For movie enthusiasts, to fully enjoy in watching their favourite films, having a great media room is a must. For some, this might seem as an unnecessary and costly project, but there’s nothing that enhances the movie-watching experience more than kicking back in your comfy theatre seating in your own home and watching the latest blockbuster with a surround sound system.
If you’re considering creating your own media room, be sure to research what is the best choice concerning seating, equipment choice and installation.
Media room theme
Your first decision should be about the general theme of your media room design. Ambiance and comfort contribute greatly to the whole experience of movie watching and if you’re a big cinema fan, you’ll want to mimic as closely as possible the design and décor of big cinema theatres. You can put up framed posters of your favourite movie classics, a clapperboard or a reel as ornaments so it feels like in a real cinema. You might add some velvet curtains to the windows or to the sides of your wall screen and also add some subtle lighting and dimmers.
No media room is ever complete without snacks and drinks, so consider adding your own little concession stand with a bar cabinet, candy drawer, mini fridge and a microwave. If your budget allows it, splurge on a full-sized built-in bar, a popcorn maker and a soda machine.
The choice of your seating depends on your budget and style preferences. If you’re looking for a true media room/home theatre feel, then the stadium seating is the way to go. By adding platforms and stairs, you’ll copy the slanting floors and tiers of a real-life cinema. As a more affordable option, just avoid multiple levels but go for big and comfy armchairs, deep sectionals and ottomans.
A lot of sectionals are also modular, so you can easily adjust their shape and configuration to fit your needs in seconds. A pull-out couch is a great option for kids, as they love to lie down while playing games or simply doze off during movie nights. Throw in some blankets and lots of soft cushions and you’ll get a comfy media room no one will be willing to leave!
As in all other aspects, here too, your available budget dictates your choice of tech equipment. To start with, you need to decide on the type of a screen you prefer. One way to go is to get a projector and a pull-down wall screen. This will give you a dramatic, big-screen movie experience. The only downside here is that the picture can get a bit blurry, so make sure you invest into a projector that allows you to control the output image quality. The projector itself can be wall or ceiling mounted, but you can also keep it sitting on a shelf as it’s very convenient if you’re organising an outdoor movie night so you can easily relocate it.
Mounting and over-sized TV on the wall is the most common practice in media room designs. It’s far out of kids’ reach and it leaves the space below free for other use, such as storage, shelving, cabinets to hide dangling cords and gaming equipment, or even a fireplace to add a touch of warmth to the room. This is not always an easy DIY project, so if you are not particularly handy, you should consider hiring genuine pros. For instance these Sydney-based TV installation experts provide homeowners with answers to the logistical challenges of installing home theatre and media rooms, from preliminary home theatre ideas and approved home theatre designs, to the final home theatre installation.
Finally, a home audio system is another element that should not be neglected, especially since most TVs have speakers at the back so the sound bounces off the wall when the TV is mounted. For a single TV unit, a great and elegant solution is getting a sound bar speaker system. They are narrow and sleek speakers that can be positioned above or on the sides of your TV. But the best option, quality-wise, would be to install a surround sound system with speakers put throughout the room, attached to the walls or even installed into the drywall as a permanent solution.
As you can see, creating a powerful media room is not an easy task. With this in mind, following these pieces of advice should considerably facilitate your efforts.