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5 Ways to Elevate Your Media Room for Your Staycation

by Bill Welles

You might say the heart of your home is the kitchen, maybe even the bedroom, but we say the media room is the lifeblood of any house. If you’re an avid TV binger or you like to sit back and relax with a good book, the media room is where you hang out, unwind, and feel most at home. If you’re planning on continuing your staycation throughout the summer months, it’s worth elevating your media room layout to feel especially stylish and comfortable.

1. Ample Seating

When it comes to your favorite room in the house, there’s nothing like an open space that feels airy and cozy at the same time. If you’re elevating your media room, adding plenty of plush elements like throw blankets, area rugs, and down pillows is a great way to achieve this look. Plush elements invite guests to sit down and relax. It makes them feel the comfort they might experience at home. This is a media room after all so if you’re watching movie marathons, you’re going to need a comfy place to sit.  

If you frequently host a lot of guests or have a large family, consider bringing more seating into your space with a corner chaise. It helps fill out the room and adds a nice accessory piece to the rest of your furniture. Once you have that, you’ll be ready to sit back and book a long visit for your next staycation.  

2. Create a Home Theater

If we’re talking media room layout ideas, then we better be talking about a home theater setup. Grab your popcorn, soda, and favorite candy, because this staycation is never going to end!  

TV is the focal point of any media room. You want a crisp sound, clear picture quality, and the largest screen possible. Paint your walls a dark color to resemble the ambiance of an actual movie theater and install extra-large flat-screen TVs. If you prefer to keep your walls blank, a projector is a fine substitute. Bring in chairs that feel just like the plush movie theater seats and you’ll feel the nostalgia immediately. If you need a place to store all your movies, records, and entertainment supplies, built-in storage cabinets help fill out the rest of your theater space. It’s all the fun of going to the movies, thankfully without the sticky floors.  

3. Make it Musical

We covered TV and movies, but what if you want to jam out to your favorite tunes? If you want your media room to emphasize music instead, we’re here to turn up the volume to 11. Keep all your favorite records in a storage box or magazine rack to put out on display and upgrade your old-school record player with modern-day speakers. 

If you need a little more musical flair, try framing concert posters or band shirts and lean your instruments against the wall for makeshift decor. If you have old, broken equipment you no longer play, transform them into alternate furniture pieces like floor lamps and bedside tables.  

4. Keep it Cozy

If you’re trying to elevate your staycation space, incorporate the coziest media room layout ideas. This doesn’t have to mean your room is filled with blankets and bean bag chairs, a cozy space can be as simple as having an organized space. Keeping things clean can come in the form of built-in shelving to keep electronic devices tucked away when not in use, or it can be a stylish and vintage rolling ladder to help store and maintain all your favorite literature in your luxe library space. An upholstered couch or ottoman can be transformed into a multi-functional piece of furniture and double as a coffee table to maintain a clean and cozy aura.  

If that still isn’t enough to keep you at home for your staycation, try adding a window nook for curling up with a good book and enjoying long naps in the sun. It doesn’t get much cozier than a warm afternoon snooze.  

5. Does Everything Fit?

The most important aspect of any media room layout idea is whether or not everything in your space properly fits. It’s not enough to have cool gadgets and furniture for your media room; there has to be a cohesive element to bring everything together. Media rooms don’t always need to be playful--if you want a more defined and sleek design that blends with the rest of your home, stick with similar features and color palettes. You can keep the same style and add to it as you go. 

Introduce some furniture or storage pieces to make sure the room matches and is plenty comfortable. A simple shelving unit helps keep things organized and keeps your room looking modern. A real hot design trend right now is brushed concrete floors and ceilings--they introduce a sharp industrial look while maintaining a charming balance. If you prefer simplistic furniture to match the layout of your media room, try a retro rocking chair to help balance all these different design elements and provide a comfy place to read and knit. You can’t help but think of good memories every time you sit back in a rocking chair.

There you have it--media room layout ideas to ensure your next staycation is the best one yet. If you need new furniture or design inspiration, give us a call or stop by our store to shop our entire collection of furniture and home design accessories. We’re always happy to help.