Media Rooms Do’s and Don’ts

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Who doesn’t want a media room? Having an in-home theater and video game room is on the top of the list of renovations for many homeowners. Besides getting the TV out of the main part of your living area, you’re also creating a place to go to have fun, relax, and let the worries of the day fade away. Or if you have kids and the room will mainly be for them – getting the noise out of the living room or bedroom and into a more soundproof room can be a reason to celebrate in itself

And the really good news is you can spend as little or as much money as you want and that includes adding an addition or just renovating a room you already have. Read on to discover our top tips to get you on your way.

Planning is paramount, and that doesn’t just include equipment. When you’re going to create or build a media room, make sure to consider everything that goes into a correctly set up media room. That includes furniture. The number one most crucial piece of furniture is the recliner. When you start shopping, you’ll see chairs come in all price points. We suggest getting the ones that have cup holders and possibly trays, and a built-in USB port. If the media room is mainly for gaming – check out the old-school bean bags. And nothing goes better with chairs than snacks, so don’t forget having built-in cupboards and a fridge – even if it’s small. That way, you can have snacks right there handy for movies or gaming.

Media Room Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t skimp on soundproofing; add some acoustic paneling to keep the noise in the room. Most spaces will need a high-quality carpet that absorbs sound – that’s why theaters use it. Your room should be painted with flat paint, so it doesn’t reflect. A popular combination is light gray walls with a darker gray ceiling. For lighting, we suggest recessed lights on a dimmer switch. Use blackout curtains but don’t permanently cover the windows – that way, you can have sunlight when you want it.

TV Size & More

For equipment, the best advice is to get what you want without overspending or buying the cheapest thing out there. Put your money into the most critical elements. For example – on the TV, select a set that fits the wall size – not the largest screen you can find. Investing in a good speaker system is a must, as is placement based on the chairs and screen. Get organized on the setup and wires, so you don’t have cords strung all over. The other essential item is a strong and reliable surge protector. You don’t want a lightning storm to hit your equipment and destroy everything.  Universal controls are great, too, so you do not have to use several controls just to watch a movie.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these media room tips. And if you’re dreaming of one for your home, contact Remodeling Consultants today to begin planning an addition or remodel in Westchester or Fairfield County. You can call our New York office at (914) 381-6900 or our Connecticut office at (203) 321-1250.

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