You might not need a home theater to enjoy the big game with friends or kick off movie night with the family, but a spacious entertainment room can definitely enhance such experiences. This is especially true when homeowners put considerable thought into the design of entertainment rooms.
Movie buffs and sports fans may have different notions of the ideal entertainment room, but here are three design features worth considering by anyone looking to upgrade their entertainment spaces:
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the abundance of options when choosing a screen for an entertainment room. Televisions have long been a go-to choice, but projection screens are also worth considering. If the room is all about entertainment, a stationary television or projection screen might be homeowners’ best choices. Fixed projection screens are mounted on the wall and projectors are usually suspended from the ceiling. Semi-fixed projection screens provide a similar viewing experience, but can be lowered or retracted when residents are not watching a movie. Semi-fixed can even be installed in front of a TV so residents can stream a movie to the projector and then watch TV through a cable box when there is no movie night. Projectors often provide much larger screens for a fraction of the cost of similarly sized televisions. However, sports fans may prefer TVs, as live sports have yet to catch up with streaming movies and TV shows in terms of reliability or even availability. As a result, many sporting events remain available via cable TV only, while even those that can be streamed tend to have a few hiccups during the game.
Although TVs and projectors tend to come with built-in sound, the quality of that sound often leaves something to be desired. Owners will therefore want to choose an audio system that offers cinema-quality sound. If the room is completely remodeled, such as a complete basement renovation, installing speakers in the ceiling can create a true theatrical experience. Ceiling speakers can also be installed in existing rooms, although this will likely cost more and extend the time needed to complete the project. Surround sound is a must in any entertainment room. Homeowners who are concerned about wires need not worry, as modern wireless surround sound systems are available at many different price points. Some systems are better suited to smaller rooms than others, so homeowners should measure the room and choose a system that best suits its dimensions.
Whether you’re using the space to watch the big game or kick off the latest blockbuster (or both), chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting in your new entertainment room. A sectional sofa could be ideal, as it can be reconfigured depending on what you’re watching and how many people are watching with you. Comfort is indeed important, but you’ll also want seats that offer enough support so you won’t be plagued with aches and pains once you leave the room. This support can also prevent residents and guests from falling asleep.
Everyone has their own ideas of what constitutes the ideal entertainment space. But sports fans, movie buffs and others can all agree that an entertainment room worthy of the big game or the latest blockbuster has a big screen, pristine sound and comfortable seating.