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Budget Luxury: How to Set Up an Entertainment Room Without Breaking the Bank
The average person spends about 3 hours watching TV every day. Sitting in front of the TV to watch movies, sports, TV shows, and more has become something of a time-honored tradition. It’s a great way to blow off steam and relax.
If you enjoy watching TV for extended periods of time on a daily basis, you should set up an entertainment room in your home that will give you every opportunity to do it. It should include everything you’ll need to take it easy when you’re not working.
You don’t have to break the bank to put together the perfect entertainment space, either. There are plenty of cost-effective ways to create one without spending a fortune on it.
Here are some tips that will help you when you’re in the process of setting up an entertainment room in your house.
Paint the Room the Right Color
Are the walls in your entertainment room bright white at the moment? If so, change that immediately to make your room feel cozier than it does right now.
Often times, people prefer to paint entertainment spaces darker colors because they make rooms feel more welcoming. Darker paint colors also won’t reflect the light from your TV, which will enhance your TV viewing experience.
You don’t want to paint your walls black or another color that’s too dark. But you should pick a paint color that’s on the darker side to set the right tone for your room from the start.
Add Lighting to It
You’re going to spend a lot of time in your entertainment room with the lights off. There is nothing quite like turning down the lights and watching a movie in the comfort of your own home. It’ll make you feel like you’re at the movies—without the high price tag that comes along with it.
But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t install any lights in your home theater. It just means that you should go with lights that you can dim at a moment’s notice.
There are a lot of people who prefer to go with recessed lighting in an entertainment room. Recessed lighting isn’t expensive to install, and it’ll provide just enough light to set the right mood while you’re watching a big game or checking out an episode of your favorite show.
Find the Best Place for Your TV
The TV is, of course, going to be the centerpiece of your entertainment room. It’s what everyone is going to be looking at when they’re hanging out in the space.
Therefore, you should pick the best place for your TV before you do TV installation. Find a space somewhere on the wall that’ll put your TV in the perfect place for everyone to see it.
Set Up Seating in Front of It
Where is everyone going to sit when they come to relax in your entertainment room? Regardless of how big the room is, you should cram as many different seating options into it as you can.
Purchasing a large sectional for the space is one of your best options. But you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a new couch if you don’t want to spend the money on it.
You can use the couch you already have in the room and surround it with things like beanbag chairs, floor cushions, and other chairs so that people can sit down and watch TV with you. The best seating options are the ones that can be picked up and moved around in a room without much effort.
Place Shades Over Windows
If there are windows in your entertainment space, they’re going to put a huge damper on your experience when the sun is shining in. The sun can cause a glare on your TV and make it almost impossible to see what’s going on.
Avoid this scenario by putting up some simple shades over your windows. You can put the shades up and down depending on what time of day it is and prevent the glare from the sun from ruining your TV viewing.
Create a Surround-Sound Experience
It used to cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to install a surround-sound system in an entertainment room. Fortunately, that’s not the case anymore!
You can invest in a simple soundbar for a couple hundred bucks that will pump out more than enough sound to you and your guests. You can also outfit a room with in-wall or in-ceiling speakers for a lot less than you might think.
If you plan on watching tons of movies, you’re not going to want to miss out on the opportunity to have some kind of surround-sound system installed. See what’s out there and find something that’ll hit you with plenty of sound without forcing you to rack up credit card debt.
Decorate the Walls
After everything else in your entertainment center is in place, the final thing you should do is decorate your walls to make the space unique. You can decorate the walls with things like:
- Movie posters
- Sports jerseys
- Video game components
- Quotes about relaxing
- And so much more!
Put some thought into a theme for your room and stick to that theme when you’re decorating your walls. It’ll tie the whole space together and get people into the right frame of mind when they visit you.
Bring Your Entertainment Room to Life Today
If you’re not careful, you could spend tens of thousands of dollars on an entertainment room. But you don’t have to go that wild to create a space that you love. You can get creative and save yourself money while designing it.
By utilizing the tips that you see here, you can make your entertainment space comfortable and relaxing. And more importantly, you can do it without going way over your budget and putting yourself into a financial hole.
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