Media RoomTips

by Jane VanOsdol on October 17, 2011

Whether you’re a movie buff or you just love to relax in front of the TV, perhaps you’re considering converting a room in your home to a media room. Media rooms are big business in the home improvement field. What could be better than enjoying your favorite music video using the latest technology in the comfort of your own home?

Media rooms can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like them to be, and a large part of that determination rests on what type of budget you set. If you’re looking to create the ultimate in a home theater experience, you can plan on spending many tens of thousands of dollars for the latest top-of-the-line technology and the furnishings to go with it. At the other end of the spectrum, you could spend a couple thousand to create a room that your family will enjoy every day.

Media Room Home Improvement Tips

  • Decide what your budget allows and then purchase the best TV and audio-visual equipment and technology that fits within those parameters. Remember, you also have the option to use a projector with a retractable screen. Talk to the experts so that you get the best surround sound equipment to use with your flat screen. If you are working with a high-end budget, you’ll want to address the issue of standing waves in the room by installing panels on your walls. (See citation below).
  • Have your home improvement professional build a custom entertainment center to hold your TV and equipment. This can be a built-in shelving and cupboard unit that allows you to completely hide the equipment when it’s not in use. You can also design it to include open shelves to display knick-knacks, family photos or works of art. The center will become the focal point of the room.
  • Consider soundproofing the room if your budget allows. If you or your teen-age family members like to crank the volume in the media room, you may want to install soundproof doors and windows. Depending upon your budget, you can also have the ceiling and walls soundproofed so that you’re not blasting out the rest of the family when you’re using the room.
  • Choose your flooring wisely. Most media rooms benefit from a layer of thick carpet and under that a thick pad. Not only do these give a plush, cushy feel to the room, but they also prevent echoes by absorbing sound.
  • Have your home improvement expert help you to pick the best lighting for the room. The first consideration is that it should not glare on the screen. Most homeowners prefer subdued lighting for a media room, but you may want to have a few different preprogrammed choices for lighting so that if you’re hosting a party, you can ramp up the lighting.
  • Cover the windows. When it comes time to watch a movie, be sure that you have enough layers on the window to prevent daylight from filtering in the room and glaring off the TV.
  • Add furniture. Finally, you’ll need to add the furniture that’s comfortable for your family and your budget. You can purchase theater-style recliner chairs for an upscale look, or you can add your own favorite recliners and couches. But by all means, make sure it’s comfortable. Add tables to hold snacks and drinks and maybe a bar/mini-fridge so that everything is within easy reach.

A media room may just be the most-loved and best-used room of your home, one that will serve your whole family for years to come.

(Some information taken from the following: eHowKnol. How to Build a Media Room:Create a Customized Space To Enjoy Movies, Television, Music and Games [Internet]. Version 4. Do It Yourself: Home Entertainment. 2009 Jun 22 [revised 2008 Dec 26]. Available from:

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