Media room carpet

Attention to detail always pays off when you consider your media room design options. As home movie rooms are becoming more popular it takes an effort to make yours stand out. It is not enough just to have a big LCD/projector, comfortable chairs and a surround sound system. You need to think about decor as much as about the technical specs.

If you imagine yourself for a second at a movie theater it is difficult to miss the fact that the entire area is usually carpeted, even the concessions court and the hallways. These rugs help decrease the noise from hundreds of people walking and talking, but they do not absorb or dampen the sound in the actual theater. You probably not have to deal with high volume of visitors at your home theater, but the acoustics must be considered. Just as in case of media room furniture you don't want to have anything that's too fluffy and thick. However, media room carpenting allows one to improve the acoustics in a room that was not originally built for that purpose -- it prevents the sound from bouncing around. Carpets also reduce the glare from the screen, keeping the room dark and cozy. You can go with a generic pattern, but be aware of the fact that there are many rug designs that are specifically created for movie theaters.

Entertainment center furniture ideas

Entertainment centers these days are a dime a dozen in every sense except the price. Starting at $100 they can be found "wherever TVs are sold", not to mention regular furniture stores. But what if you need something unique, stylish or fitting your theme-based home theater? There are entertainment centers available online that can capture your imagination. I tried to provide large images (accessible with a click, check them out, they are stunning), but don't forget to come back to this page to see more.

Grand Europian Style (at the top of the article) with concealed media storage (behind the fluted columns!).

This is a tropical style entertainment center - complete with woven rattan door and drawer inserts.

This period-looking entertainment armoire will work best in a room that is only occasionally used to watch videos. You will not have to constantly stare and a huge black screen in the middle of your home library or study.

This Italian Riviera entertainment center has a beautiful layered look that points to excellent craftsmanship.

This entertainment center brings Italian Renaissance style to your media room. Some of the features include a laminated serving shelf for wine opening and drink mixing.

This 4-piece entertainment center from Parker House is made in rural European style and has such unlikely features as hanging wine glass racks and reversible shelves with wine storage.

This impressive wall system deserves to have some of its features listed here, because they are not entirely obvious from the picture.

  • Multiple wiring ports including large cable access
  • Removable back panels for easy access to components
  • Surge protected power strips in each pier cabinet
  • Shelving engineered for easy transit of cables between components
  • Case levelers accessible from inside the bottom door compartments
  • Hand grips engineered in all pieces to make moving furniture easy and safe
  • Expandable bridge and shelf accommodates most rear-projection televisions
  • Rheostat controlled lighting operates pier cabinet and light bridge fixtures
  • Speaker cloth inserts for left and right channel or sub-woofer speakers in each pier unit
  • All-media storage pullout libraries provide access to CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes
  • Ventilated audio compartments for heat dissipation prolongs furniture and component life

This sleek-looking entertainment center features a lot of storage for your media, without creating any clutter.

Made out of metal, this white entertainment center has a stunning modern look.

This antique-looking entertainment center is actually hand-painted. It is made with solid wood and brass finished hardware.

Media room furniture: comfort and beyond in the home theater room

When one mentions media room furniture the fist thing that comes to mind is chairs. Big cushy, comfortable chairs that any reasonable human being would love to spend a couple of hours in (as the Berkline Reno seating pictured above). A definite staple in the world of home theater seating. And certainly, everyone seems to be an expert on what is comfortable: it just feels right! I will leave it to the masses to decide what particular chairs, sofas, recliners etc. are comfortable. There are, however, additional things to consider when purchasing furniture for the media room or TV room.

  1. It is essential that no piece of furniture in the media room creates unwanted glare that will interfere with the viewing experience. Just because something looks good and feels comfortable it does not mean that it's the right thing for a home theater room! Leather chairs, for instance, should be banned from such environments (unless you only have one row of seats). Microfiber will look just as good, but the light will not be bouncing all over the room, causing fatigue and disturbing the sense of vision in a manner not intended by film directors. This principle goes across the board. If you are buying tables, trays, media storage units avoid polished surfaces or cover them whenever possible.
  2. Avoid furniture that causes noise pollution. You may not notice this in a crowded show room of a furniture store, but many recliners can really disturb home theater audiences. Consider ottomans or over-sized chairs that provide plenty of space for someone to stretch out comfortably. Naturally, you should avoid swiveling and rocking chairs.
  3. Even the heaviest of home theater furniture pieces can slide across the room over time, changing the configuration of the seating area that you have originally created. Unless you have plans to use your media room for purposes other than watching movies, consider properly installing the chairs. This may limit you to only certain choices of models and types of furniture, but if you are going for a recognizable "theater" look, it is essential.
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House Library Design