I'm moving my family to a new state and purchasing a new home. Our old house had a large basement that I dreamed of building a dedicated theater in, but the time/money/motivation never materialized. The new house doesn't have a basement, so I'll have to make due with a den that my wife has graciously given me permission to dedicate as a media room. It's a bit on the small side, but I'm excited to make it work.
Here's what the space looks like (the seller is using it as an office):
Here is how I plan to lay out the room:
We don't close until the end of September, so in the meantime I've been thinking about my plans for the space.
Philosophy of Use
- 80% movies and TV
- 15% video games (console and PC)
- 5% music listening
- TV: Samsung FPT5084 (50" 1080p Plasma). Will probably upgrade to a bigger screen eventually.
- Receiver: Denon AVR 2313CI
- Fronts: Infinity Beta 50
- Center: Infinity Beta 360
- Sides/Rears: Infinity Beta 20
- Sub: Epik Caliber (Might use my old Acoustic Research 12" sub as a 2nd sub if there's room for it)
- Xbox 360
- Sony Blu-Ray Player BDP-S590
- Custom gaming PC
- Seating: Will need to purchase some seating, probably 3-seat home theater style recliner setup.
- Storage: I've got an old Ikea entertainment console that should suffice for now.
- Paint: Probably going to go with a gray or a "greige" scheme.
- Floor: I'm sure my wife will be excited to shop for a rug or carpet remnant for me.
- Walls: I'm planning to do some DIY acoustic treatments to hang on the walls.
- Size: The room is small at 10'4"x11'4". It might be a challenge to fit everything.
- Open to the house: There is a large opening to the rest of the house which may make it difficult to get good bass response.
- Light: The large opening and big window in the room will make light control a challenge. Not a huge concern but something to think about.
- Wall-mounting speakers: My surround speakers are pretty massive at 20 lbs each and I think it's going to be a challenge to mount them, but I will have to wall mount at least some of them due to the entry opening and window placement.
- Network wiring: A few rooms in the house were wired with CAT5, but I don't think this was one of them. I want to have wired connections for all of my devices.
I think that covers it. I'll try to keep this thread updated as things progress. I'd love to hear thoughts and suggestions, especially regarding the challenges listed above.