Five Secrets to Building the Best Media Room
A very popular amenity that’s found in many homes, newly built or existing – and one that’s on many homeowners’ wish lists – is a Home Theater or Media Room. Keep on reading to see some sure-fire media room ideas that you can incorporate into your home, whether small or large, ordinary or amazing.
What fun to have your very own media room to invite your family and friends to watch your favorite movies and shows. A media room or home theater is becoming more popular in new homes and is even a replacement for the “rec rooms” of the past. And why not? With online movie streaming and downloading favorites more convenient, this added space in any home is a bonus. Whether you devote one entire space to a media room or incorporate media features into a multipurpose room, here are 5-secrets to building a “5-star” media room.
Secret 1: Plan, Plan, Plan! There are many variables that are associated with creating a media room so planning ahead is the first secret to getting just what you want. Create a “floor plan” and diagram your dream room onto paper. Refer to catalogs and magazines for inspiration. Consider the size of the space, the style of the room, audio/video equipment, and most important…your budget. Decide if you can allocate this space just for a media room or if it will be used for other family activities.
Secret 2: Select The Right Lighting: Getting the room lit just right is important. Since you won’t be watching movies all of the time, and if you opt to use the room for other activities, consider installing lights with dimmer switches. Whether you use recessed lighting, lamps, or overhead installations, the dimmer switch will be convenient and effective.
Secret 3: Design The Acoustics: Seeing and hearing is believing! A major aspect of any movie experience is the sound so pay particular attention to the acoustics of your media room. Installing carpet, opposed to tile or hardwood will improve the sound. Surround sound speakers that are placed in all areas of the room offer a movie theater experience that will make a huge difference in your space. Remote controls will add convenience. Headphones are part of our everyday culture, so installing jacks by each seat could be an option, especially if the room isn’t soundproof. Consider working with a professional who is trained in acoustic design.
Secret 4: Keep Decor Welcoming: If you can dedicate a room exclusively for a media room, make the focal point of the screen and keep other accessories to a minimum. But since most of us have to create our media room to share with other family activities, keep the room warm and welcoming with furniture arrangement and screen placement. Set the largest sofa facing the screen. Place the chairs out so they face each other but can be moved to different areas of the room. Store chairs in closets for additional seating. The television screen can be installed inside a cabinet so the doors can open and close as needed or a projector can be installed to the ceiling, away from view. Flat-screen televisions are now becoming part of a room’s design, so you may decide not to conceal them at all.
Secret 5: Upgrade In The Future: Audio and visual equipment change frequently so consider designing your room to incorporate future upgrades. For example, design and install lighting, movie screens, televisions, and audio equipment in an easy-to-access way so they can be removed, replaced, or even repaired without damaging the structure of the room.
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