Thinking of revamping your living room to provide family entertainment? In this guide, we’ll explore what ways you can set up the lounge to meet the whole family’s entertainment needs. Let’s dive in!
Setting Your Lounge Up for Family Entertainment
1. Get the Seating Right
Before delving into the right technological setup, it’s important to get the right seating set up so you and the whole family can enjoy your revitalized entertainment space.
Whatever type of seating you prefer, you’ll want to balance using space efficiently with meeting your preferences. Try to find a seating setup that makes it easy for everyone to enjoy the entertainment in the space effectively without using more space than needed.
Examples of possible seating for a family entertainment lounge include:
- Large corner sofa
- Compact 2-seater
You’re presumably going to orient the seating effectively toward the TV which will likely be the focal point of the lounge entertainment space.
The best seating layouts will ultimately depend on the type/size/shape of the room. For instance, your lounge room may best justify a symmetrical layout, floating layout, L-shaped layout, or otherwise.
2. The Correct TV Setup
When you think of home entertainment, a large flat-screen TV likely comes to mind. But how exactly can you ensure the correct TV setup?
If possible, you’ll want to ensure your TV isn’t impacted by sunlight or any sort of glare (whether from natural or artificial lighting). Also, it’s best to place your TV such that it’s unlikely people will walk across it when you’re watching!
It goes without saying that you want to position your TV directly opposite the seating for the optimal viewing experience.
As for choosing the right TV, it depends on exactly what you’re going for. Are you looking for a home theatre or just a 4K flatscreen to provide a great home entertainment experience? Whatever the case, be sure to find the ideal TV for your home that fits within your budget but meets expectations all the same.
Of course, you’ll also want to take additional considerations on board such as whether to have a streaming service account to go with an internet-enabled TV (e.g., Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.) and aerial installation costs.
3. Making a Home Theatre
If you want to create a home theatre, this section is for you. So, what exactly do you need to create a home cinema?
If you want to go old school, you could even use a projector to create a true cinematic lounge experience. That said, you may prefer to stick with a high-quality flat-screen TV. Either way, surround sound can make a huge difference in setting up your lounge for family entertainment. A high-quality soundbar can also play a role in bringing your dream home theatre to life.
3D TV seems to come and go in popularity but if it’s your cup of tea, you might want to consider a 3D-compatible TV and before you know it you and the family can enjoy movies like Avatar 2: The Way of Water as a truly immersive experience.
4. Finessing the Perfect Family Entertainment Lounge
The actual technology needed to create an entertainment lounge is key to ensuring the ideal family entertainment space is brought to fruition. However, to make the space perfect, there’s more to it than the tech itself.
You’ll also want to consider the aesthetics and feel of the space. For example, if you have old-ish wallpaper, it probably won’t fit well in a 2020s entertainment lounge. Ultimately, you’ll want to look at your lounge as it currently is and think of ways to make it better suited to the entertainment living room you have in mind.
If in doubt, it’s best to hire a professional designer or decorator to help finalize your vision and make sure everything goes together well.
Some ideas you may want to consider include:
- Blending your TV into the background
- Bespoke cabinetry setup around your TV
- Paint the room in one colour with the TV built-in to a cabinet
- Hang a TV on a blank wall
Beyond that, you’ll want to consider any final additions that may be needed for practical or safety reasons. For example, if you have young kids, be sure to childproof furniture (e.g., softening the edges of coffee tables).
Again, if unsure how to design your family entertainment lounge right, you can always hire a professional designer or decorator. When hiring a professional, you should get quotes from three individuals before choosing the right one for you. Be sure to consider their pricing, previous experience and any online reviews/ratings they have, as well as simply how long you get on with them.
Have you revamped your living room lately?
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