Whether you and your family are movie buffs or just like to sit together and watch your favorite weekly shows, you may want to have a media room in the home for such occasions. A media room is a desirable addition to many homes – it gives you the feel of the movies without the crowd! There are endless ways to design this space in your house. In order to keep the design process smooth, streamlined and fun, follow these tips for the perfect home entertainment room.
Know what the space is for
Before you start designing anything, it’s best to decide exactly for what purpose you want to use your media room. Maybe the room will mainly be used for watching movies or television, but it could also be used for playing video games or listening to music. You’ll need different equipment for whichever option you decide (and will need to tailor your room design to suit that equipment).
Make a list
Once you have decided what the main function of the space will be, make a list of everything that you want to have readily available for use in your media room. Think about what you’ll use most and how it would contribute to the room. For example, if you want to use the room for music, you may want to invest more heavily in high quality speakers or a surround sound system rather than splurging on a home theater screen. This is important because as you move throughout the design process, you’ll want to consider installing lighting, wiring and built-in shelving to house your electronics.
A home theater contractor can help make the vision you have for your space become a reality. The complexity of a home theater requires skill in both construction and electronics. Contractors that specialize in both are perfect for this type of job. They can help you design the room, choose electronic equipment and do the installation for you. When hiring a contractor, however, you don’t want to choose just anybody. Consider these tips to hire someone who will get the job done properly:
- Look at photos of installations and previous construction projects
- Ask for references that you can call or visit
- Ask if he or she is a member of a professional association
- Make sure he or she is responsive to your planning ideas and requests
- Ensure he or she is fully licensed, insured/bonded
Choose the right lighting
Getting the lighting right in a media room is essential for it to function successfully. The rooms often have to be on the darker side, with dim light. If your media room has windows, consider installing Phantom’s retractable screens for windows with privacy mesh. This type of mesh is specifically designed to help block out light and keep your space movie-ready. You can enjoy a film in an authentic movie theater-like environment even in the middle of the day – the mesh blocks up to 100 percent of UV rays and offers you exceptional privacy.
Opt for suitable furniture
When choosing furniture for your media room, you want to keep everyone’s comfort, but you also want to make sure that the furniture you have in mind will properly fit within the allotted space. For example, a traditional couch may be more suitable than rows of recliner chairs. When choosing furniture, comfort should be the number one concern, along with the viewing angle. Seating choices range from theater seats and recliners to couches and love seats. Reclining seats are ideal for media rooms, because they allow custom seating angles and adjust to viewing of the screen from different distances. Here are a few other important factors to consider when picking out furniture for your media room:
- Comfortable for sitting for long periods of time
- Has built-in drink holder(s) or storage
- Substantial in weight or floor mountable
- Durable and easy to clean
- Doesn’t interfere with other seating or walls behind it