“Are you ready for some football?”
Super-bowl 2013 is just around the corner. Next to New Year’s Eve the Superbowl is now America’s top party event. Is your media room party ready? Most homes built today have “bonus” rooms which are ideal spaces to use as a media room. If you’re building a new home or renovating an existing space here are some key features you should have in your media room:
8 Key Features of a great media room:
- Versatile Seating– Sectionals provide comfortable seating that can accommodate just a few or a crowd. Be sure to choose durable fabrics that can handle the wear, tear and spills. Think micro-fiber and leather. When positioning seating be sure to orient it around the screen so that it can be viewed no matter where you are seated.
- Audio Video Technology– In this case, size matters. Here the TV takes center stage so don’t be afraid to invest. TV viewing is the most common activity outside of work and sleep. The average American watches four hours a day. HD TV’s are very affordable. When purchasing your TV make sure that it is large enough that everyone in the room can back up and see it. Mount it in a position that no one has to crane their neck. Digital surround sound speakers give your viewers more of a cinematic experience.
- Sound-proofing– Use fabrics to absorb sound and prevent echoes. You want to be able to hear the TV but not have it echoing or blaring so loud that you can hear it all over your home. In media rooms carpet is the most popular flooring material.
- Built-ins – House media components and hide unsightly wiring and connections with built in units. A media room need not look like a technical command center. Built ins also provide integrated storage for DVD’s and gaming system controllers.
- Dim-able lighting– Subtle lighting will not detract from the picture quality. Remote dimmers on lights are convenient and keep you from having to get up to adjust lighting.
- Room-Darkening Window Treatments– If your media room has windows, use black-out shades, blinds or draperies to block out light, eliminate glare and give viewers a more theater-like experience.
- Wet bar and service area – People like to eat and drink while viewing. A prep area in the media room puts snacks and beverages at your fingertips and eliminates trips back and forth to the kitchen. A microwave is useful for making popcorn. A mini-fridge keeps beverages cold.
- Powder room or half bath – Bonus rooms and basements are often set apart from the rest of the home and nobody wants to have to run a flight of stairs to use the bathroom. Having the facilities nearby insures that nobody misses the game-changing touch down because they were in the bathroom.
Media rooms require a lot of time and planning but if you make sure to incorporate these 8 features you will not be disappointed. In fact, you may find that your home has become the Super-bowl Party destination. TOUCHDOWN!!!!
~Beautiful Home Ideas