How to Choose Media Room Furniture
Get set for movies, music, gaming, and more when you furnish a space to accommodate popular home entertainment activities.
Today's multifunctional media rooms provide a spot for friends and family to gather and socialize while they snack, play video games, surf the Internet, use a tablet, listen to music, or watch a movie. If this sounds like your kind of space, keep these considerations in mind as you shop for furnishings.
Crowd pleasersKeeping your room's dimensions in mind, how many people would you like the space to accommodate? Select furnishings that suit the size of the room while providing everyone a seat. Unlike a theater room in which the seating faces the flat screen, a media room features stylish groupings for conversation. Position lightweight pieces (or swivel seating) to easily rotate for movie-watching, then back again for conversing and other activities.
A sectional sofa is one large piece you can pair with additional chairs. This long L- or U-shaped furnishing welcomes several people at a time, even offering such laid-back features as built-in recliners or a chaise.
Ottomans are another good seating option that require little space and can tuck out of the way beneath a console table, for example, until needed. Include a round dining table in your plans to seat several people for snacking, multiplayer laptop gaming, playing cards, or putting together puzzles.
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Comfort providersAs you shop, sit on the chairs and sofas to test comfort levels. Lean back, flip up the footrest on the lounger, and see how it all feels.
Look for seating pieces with conveniences and features that enhance your media room experience, such as built-in cup holders, USB ports, electrical outlets, LED lighting, and compartments for holding remotes and your tablet.
Crud bustersBecause your nicely furnished media room is likely to get lots of use—with beverages and snacks integral to gatherings—select fabrics and coverings with durability and easy cleaning in mind. Leather, faux leather, microfiber, and heavy-duty fabrics treated for outdoor use are all good choices.
See our tips on How to Choose Upholstered Seating.
Clutter keepersThink of all the gear you want to store in your media room—gaming consoles, controllers, and cartridges as well as laptops, tablets, cables, DVD and Blu Ray disks, and any other electronic activities you have in mind.
Then check out the plethora of freestanding and built-in cabinets, shelves, and consoles to keep everything organized and out of sight yet easily accessible. One caveat: Select storage that allows adequate ventilation for electronic components.
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