For most of us, the “media room” is nothing more than our living room, which just happens to house a television and inadequate shelving to hold our media. The result, in most cases, is a big mess, including CDs, DVD, books, and magazines that are in no way organized, media that is spilling out onto the floor or stacked up on every surface, and probably speakers that are either in the way or that are sitting in your garage because you have nowhere to put them. In short, your media room is probably a disaster! However, you can give this essential room a makeover, or if you have the space, put it in a separate room that is better suited to housing it so that you can regain some modicum of control over your living room. Here are just a few ways that you can devise the makeover needed to make your media room more functional and aesthetically pleasing.
- Upgrade video and audio components. The most essential part of any media room is not the media itself, but the equipment you use to enjoy it. For this reason, any makeover process should start with assessing the electronic elements of your setup. If you only have a finite budget to work with and your video and audio equipment simply isn’t up to snuff, you should start by upgrading to a system that provides you with the latest technology for picture and sound, including a wireless speaker setup for surround sound if space happens to be an issue, as well.
- Upgrade seating. Once your video and audio has been upgraded you’ll probably want to spend a lot more time enjoying your media. But if you’ve resorted to using folding chairs you’re not going to be very comfortable. So your next order of business is to install seating options that will add to your viewing experience rather than taking away from it. If you have a couch or chairs that are a little worse for the wear, you could think about having them re-stuffed and reupholstered to save a little money. But if you want to go all out and you have the space and money to accommodate a home theater setup, purchasing cushy home theater seating is definitely the way to go.
- Add storage. Now it’s time to take practical concerns into consideration. A new monitor, speakers, and seating are great, but without proper storage your media room could still be a relatively non-functional space. As part of your makeover, you may therefor want to install built-in or even prefab cabinetry or shelving units to house your media collection.
- Install simple soundproofing. You don’t have to cover your walls with egg crates or install sound-deadening board in order to cut down on outside noise or put a stop to echoes when you enjoy your media room. In fact, by lying down some plush carpet and hanging heavy drapes (velvet, for example) on the walls you can not only add soundproofing, but also create the movie theater atmosphere you crave. When decor does double duty by contributing to the function of your media room, you get the most bang for your makeover buck.
- Remodel. If you have the budget, why not skip the piecemeal makeover and spring for a major remodel? This will allow you to get the media room you want from top to bottom, and when you’re finished you’ll have a space that was made for entertainment. With help from RenewalDesignBuild.com or a local contractor you won’t have to piece together all the components of a functional and beautiful media room – it will all come together in one fell swoop.