A Family Room for the 21st Century
The needs of a family room have greatly changed over the past few years.
Technological advancements have made designing this room a little more challenging, in a good way.
Televisions are bigger, better and flatter than ever before. There are multiple options for accessing television and web content that need to be considered. Plus, members of the family often have their own devices that they’ll want to watch, even while sitting in one room together.
Given that, here are five ways we can create a versatile space to suit your family’s changing technological needs.
1. Decide what is going to be the focus of your room. For many, this is the home entertainment center. Be sure to consider the relationship of the size of your room to your preferred television size. A too-small TV in a large room will be difficult to see, but a too-large one can make the room feel too small (and also be uncomfortable to watch). Mounting your television on the wall can help open space up in your room.
Consider where you’ll want to place your television speakers in the room, so wiring can be done during the remodeling. This way you can create a surround-sound experience while eliminating unsightly cords.
2. Sometimes everyone will want to enjoy the same program or movie on television, but often individuals will want to do their own thing, such as reading, working on a laptop, or listening to music. We can remodel your room keeping in mind the “zones” you’ll need. For example: a conversation zone, a craft or game zone, and a media zone. There will probably be a place in the room for your largest piece of furniture, the sofa, but having other seating, such as club chairs, allows you to adjust how the room is configured quickly and easily.
Ottomans and large pillows can also add seating to give you exactly the set-up you need at any given moment.
3. Bluetooth technology can really help meet the varied entertainment needs for your family. Using Bluetooth headphones means that one person watching TV won’t disturb others in the same room. You can also use Bluetooth to stream content wirelessly from your computer, smartphone, or tablet to your television to share with everyone in the room.
Combining Bluetooth headphones with Bluetooth speakers means you can easily switch from solo-viewing to a home theater experience for the whole family.
4. Consider what you’ll need to store in your family room when we design your space. Built-in cabinets look beautiful and are a great functional storage space. Allow room for special shelving for your DVD or Blu-Ray collection.
A custom-built entertainment center for your cable box, Blu-Ray player, and other devices will help keep them easily accessible, but out of the family’s way.
5. Don’t forget that all these devices need to be plugged in, or at least charged occasionally. When remodeling your family room, we can make sure to include plenty of outlets around the room, so it’s always convenient for family members to sit comfortably while using their personal devices.