4 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Media Room Installation
Create the Ultimate Multi-Purpose Space With these Tips
Designing a media room can be one of the most challenging tasks in your new home. For one, it's one of the most versatile spaces. It's used for watching movies, reading, hosting friends, and more. It's also one of the first things people notice when they enter your house. So, style is just as important as practicality. When it comes to media room installations, there are a few problems in particular that we often notice. We outline some of them below, including some quick tips on how to stay ahead of any potential issues in your Darien, CT home.
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Not Planning for Your Installation
Many of the problems we encounter are due to bad planning. With your media room being the centerpiece of your home, it shouldn’t be an afterthought. Work with your interior designer and an AV professional to plan out how you want to use the space and your stylistic vision for it. Make sure any pre-wiring needs for displays, speakers, and more take place during construction to avoid having to tear down walls in the future.
Choosing the Wrong Display Size
Another problem we often see has to do with display size. Some stylistic-minded clients err on the side of caution and choose TVs that are too small. Instead, you can take advantage of a variety of TV masking technologies to protect your décor without sacrificing image quality.
For others, the urge to go bigger is too strong. We get it; few things are as impressive as a high-performance 80” display. But in a tight space, they become an eyesore in more ways than one. They’ll be harder to hide or camouflage with your interior décor. Unless you have a massive media room, you’re also going to end up straining your eyes if you’re sitting too close to the screen.
This is where that earlier planning pans out. We'll gauge precisely how far you'll be from the screen and the stylistic elements you want to include or avoid. Once we have that information, we can figure out the ideal display size for your space.
Forgetting About the Natural Light
Media rooms are usually in open spaces with large windows. That keeps your guests from feeling crowded during your get-togethers. Unfortunately, those large windows also result in a harsh glare on your screen. The first step is to install your display in a way that direct sunlight does not hit it. We also recommend motorized shades that close as soon as you hit play to keep out any unwanted light.
Choosing the Wrong Speaker Layout
It can be difficult for people to figure out exactly what speakers to use to play music or add a little boost to their TV when watching shows or movies. We recommend in-ceiling and in-wall speakers that blend in with the rest of the space. Since they stay hidden, you can install more speakers for uniform, immersive audio without sacrificing your décor. Work with a professional that can design the ideal speaker layout that works for both surround sound and background music.
Are you underwhelmed with your current media room? If you’re tired of uneven sound or intrusive technology, reach out to one of our experts to learn more about our custom media room installations. You can call us at (203) 653-5025 or fill out our online contact form.