Media room ideas include basement or garage conversions, specially designed cabinetry, ample seating, accessory storage, subdued lighting and bar or game areas. While some media rooms are large enough to be called home theaters, others are intimate and designed simply to enhance the viewing experience of a nuclear family.
Because media rooms require quiet and protection from invasive light, basements or garages often make ideal spaces for conversions. Large rooms used for other purposes can double as game rooms; when this is done, the room layout and lighting choices must be able to accommodate the multiple uses.
Choosing the right cabinet makes a difference when setting up a media room. Media room cabinetry should keep all audio and video components easy to access while keeping cables and connectors out of sight. Rather than leaving remote controls strewn about, a nice basket is great for organizing them and keeping them close at hand.
Media room seating must be comfortable and placed so that everyone present can see the screen. Lighting should be subdued to allow people to focus on the screen. Some homeowners choose to outline their screen or the entire room with dramatic lighting in a dark color. Choosing wall sconces with dimmer switches is valuable, as long as they don't rattle or make noise when the audio system's sub-woofers operate.