Perhaps one of the best ways to spend a weekend is to watch a couple of blockbusters in the comfort of your home. If you have the right equipment, it may even top going to the cinema. With quality technology and electronic equipment becoming more affordable, you can now easily convert a spare room in your house into a comfortable home entertainment area. It’s a cost-effective way to entertain family and friends without having to leave the house.
Your home is the one place where you can relax and unwind, why not invest in it? Today, you can create a state-of-the-art media room without breaking the bank. However, it’s not always an easy task – where to start? Here are a few tips you can follow to set up the ultimate home entertainment room in your home:
Invest in a bigger screen
Nothing beats watching a new blockbuster or your favourite music video on a big screen. If you have the budget to invest in a projector, it’s a great option for an entertainment room. If you don’t have space or the budget, simply buying a big-screen television can do wonders for your new entertainment wonderland. What is the ideal size? Anything above 42 inches will give you an excellent experience. Add a few couches and poofs and you’ve nailed the mini cinema.
Once you have your home cinema ready, you can begin to set up your viewing options. DVDs are a thing of the past and it is now much easier to watch your favourite movies and series online. If you have a strong WiFi connection, you can simply plug in any smart device into your TV with an HDMI cable and stream sites like Netflix and Showmax.
Get surround sound
If you’re serious about the cinema experience, it is worth investing in a surround sound system. A surround sound system was designed to offer the viewer or listener a 360-degree sound experience.
The way you set up this system is important, as you have to arrange the speakers according to its sound for the best experience. Follow the manual’s step-by-step guide carefully!
These systems are no longer as expensive as it used to be around 10 years ago. An average system now costs between R1500 and R2000. However, it is still important to buy a quality brand. Quality surround sound system brands include Samsung, Sony and LG.
Make your space fun
Having a new entertainment room doesn’t mean that everyone should be watching TV 24/7. if you want to make your entertainment room fun, spice things up! A great option is a gaming console. These can be a bit expensive, so it is worth looking for one at a second-hand store. You can also pick up popular games at these stores for a quarter of the price you’ll pay at gaming stores.
Make your space comfortable
A home entertainment room doesn’t mean much if you don’t have your friends over often to enjoy it! Add a sleepers couch or two in this room for them to crash on. If you have kids in the house, you can be sure that these will be used often!
Add food and drinks to the mix
What is an entertainment room without snacks and drinks? Often, when we’re busy watching a good series or playing an exciting game, we don’t want to get up to make lunch or dinner and we end up ordering a takeaway – so unhealthy! A mini bar is a great solution to having a few healthy treats and cold drinks ready. These tiny fridges can also be picked up at second-hand store for a fraction of the price you’ll pay in chain stores.
Sitting in front of the TV all day is not ideal. Invest in a few board games to change things up. Board games, such as Monopoly, Cluedo and 30 Seconds, are great options to keep everyone busy when it’s time to give those eyes a rest.
Setting up a home entertainment room can be an exciting addition to your home. However, if you have to buy new furniture, technology or electronic appliances, it can get expensive. A great solution to expensive items is to browse second-hand stores or to find specials from popular retailers online. For example, if you browse Kimbino, you’ll find plenty of promotional catalogues from the top electronics stores, such as Makro and Game. Here, you can get your hands on the best quality products at heavily discounted prices.
Creating a new entertainment area in your home requires careful planning. Luckily, with the right ideas, you can set up a wonderfully comfortable room that suits your pocket too.