Having a superior spot in your house to watch football or zone out to Netflix is no longer just an option—most folks now consider it a necessity.
“Four or five years ago, I would’ve said skip a media room because it’s a bit of a niche amenity that only some people value, like a swimming pool,” says Cedric Stewart, team leader of Entourage RG at Keller Williams in the Washington, DC, area. But with the decline in traditional movie theater attendance and the streaming platform boom, fully appointed media rooms or home theaters—even those that are professionally installed—are making a breakthrough.
But like any home alteration, a high-end home theater doesn’t come cheap.
“A full media room can start at about $10,000 and go as high as $250,000,” says Brian Goldstein, owner of All Systems Audio and Video, in Hatboro, PA.
Much of the variance in costs depends on whom you hire, the extent of the construction (converting a room versus building an addition to your home), and the type of media equipment and materials you select.
“You can make a few changes for a couple of thousand bucks, but to fully convert a blank room to a media room, you’ll easily be spending $10,000 and up,” says Darla DeMorrow, author of “Organizing Your Home With Sort and Succeed.”
Trust us, a computer screen or iPad is no way to consume a big-budget movie, or even the latest episode of your new favorite HBO show. Below, everything you need to know about creating a stylish and well-equipped media room.
Pick the right space
Bedrooms are king in the real estate world, so if you’re thinking about transforming one into a media room, hold off. If you have only a couple of spots to sleep, ripping out half of them to put in a huge flat-screen TV may kill off a future home sale.
A room with limited windows (like the basement or above the garage) is best for a media room. Just don’t set it up above or below a current bedroom as the sound might travel and make it hard to fall asleep.
Size it right
If possible, you want to make sure you have enough room for a TV or projector screen, seating area, and a coffee or side table to set your drinks on. The ideal space for a typical media room is about 15 feet by 20 feet, according to Goldstein.
To have the optimum viewing experience, place the seating area “about one to one-and-a-half times the diagonal length of your screen,” according to Karen Gray-Plaisted of Design Solutions KGP. And don’t forget the screen’s height—if it’s too high on the wall, you’ll be tilting your neck to watch.
Shop for equipment
Goldstein’s basic media room shopping list includes a 4K projector, high-resolution TV (60 inches or larger), and a 7.2 surround-sound and control system. For a more deluxe approach, you might look for specific movie chair seats with built-in sound or install subwoofers in the room’s corners.
Not looking to take on a sound system renovation?
“A sound bar for the TV will dramatically improve how you experience your movies,” says DeMorrow.
And for the most fun possible, consider a popcorn machine, microwave, or minifridge nearby for snacks and drinks.
Enhance your sound
Acoustical treatments like specialized ceiling tiles will help with the sound. However, if you’d like to keep your ceiling fully intact, decorate the room with soft surfaces, especially if the floor isn’t carpeted.
DeMorrow and Goldstein both recommend rugs, pillows, upholstered seating, and soft window treatments to cushion the room and absorb sound.
Call a pro
You may be handy, but a full-fledged media room may not be the best place to try out your DIY chops.
Goldstein says a media pro will have knowledge of the latest technology, and will take the whole package into consideration, including room layout, lighting design, equipment, and even temperature control.
“I’ve seen too many DIY projects like this that end up with piles of wire in the corner right next to the TV,” says DeMorrow. When you farm this job out, wires will be carefully hidden and you’ll have a beautiful, clutter-free room in the end.
Be sure it’s comfy
The finishing touches matter almost as much as the TV and sound system, so pay attention to where people will be sitting. Bring in some comfy sectional couches and soft floor pillows for kids to flop on.
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