With the high price of watching movies at the cinema and the disappearance of game arcades, more people are turning to creating their own home entertainment rooms. These are different from the normal lounge. They’re not for chatting to friends and family, but rather enjoying what’s on screen in front of you.
If you’re a frequent movie-goer, having one of these rooms may just save you a lot of money in the long run. After all, how much is cinema popcorn really worth? Not to mention the sweet relief from annoying teenagers or other patrons that insist on whispering during the entire movie.
There are a number of ways you can go about creating the ideal multi-media room, but there are a few necessities you’ll need to take into consideration.
Ideally, the best entertainment room is a basement. It’s isolated, very little light comes in, and you’re not taking up a room that may be needed in the future – such as a bedroom. In South Africa, basements are quite rare, which means you’ll need to make do with some other space.
Choose a room that is wide enough for at least two couches, a TV, and a few shelves or book cases as well. You’re going to need some space to walk around and include extra amenities. You’ll also want to lay down some rugs to make the room look nice and some movie pop culture posters. Throwing in a few art deco pieces will really make your home cinema look like something out of the 40s.
Hanging curtains in the room isn’t just for decoration. After all, any bit of sunlight that enters the room can ruin your experience with glare, reflection, or ambient light. You’re going to want a set of blackout curtains for the entertainment room. These are thick and help to block out any and all light. And while they are available in a variety of colours, black is the best as it absorbs the most light. Be sure there’s enough material and netting to keep out any and all light. Putting a frame around the window will help with any rays peaking through the cracks between the wall and curtains.
Having the right furniture for you and your friends to relax on is a crucial part of the home entertainment experience. Sure, you can save a bit of cash by going with the cheapest chairs possible, but how stiff will you be after a Lord of the Rings extended edition marathon?
You’re going to need to invest in chairs that you can sit, relax, and snuggle up on. They need to be as comfortable as possible and the more people you can fit on, the better. They’ll also need to be easy to clean as food and drinks are bound to be spilled on them.
Apart from furniture, a stylish wooden shelf to hold all of your movies and games will go a long way in giving the room a homey feel. You can deck it out with pristine and clinical-looking furniture, but will that really make it more comfortable?
Rigging up an entire entertainment centre requires a lot of plugs and a lot of electricity. The room should ideally have two or three separate plug points as to not overload any of the outlets. Your power strips should have enough ports open to cater for all of your devices that need to be on and anything have has to be charged. If your have a mini-fridge in room – which is perfect for a cinema – then it should have it’s own dedicated plugin point.
And, finally, all of the power strips need to have surge protectors. You don’t want to replace your electronics or deal with an insurance company after a storm or power outage.
Finally, the room should be soundproofed. Games and movies can get pretty loud and you’ll want to turn the volume up to get the most out of your speakers. Unfortunately, not everyone in the house or neighbourhood will appreciate this. There are a number of ways in which a room can be soundproofed, such as gluing egg cartons to the wall. It doesn’t’ matter what you go with as long as it works.