CREATING A MEDIA ROOM
Media rooms are very popular
these days as they are great for entertaining friends and/or relatives
whether you enjoy playing video games or watching movies, but what
should you bear in mind when creating one.
||With all the
components and electronic equipment involved when creating a media
room it is always difficult to know what to do with all the cables
One way of dealing
with the matter is to purchase a purpose built media cabinet to
house the television and other electrical equipment as well as
plenty of storage for other treasured items.
If you are purchasing new speakers
then it maybe a good idea to consider a wireless speaker system as
this will also help to reduce the number of wires and cables.
|There are cabinets
available that are made to house differing sizes of television
although it is more difficult to find those large enough for the new
extra big screen models and they are more expensive.
Some televisions can be mounted on
the wall but great care should be taken to ensure this is done
correctly to avoid accidents.
The wires can be hidden in channels within the wall but this is a
fairly permanent solution.
Lighting the Media Room
Unless you intend to use your
media room for other pastimes there is little need for bright lighting
but any lights should be directed away from the screen to avoid glare.
You can accomplish this by the use of track lights which allow the
lights to be directed away from the television or onto the floor for an
even more subtle effect. Side lamps and dimmer switches can also
help create the right atmosphere.
Curtains and blinds can also
help darken a room on a sunny day should the need arise.
Installing an acoustic
fabric wall will not only insulate the media room from extraneous noises
but will also help isolate the room from other parts of the house which
is advisable when playing boisterous and noisy video games.
If it is not viable to
insulate the whole room it may be worth considering just soundproofing
the wall that is adjacent to the part of the house most often occupied.
Audio equipment is continually
evolving but a surround sound
system creates a realistic theatre experience.
|It is important that any
seating is positioned at an appropriate distance from the screen.
Too close may cause neck and back ache and may distort the picture
and too far can detract from the viewing experience.
The height and position of the screen
should also be considered at the point of installation.
The image on some screens
deteriorates badly when viewed at an angle so this is another thing
to bear in mind when installing any seating.
Each manufacturer will state the
optimum viewing distance from their particular screen so check the
operator's manual prior to installation.
The number of seats will
depend on the number of people regularly using the room at any time.
Occasional and/or temporary seating such as floor cushions or bean bags,
can be included to cater for the times when extra numbers are required..
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