The fact of the matter is that most families spend a lot of time gathered around the television. Whether you’re catching up on the latest episode ofModern Familyor decompressing after a long day at work (and school), the media room can be the heart of the house.
This makes designing the ultimate media room so crucial. If you’re going to be spending any amount of time in your media room, follow these tips to create a space that you (and your family and friends) can enjoy spending time in.
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From a man cave or lady lair to a family living room or playroom, there are countless options when it comes to your media space. That’s why we’ve come up with these six tips for designing the ultimate media room.
When you’re done, make sure it’s a space that you’ll never want to leave!
Before you can design your media space, it’s important to figure outwhere your ultimate media room will be. Do you have a basement space you’re looking to repurpose? Is there a smaller, unused room that would be perfect for a television area? Or will your media space be the family room?
Only once you’ve decided on your media space can you start designing and shop furniture.
If your media room functions as a man cave or space for the family to gather, you want to make sure you’re sitting on a comfy couch. You also want to make sure there’s enough seating, especially if you plan on hosting movie nights, game day, or a sleepover for your children and their friends.
The television might be the focal point, but you’re going to need something to sit on — and sit on comfortably.
To learn more about picking the best sofa for your space, you can read ourguide to choosing the right sofa.
Now that you have something to sit on, you want to think about the other pieces of furniture through the room. Like where is the television going to sit? Sounds like it’s time to shop furniture!
Since the television will be the focal point of your media room, you want to make sure you have an entertainment center that makes a statement and will fit your needs. You can go with something more modern like ourGraphite Accent Cabinet or opt for this beautifulLoumont Antique White Accent Cabinet.
Next comes the side tables and coffee table. Where are you going to line up all the appetizers for the big game day? You want to make sure you have a table that’s both sturdy but is fit for how you plan to use your media room.
If you’re hosting big parties, this glassExeter Occasional Table Set will have plenty of space for all your snacks and cleans up easily. If you’re looking for something soft to put your feet up on, thisDove Grey Sleeper Ottoman will keep your feet comfortable and all your stuff carefully stowed.
Other accents, like side tables, pillows, rugs, and plants can start to give the space its style. Think about the color scheme and how your sofa and other furniture helps to tie in this theme.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, it’s very important to know what the space will be used for. This will help you decide on what type of storage and functionality you’ll need. Do you have a lot of DVDs that need to be easily accessible? How about video games? You might opt for an entertainment cabinet with enough shelves to store all of your media.
Or, do you plan on curling up with a glass of wine and reading that latest New York Times best-selling novel late into the light? A lounge chair will keep you comfortable while you enjoy those last few chapters — and when you’re too tired to make it back to your bed.
Think about the ambiance you want your media room to have. This is where the lighting comes in. You can get creative with indirect lighting throughout the space so you aren’t always relying on a sterile overhead light. Instead, add different lamping throughout the space to both add aesthetic value and light different corners of your media room.
If you plan on using your media room as a viewing space, you also want to make sure you have a sound system that will give you and your family the surround-sound experience. Add in professional-quality speakers or invest in an acoustical ceiling to help improve sound quality. When your media room feels like a theater, no one will ever want to leave!
If you have a furry best friend, don’t leave them out of your new space — they’re family! Make sure you’ve thought about where they will be, whether it’s lying next to you on that comfy sofa or lying on their favorite fluffy dog bed.
Now that you have the ultimate media room in your home, it’s time to enjoy it! Invite your friends over for that much-dreadedGame of Thronesseries finale, or get ready for the College World Series next month. Or kick your family out and curl up with a book or one of your favorite rom-coms.
When it’s time to redecorate your home or shop furniture, finding new furniture always feels like a tedious task — especially when you have to visit multiple furniture stores to find just what you’re looking for. That’s why ourLancaster’s Furniture To Go is here to help you figure out just what you need when it comes to redesigning or furnishing your home — or your media room.