With a lot time spent at residence, many people are binge-watching TV in alarming quantities — and that’s unlikely to vary anytime quickly.
To get probably the most out of your time in entrance of the TV, you want greater than only a handful of streaming providers: You want a cushty room the place you need to flop down for hours. Designing a TV room, nevertheless, isn’t like designing a kitchen or rest room. There are few hard-and-fast guidelines.
Why? While houses have accommodated actions like cooking, eating and sleeping for hundreds of years, watching TV remains to be comparatively new. It’s “only been a design problem for about 70 years,” stated Thomas Morbitzer, a accomplice at Ammor Architecture, in New York.
And throughout that point, the expertise has modified dramatically. Where boxy TVs as soon as crammed up space-hogging cupboards, now some flat-panel screens are as slender as image frames and mounted a lot the identical method.
“The TV is a big deal in most houses,” Mr. Morbitzer stated. “But what’s funny is that everybody’s is totally different.”
Still, the architects and designers we spoke to provided loads of concepts for creating inviting areas for watching TV, whether or not your display screen is in a devoted media room or a nook of the lounge.
Position the TV
Plunking down a TV on a cupboard or mounting it on a wall sounds easy sufficient. But earlier than you try this, pay attention to the remainder of the room.
Often, a TV competes with different components for consideration. “There’s always that challenge between the fireplace, the television and the view,” stated Grant Kirkpatrick, a accomplice at KAA Design, in Los Angeles. “Every day, we’re dealing with where we can put the TV so it’s practical but not the focal point.”
In a room with a hearth, the TV is commonly mounted excessive above the mantel, however that isn’t all the time your best option, Mr. Kirkpatrick stated. Sure, it makes one wall the main target of the room, but it surely additionally requires viewers to lookup after they’re seated, which might be uncomfortable. (And adorning the mantel is tougher.)
So what’s the perfect top for a TV? That “depends on the distance from the TV, the size of the TV and the height of the sofas,” Mr. Morbitzer stated. Generally, he stated, “we’re comfortable putting TVs between 50 and 54 inches, on center, from the floor.”
In a room with a hearth, a spectacular view or stunning artwork, you’ll have a number of focal factors. At one residence in Manhattan Beach, Calif., for example, Mr. Kirkpatrick’s agency designed a room with an off-center hearth and a low plinth beside it to carry a TV, with area for firewood storage beneath.
Other designers desire to mount the TV on a wall perpendicular to the fireside, so individuals can select to take a seat dealing with the fireside or the TV.
Consider the TV Wall
When TVs had smaller screens and bigger enclosures, hiding them in armoires was a preferred technique. Now that bigger screens are de rigueur, hiding a TV in a cupboard is tougher. But it’s not inconceivable.
Ammor Architecture designed a SoHo loft with a retractable display screen and a hidden projector, disposing of the big-screen TV totally. Workshop/APD, a New York-based agency, generally hides the TV behind a big piece of artwork with a motorized mechanism that slides the art work out of the best way when it’s time to observe “The Queen’s Gambit.”
“We get into these discussions about how to create an amazing space that’s enjoyable to sit in, where it doesn’t feel like you’re just looking at a black box the whole time,” stated Matthew Berman, a principal at Workshop/APD.
That doesn’t all the time require motors and sliding panels, Mr. Berman stated. Sometimes he positions the TV in a wall of built-in shelving, so it turns into only one aspect in a bigger expanse of books and ornamental objects. Or the shelving is perhaps put in on both facet of the TV for the same impact.
Covering the wall behind the TV with a darkish wallpaper or paint shade can obtain the identical factor, Mr. Morbitzer stated: “We often try to put the TV on a wall that has some color depth to it, just so it doesn’t look like such a sticker on the wall.”
Plan the Seating
Furnishing a TV room isn’t like furnishing a proper front room. “Eschewing formality is typically good practice for a TV room,” stated Andrew Bowen, a accomplice at ASH NYC. “We think about it as a place where people really just want to relax, unwind, turn off the world outside and focus on whatever entertainment is in front of them.”
That means, “first and foremost, you really need ample comfortable seating,” he stated. “In general, it’s good to have deeper seats” than you’d have in a traditional front room, as a result of individuals usually desire to recline whereas watching TV, slightly than sitting up with excellent posture.
Many sofas have a depth of 36 or 37 inches, however one with a depth of 40 or 41 inches is perhaps preferable in a TV room, because it provides extra space for spreading out.
Sectional sofas are in style in TV rooms for comparable causes: They foster an informal vibe and assist numerous modes of seating, whereas permitting individuals to face completely different instructions in rooms with a number of focal factors.
“If you can, do an L-shaped sectional,” stated Joyce Downing Pickens, the founding father of Los Angeles-based JDP Interiors. She prefers sectionals with again assist alongside two sides over people who merely add an ottoman-like extension to a typical couch.
Or use two sofas to type an L, with a facet desk within the nook the place they meet, as Ms. Pickens did in a house within the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. Then full the seating association by including a chair or two reverse the couch.
“You want to create a rectangle,” she stated. Swivel chairs might be particularly useful with any such furnishings format, as they will face the couch for dialog and rotate to face a TV or hearth.
Manage the Wires
You could have a variety of parts working out and in of your TV — cable packing containers, streaming gadgets, sound bars, online game programs. To maintain them and the wires that go along with them from wanting cluttered, you’ll want a plan for the place to place all the pieces.
A low cupboard beneath the TV can conceal additional parts, and with holes drilled within the again, it may present entry for wires. If you could have a number of cables working from the TV to the cupboard, tie them collectively utilizing Velcro straps or zip ties.
Better but, take into consideration built-in cabinetry. Mr. Morbitzer stated his agency usually mounts the TV on a panel that sits barely out from the wall, so cords might be hid behind it. If the underside cupboards have doorways manufactured from a semitransparent materials like steel mesh or woven cane, you possibly can conceal parts and nonetheless function them with infrared distant controls.
If you’re renovating, take into account including a recessed field with an outlet and all needed cable connections immediately behind the TV, and join it to parts housed elsewhere.
“It’s all hidden behind the TV,” Mr. Berman stated. “All of the wires run inside the wall to wherever our remote location is. Sometimes it’s an AV rack in a closet, sometimes it’s in a basement, sometimes it’s just in a piece of furniture.”
Control the Light
It’s good to have the ability to management mild ranges in any room, however in a TV room it’s particularly vital.
First, research the pure mild within the room. If one wall is commonly drenched in daylight, attempt to put the TV elsewhere. “There are ways to orient a TV so you can enjoy it day and night” with out glare, Mr. Kirkpatrick stated.
If your complete room is usually vivid and sunny, it is perhaps value including blackout shades or heavy material that may be pulled over the home windows throughout the day. For extra flexibility, Mr. Morbitzer really useful utilizing a number of fixtures on dimmers, so you possibly can have a vivid room whenever you’re not watching TV and a darker room when you’re.
Be certain to incorporate ground or desk lamps beside some seats, he suggested, “so if somebody wants to read a book while people are watching TV, they can do that discreetly, without having to have the overhead light on.”
Boost Comfort With Accessories
“There’s a time and a place for ample throw pillows,” Mr. Bowen stated. “And the media room or TV room is it.”
Throw pillows enable individuals to customise their consolation, particularly with a deep couch. By piling up pillows or stuffing them behind you, he stated, “you can sit at exactly the angle you want, in the position you want.”
Having a throw or a blanket draped over the couch can even add to the laid-back vibe and make it straightforward to get cozy on chilly nights.
Because the TV room ought to be an informal place, Mr. Bowen likes so as to add ground cushions or poufs as effectively, for many who may need to unfold out on the rug.
And to maintain the room tidy, Ms. Pickens recommended including ornamental trays, packing containers and bowls. “I always try to find a pretty box or bowl to put on people’s coffee tables,” she stated, “so they can put their remotes inside that.”
A container additionally provides safety from the scourge of any TV room: the couch with cushions so deep they swallow the controls.