4 easy steps to build your home entertainment area

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Home entertainment area – Like many others across the globe, you may have been among those who were forced to spend more time at home since the pandemic. While being able to stay home all day enables you to have a greater appreciation for family, there would be times when you would start looking for variety and other ways to pass the time.

This is why many home-based activities have cropped up for the last two years as people picked up new skills such as cooking and baking, or chose to resume an old hobby like drawing or painting. Others opted to enrol in courses that would help advance their careers.

However, it may be good idea to consider a long-term solution since this is your home and you will be staying there for a considerable amount of time, much longer than the pandemic would last. Aside from the obvious benefits of having somewhere to relax around the house, having your own entertainment room at home could actually save you money over time.

Instead of having to go out and spend extra on arcades and entertainment centers, you and your family members can just stay at home and play games together. This also promotes more family time, which helps develop tighter bonds between family members.

You can also use your entertainment room to receive guests, host parties, and hold mini celebrations without having to waste money for temporary party decorations. Just spruce up the space a little more, and you’re ready to go. An entertainment room can also increase your property’s value as this is considered as a valuable asset by home buyers.

Your entertainment room does not have to take up a huge chunk of your budget all at once. You can start slowly and add a few choice pieces as you go along. Here are a few quick tips to get you started:

1. Map out the details of your home entertainment area

Even though you may not be planning to complete your entertainment room all in one go, you still need to envision how you want the finished room to look like before you even get started. This is to make sure that you allocate a space that is big enough for all the things that you would want to put inside the room.

Discuss it as a family and take note of the preferences of each member. To make it a room where the family can bond together, there has to be something there that caters to each member’s taste and interest. Note that this is going to be long-term arrangement, so you should allot a space in the house that is not likely to be needed anytime soon.

2. Set your priorities for your home entertainment area

Once you have determined what your ideal entertainment room should look like, check your finances and determine how much budget you can set aside now to get your plans started. Remember that your entertainment room should match your own style, it can be as simple or as lavish as you want it to be, but you shouldn’t have to break the bank in the process.

After getting a fair idea of how much you could spend, have a family discussion on what furnishings, gadgets, and accessories you should first invest in. You should start with items that most of the family members can use, especially if it will take a while before you would be adding more.

3. Start with the basics

Aside from the family’s personal preferences, you can also add a few items that are easy to play or share with guests. These are small additions that can be easily squeezed in the budget like board games, a mini library, or a dart board. If you have extra budget to spare, you may want to consider adding a mini bar with your own custom bar and counter stools where your guests can stay when they come to visit.

This is also a spot where the family can just gather and chill during weekends. Just make sure to get the right sizes so the space won’t look either too cramped or too small for the room. You can match the colours with the overall aesthetic of the room for a more solid look.

4. Decorate and accessorize

Since the room is meant to be a haven for the family, give it a fun and relaxing vibe by adding decorations that create this effect such as an illuminated signage. You can also put up entertainment-related wall displays like movie posters or old discs.

If you plan to install a home theatre or a heavy-duty sound system, don’t forget to sound-proof the room in order to keep the noise at a minimum. Consider adding noise-absorbing materials like carpet, acoustic paneling, and heavy curtains to block off sounds from the room.

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