5 se­crets to build­ing the best me­dia room

Cecil Whig - - OURCECIL -

— There was a time when only a few could af­ford a large screen tele­vi­sion. The res­o­lu­tion was clunky, the sound poor and the cost high. But over the past decade, tech­nol­ogy has ad­vanced so re­mark­ably fast that to­day a 60-inch tele­vi­sion with un­be­liev­ably crisp res­o­lu­tion is within many peo­ple’s bud­get.

Add to this the fact that tick­ets for movie the­aters are more ex­pen­sive than ever, and it makes sense why more peo­ple are build­ing a home theater in their house. With some plan­ning and amaz­ing elec­tronic toys, it’s pos­si­ble to cre­ate a me­dia room that de­liv­ers theater-qual­ity sound and vi­su­als. And you can en­joy it in more com­fort­able seats and with­out ob­nox­ious strangers in­ter­rupt­ing the show.

But 4K tele­vi­sions, sur­round-sound speak­ers and bass can­nons are only part of the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence.

To com­pli­ment these elec­tron­ics fea­tures, you need the right set­ting to am­plify the ex­pe­ri­ence. This means tak­ing the time to de­sign a proper me­dia room that en­ables your equip­ment. These five in­dis­pens­able tips will help you do just that.


1. A great me­dia room be­gins with the right walls. In­cred­i­bly strong, Habito(TM) dry­wall is able to hold up to 30 pounds on a sin­gle screw. This dry­wall does away with wall mounts and the need to find a stud, al­low­ing you to mount your speak­ers, tele­vi­sion or screen ex­actly where you want them to go.

2. Paint wisely. While what color you choose for your room will be based off per­sonal pref­er­ence, aim for earthy, neu­tral col­ors that min­i­mize glare. To help draw the fo­cus of the room to­ward the screen, many paint the wall a bur­gundy or ma­roon.

3. Great sound is a re­sult of more than speak- ers. De­sign­ing your room with acous­tics in mind is key. Hard sur­faces cre­ate a sharp, echo­ing qual­ity to the sound. To avoid this, your me­dia room should be car­peted and in­stead of hard blinds, use sound damp­en­ing cur­tains to help en­hance the sound and keep out the sun. The den­sity of Habito dry­wall also con­trib­utes to re­duced sound trans­mis­sion be­tween rooms, help­ing to cre­ate sep­a­ra­tion be­tween your me­dia room and the liv­ing area of the home.

4. Think about speak­ers, walls and stor­age. Though most peo­ple’s at­ten­tion will be drawn to the wall with the tele­vi­sion on it, the sur­round­ing walls are equally im­por­tant. Here is where you mount speak­ers for the 360-de­gree sound ef­fect, sconce light­ing and float­ing shelves for de­sign and stor­age. To prop­erly achieve this, you need a durable wall, such as Habito dry­wall, that can both hold the needed weight and is strong enough to make it easy to re­design and re­mount fix­tures as needed.

5. Cre­ate light­ing to ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of moods. A me­dia room is meant to be used in a num­ber of ways. Even when you’re watch­ing a movie, you’ll prob­a­bly turn the lights up then down be­fore it’s over. For this rea­son, be sure to in­stall dimmable lights that can eas­ily be con­trolled. This way, you can keep it dark for the dra­matic scenes, and when the pizza ar­rives, have just enough light to see your food but not de­tract from the pic­ture qual­ity.

It’s easy to only fo­cus on the big “toys” when build­ing a me­dia room. But the se­cret to a truly great home-theater ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins in the con­struc­tion phase, well be­fore any­thing is plugged in. To learn more about Habito dry­wall, visit Hang­inWithHabito. com.

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