A media room is so much more than a room with a TV. A media room is an environment designed to give you the best cinema experience from the comfort of your own home. As such, there are several elements that go into designing the perfect media room for you and your family.
Here are 7 ways to turn your basement into a media room.
1. Declutter Your Basement
You may not want to hear this. But one of the first steps you’ll need to take is decluttering your basement. While organizing and cleaning take time, it’ll be well worth your effort.
The good news is that ourcan help you come up with storage solutions to transform your basement into an inviting living space. That way, your clutter will be out of sight and out of mind.
2. Finish Your Basement
A media room needs to be inviting. It should be a cozy place where you’d actually want to spend a couple of hours watching your favorite movie. Otherwise, what’s the point? A TV in a cold, dark basement isn’t all that appealing.
Our basement contractors would be more than happy to finish your basement. We’ll do this by installing a drop ceiling and proper lighting. That way, we’ll be able to cover exposed pipes and vents that could spoil the aesthetic of your home movie theater.
Concrete floors are cold and can look unattractive. That’s why we'll recommend that you install new flooring, such as luxury vinyl planks, to give it a real movie theater feeling.
3. Plan Your Sound System
The last thing you want is to have visible wires in your basement media room. That’s why it’s important that you hire a basement contractor to create your home movie theater.
For example, we can install recessed speakers into your walls or ceiling. This will give you the experience of “surround sound” so you can enjoy your new basement media room to the fullest.
Surround sound makes you feel like you’re there, whether you’re listening to fans in the stands cheering on your favorite team or savoring the sound of each individual instrument in a symphony.
Choose a speaker system that complements your. That way, it looks like an intentional design choice. A decoration, rather than a piece of technology that sticks out like a sore thumb.
4. Set Up a Universal Remote Control
There’s nothing worse than having to get up from your comfy spot on the couch to close the blinds or turn up the volume. That’s why we recommend setting up a universal remote control. This will help your viewing experience feel more luxurious!
5. Decide Where to Store Your Media
You’ll need to create a “home” for all your technology to live. This includes your DVD player, Blu-ray player, and other essential pieces of technology.
Hiding the clutter will help your room feel more streamlined and put the focus on the star of the room—your TV! Your TV should look like a piece of art on your wall. This means hiding any wires or cables that could spoil the viewing experience. Consider built-in custom cabinets or a nearby closet to store electronics.
6. Plan Your Seating Arrangement
Everyone in your family will want “the best seat in the house.” Our job is to help make sure that every seat offers a good view of the TV. That way, everyone can enjoy an optimal viewing experience. For example, a sectional couch that reclines forward can help you save space.
7. Enhance the Acoustics
Your TV will echo in a large room with hard surfaces. That’s why you have to think about how sound waves will bounce off the materials in your room. For example, thick carpeting can help improve the quality of sound coming from your TV. An area rug also absorbs vibrations from sound, which reduces the likelihood of hearing echos.
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Basement Trust is a reputable basement contractor in Grand Rapids, MI. To request a free in-home consultation, please call Basement Trust at (616) 608-9716. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.
This blog post has been updated.