Where can I design a media room in my home?
Willing to have a fun cinema-like experience without stirring anywhere from your home? Then designing a home theatre should be the right option for you. A well-equipped media room has become an integral part of the modern homes in Singapore. There is no reason why you should not have your share of the fun experience. You may convert one of your empty rooms into a stylish home theatre or transform the spare guest room into a media room.
It is also possible to build a small media room in a part of your living room. If you have an empty attic or basement, you may think of setting up a media room in that space. For better acoustics, choose a rectangular room. Install the home theatre system in a shorter side of the room and enjoy better sound quality. It is also better to choose a space without any windows. A dark setting works better for a space meant to be converted into a media room.
How to design a media room?
So now you have chosen the right spot for your media room. Measure the available area and make a rough sketch of the proposed layout of the room. You may seek the assistance of an experienced interior architect for this project. Doing so will help you to complete the job with satisfaction and remain within the budget. The technology associated with a home theatre system is undergoing improvements every day. Only a professional can remain updated with all the technological advancements in this domain and help you with his or her knowledge.
When building from scratch, use drywall for building the basic structure of a media room. Concrete should better be avoided for this space. Its dense nature quickly transmits the sound to the other parts of the building and makes it unbearable for those busy at other tasks than watching movies. It is better to interrupt the flow of long flat surfaces with architectural features, furniture and decorative items. However, avoid hanging mirrors and glass covered paintings on the walls. They will reflect both sound and light and cause disruption in the viewing experience.
You may install acoustic wall panels in the rooms already designed with brick and mortar walls. Wall panels like these have great capabilities of absorbing sound. They can be installed in conjunction with drywalls as well. Design the flooring with care. You may opt for cork flooring for affordability, comfort and the acoustical qualities. Covering the existing flooring with wall to wall carpet or plush rugs is another option which you should consider using here. Not only will this absorb the glaring sound of a media room, but also help you enhance the beauty and comfort of the space.
Cover the windows with heavy curtains. You may opt for shades and blinds that completely black out the natural light. For better sound quality, place the speakers at least two feet away from the walls. Don’t place the rear speakers too close to the last row of the seats. Depending on your budget, usage pattern and requirements, you may buy any one of the hundreds of very sophisticated speakers available in the market currently.
For an immersive experience, choose a display screen that provides optimum viewing experience. If you are buying a 72 inches display screen, your first row of seat should be at least 8 feet away from the screen. Don’t install the screen above the eye level. This results in physical discomfort and can cause eye diseases and chronic spinal ailments.
What seating arrangements can I have in my media room?
Most of the cosy media rooms may have only one row of seats. This works fine for small families as well as those who have no need to arrange for extra seats. While making seating arrangements in your media room, leave at least two and a half feet of space between the electronic accessories and the seats. This will help you, your friends and family members to move around freely without disturbing anyone. The space between the two consecutive rows should at least be two feet wide. This ensures comfort for everyone. While designing multiple rows of seats, make a stadium like arrangement for better viewing experience.
Home theatre recliners are the most preferred option for a stylishly designed media room. You may opt for high quality leather recliners in dark brown, black, red, pale grey or white. These recliners have a motorised reclining option. Recliners that are 34 inches wide and 28 inches deep are considered most comfortable. Since these recliners take up a considerable amount of space, they are not the most ideal type for a cosy media room. You may choose stadium seats with rocker function for this. They take up much less space than the conventional home theatre recliners.
Don’t disregard the use of comfy couches and loveseats for your media room. They are available in a wide variety of designs. They can give your media room a luxurious makeover. Besides, they are highly suited for small home theatres. You may buy dark tone leather couches or sofas with fabric upholstery. Don’t choose textile with reflective surfaces like satin, taffeta or dupioni silk for upholstering the sofas.
Loveseats specifically designed for home theatres prove to be another delightful solution. Like sofas and recliners, you may buy loveseats upholstered in leather, cotton or polyester fabric. Loveseats with storage spaces will help you resolve some of the clutters of your media and living room. The cost of designing a media room depends heavily on the types of materials used to design and decorate the space, the gadgets you intend to have here and the dimensions of the room. Expect to pay between SGD 150 and SGD 280 per square for a stylish designed media room in your home.