Your home theater is often the centerpiece of your living space, where you gather with friends and family, or just relax after a hard day’s work. “It’s more than a collection of audio video components,” says Dave Adams of BDI home furnishings, “it’s the entertainment hub of your home.”
When your entertainment center is neat and organized, your living space feels more pleasant and comfortable. Likewise, if your system is cluttered and tangled, it can make the whole room seem chaotic. “One thing we hear a lot from consumers is that they don’t want to weave through a web of wires to reach their components,” says Adams.
“Setting up a home theater isn’t always easy,” he says. “But the right design can definitely make things simpler.” According to the design experts at BDI, here are 7 keys to keep in mind when setting up your home theater:
- Adjustability. Your home theater needs to be able to adapt to your changing needs. Adjustable shelves are a must, allowing you to reconfigure your system to incorporate new devices and changing components. Removable panels can enable you to make room for larger devices.
- Accessibility. Home theater furniture should be wheel-mounted for easy movement, and offer rear access for easy set up and maintenance.
- Organization. Consider how much storage space you might need, for movies, games and other media. Also look for furniture that includes wire management features, to help keep your cords neatly organized and out of sight.
- Durability. When designing your entertainment center, choose furniture that is sturdy and built to last. Receivers and multi-disc changers can weigh as much as 40 pounds, and many TVs weigh more than 100 pounds. All that weight can really add up! Be sure your system has adequate structural support, and only uses tempered glass.
- Ventilation. A home theater not only needs to look cool, it needs to stay cool. Your system should be designed with airflow in mind, so that your devices do not overheat. Avoid stacking components that generate a lot of heat, such as DVRs and gaming consoles.
- Space. When selecting home theater furnishings, consider the layout of the room. Will your system go in a corner, or along a wall? Also consider all the components that you wish to incorporate (TV, stereo, DVD or Blu-ray, cable or satellite receiver, game consoles, media storage, etc). Choose a system that has more than enough space, so that you have room to grow and add new devices.
- Simplicity. When choosing your components and devices, consider how easy they are to connect and use. Modern soundbar speakers, like the sleekly designed Bose Solo TV system, offer excellent sound quality with minimal set up. Consolidating multiple media components into one versatile device can save you time, money, and precious shelf space.
With a little planning and attention to detail, you can design a home theater that is flexible, functional, and stylish – one that will last you for years to come.
Dave Adams is the Marketing Manager for BDI home furnishings.