house with sporting goods is tacky. To counter those people, how about investing in some upmarket and classy sporting art?

Former professional football player Ernie Barnes, who turned out for the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers became a renowned painter in his post-football days. Unsurprisingly, Barnes used the sport he played as the inspiration for some of his most notable pieces.

Sunday’s Hero is a stunningly well-crafted painting depicting the brutality and aggression of an American football game.

It’s not just football that Barnes depicting on the canvas, he also produced Fastbreak, a glossy court side of the World Champion LA Lakers team featuring depictions of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis and Michael Cooper.

(Ernie Barnes discusses some of his most famous and recognisable art.)

Team Posters

Chances are when you were a kid your walls were adorned with posters of all your favourite sports starts and teams. Why then, does your adult life have to be any different? Obviously we’re not saying you should line your hallway with team posters, but what’s the harm in having one in the room where you usually catch up with all the latest sporting action?

It doesn’t have to be a cheesy preseason photo of everyone sitting down either. You can get posters of memorable moments in your team’s history, of individual players or of the stadium you used to visit every week.

Signed Jerseys

If you want something that is slightly more upmarket and classy than a team poster and is more likely to pass the mustard with your partner, try and get your hands on a signed jersey and then get it framed.

Now, there are a couple of different ways you could go about doing this, one of them is expensive and one of them is embarrassing, so it depends what you would rather do, part with your cash or part with your dignity.

Here are your options:

Option 1: Go online and bid on a signed jersey of your choice, whether that be through your team’s official website or on a site like eBay. Be prepared to spend at least 200 dollars to get your hands on a worthwhile jersey.

Option 2: Take a small child (preferably one you’re related to!) to a live sports game and get them to hold up a cardboard poster saying “Hey <INSERT NAME OF FAVOURITE PLAYER> can I have your jersey?

(The team at Pawn Stars look over a signed Christian Pulisic soccer jersey.)

Memorabilia Display Case

The Holy Grail of sporting fandom is creating your very own shrine to your favourite sport and your favourite team. If, like the author of this piece, you’re over the age of 30, you’ve more than likely collected a whole host of sporting memorabilia throughout the years.

Tickets from big games, commemorative mementos, game day programmes and novelty hats. You can add all of these into your memorabilia display case and then use it as motivation to amass more stuff.

Signed balls, replica stadiums, photos of you and your sporting hero and just about anything you can think of sports related.

In Summary

Imagination is your only limitation when it comes to adorning your house with items and paraphernalia relating to your favourite sports, team and players. Voracious readers make sure their houses are jam-packed with bursting bookshelves so why not do the same and pay homage to your favourite pastime?


About the Author

Daniel Carter

Daniel Carter is a senior writer and editor at CouponKirin. His work has been featured by The Associated Press, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, and Reuters. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he’s not writing about money, Carter enjoys traveling around the world.