3 Tips for Building a New Media Room
You’ll Need These 3 Things During Your Audio/Video Project
If you are buying a new home, or renovating an older one in the Portland, OR area there are some important things you need to know about installing a home media room. Today, home theaters and multi-purpose media rooms are the most sought after aspects of the house. After all, families spend a majority of their hours watching movies, playing video games, and catching up on news and sports. This blog is all about what you need to know about home entertainment during new construction or renovation.
#1 Limit the Number of Windows in the Media Room
Technically windows aren’t going to negatively affect your space if you have motorized shades or a high-contrast screen that has been designed to look good in bright environments. However, too many windows may be more difficult to manage if it’s a high-traffic area where multiple members of your family are participating in different activities. The more windows you have, the more shades you have to install and the more attention you have to give to every media aspect. If you are building a new home, add a couple windows, but don’t build a glass house. If you are renovating an older home, we can install motorized shades to cover them when you are ready to watch a movie. Screens always look better in darker environments.
#2 Dedicate a Storage Space for Audio/Video Equipment
Whole house audio/video systems distribute your sources to different rooms. If you have a lot of different devices for content, like cable boxes, video game consoles, Blu-ray players, and streaming devices, then we recommend designating a closet to house all of them. Either incorporate custom cabinetry in your media room to store these items, or have your builder add a medium-size closet near the space. Not only will you save precious space, but you’ll also reduce AV clutter and the annoyance of exposed cables. You'll be better able to enjoy the ambience of your media room.
#3 Tailor the Room Using Acoustic Treatments
Equipment can only go so far towards producing the best sound possible. Taking the time to design and manage the acoustics of the media room helps perfect the sound quality and helps decrease sound leaks out of this space and into the rest of the house. During the construction phase, an AV professional can assess the shape of the room and install acoustic panels into the walls. Then, as the flooring, walls, and more are being installed, an expert can help choose what fabrics would help the room sound it’s best.
We have more tips on preparing for a media room installation! Ask us all of your questions by contacting us online. We’d love to partner with you on your next home renovation project.