Have you ever considered constructing a basement media room?
The very many practicalities of your basement space, if you’re lucky enough to have one, are interesting to consider. This is because from household to household, every property owner will hold a different idea for what this space should be utilized for. For some, it’s a great place to store their wine collection. For others a spare bedroom for guests may be appropriate.
Or, perhaps your basement has, until now, been a simple storage area or utility room where you keep your washing machine and dryer, and not much else. There are no ‘right answers’ here provided you care for the space appropriately, of course, and make sure it’s preserved. For instance, having the crawlspaces cleaned, ensuring the right insulation and structural supports are all essential tasks to manage here.
Another excellent idea is to make this space into something of a media room. A place where you can consume your favorite television shows, movies, games, or perhaps read books in the most comfortable conditions, away from the bedrooms where speakers could disturb someone’s sleep. Let’s consider how to prime the space for such as a basement media room:
Drywall & Wall Protections
It’s essential to make sure the proper structure of the media room is installed before we begin to add our cool devices. Ensuring that the foundations, insulation, and basement drywall is properly applied is crucial. Reinforce the ceiling so that footsteps are less distracting from above. And that the internal structure of the basement is secured from all angles.
You may also wish to consider professional soundproofing while you’re at it. This may provide further utility such as having a place for your child to learn how to play the drums, something you’ve been dreading and perhaps understandably so.
Ventilation & Airflow
It’s essential to make sure basements have the right access to ventilation and the correct airflow. Ventilation brings, window outlets and also ventilation tunnels can make a big difference here. This applies to air conditioning units tied to ventilation so that the airflow runs capably throughout the space.
This means, ironically, that spending all day in the basement shouldn’t preclude you from access to fresh air. Of course, going outside is still recommended, no matter how good that Netflix show is.
It’s a good idea to calibrate the room properly so it works well with the features you have for it. Measuring the dimensions of the media room is a good place to start. From there, you can plan where certain elements will go. These include your surround sound speaker system (will you mount certain speakers on the wall or let them stand free?). And how will you store your physical media.
It might be that bookshelves lining the walls are a good idea. Wall mounting the television and making certain the angles are right for the sofas you place in the middle of the room.
On top of that, what indulgences will you opt for? A mini fridge with a case of soda within it? Might you install a pinball machine at one side of the room? If you keep fire safety and navigability in constant mind, this will help you have fun with the decoration part. But be sure to consider where power sockets and further provisions are installed, too.