Every room in your house has taken some thought. You want to plan out the kitchen perfectly, choose a nice bedspread for the bedroom, put up family pictures to give it a “homey” feel and plan out the living room.
For most people, the living room is the ideal location for the TV and entertainment area. While it may be easy to consider just putting the TV on a stand and calling it a day, you should put plenty of thought and effort into the room layout and any other features.
Below is a list of how you should go about planning your perfect entertainment area.
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Don’t Go Too Big
While it might be tempting to get the best and biggest TV out there, you’ll want to consider the size of your room first. The worst thing would be to feel like you’re in the front row of a movie theater, having to crane your neck and constantly be looking left to right to make sure you see everything.
There is a problem of having a TV that is too big for the room. You can use the following formula to determine your ideal TV size:
Viewing distance (inches)/2=Recommended TV size.
It’s not the world’s most perfect formula, but it helps get the job done. So, if you are 100 inches from your TV, your recommended TV size is no bigger than 50 inches. Others recommend seven inches of distance for every inch on your TV. Do your research first and make sure you’ll be comfortable.
The Sights and Sounds
When looking at your living room, you’ll want to be situated where you don’t have a ton of light hitting you on the face or glaring off the TV screen.
Invest in good curtains to keep the light out, temperature low and the sounds out as well. Thick curtain absorb a lot of background noise so passing cars, screaming children or construction work won’t overwhelm your sound.
You’ll also want to consider the best angle for your TV as well. The TV should be parallel to your eyes and not titled more than 15 degrees up or down.
If you don’t have the right angle, the picture may look distorted or off and you’ll be trying to guess what you just saw.
Speaker placement is also an important factor that is often overlooked. Many surround sound systems come with recommendations on where is best to set up your speakers, and it’s wise to follow them. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have space in order to set up everything perfectly and to plan.
Find the Right Content
With so many different streaming services and devices out there, it may be hard to choose. Streaming devices do offer a number of advantages, like having all of your services in one place and allowing greater flexibility.
Troypoint has some great ideas on what you can do with your Amazon Firestick beyond the basic installation. You can install a VPN on it or jailbreak it, giving you access to different shows, live TV, sports, pay-per-view events and much more. Not only that, but the Firestick is quite easy to install and set up. You’ll just need to connect it to your home WiFi and voila! You’re good and ready to go.
You might be spending a bunch of money on your TV and other accessories, but don’t break the bank on getting all your favorite content.
Wireless or Not?
While you may be only accustomed to using a wireless remote, Bluetooth wireless speakers are becoming more and more popular with many users.
Whether or not you use them is up to you, as you’ll have to be paying a bit extra. If you are going to use the classic wired system, make sure you have a plan to set everything up. You’ll want to put the wires in a place where they’re not easily seen as they can detract from the rest of your beautiful setup.
See if you can run the wires along the floorboards or if you have anything else to cover them. You’ll want to be especially careful in case you have pets or any small children running around as wandering hands or claws can wreck any system quickly.