Amp up the experience in your home entertainment room
By Lou Carlozo | STM Custom Studios May 16, 2014 3:02PM
Updated: May 28, 2014 4:52PM
Are you dreaming of a new home entertainment center? If so, you're not alone. Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies forecasts double-digit gains in home improvement spending for 2014 - $144.7 billion, up from $127 billion the same period in 2013. Fortunately, it's a much shorter leap for savvy consumers to get the right entertainment set-up.
Here are three tips to get you on your way to home entertainment bliss. Remember that finding the right items should involve patience and a little bit of homework, with eyes - and ears - peeled for what will work best in your particular space.
Consider the acoustics
You'd never think of buying a new car without taking it for a test drive. Alas, the one danger with buying any sort of home hi-fi equipment lies not so much in buying it online as buying it online without hearing it first. The good news is that once you hear the right system for you, all the razzmatazz surrounding wattage numbers and specs tends to fly out the window. But don't forget to consider the acoustics in the furniture, carpeting, and entertainment consoles you buy as well.
Make a list of questions
Employment in the furniture industry is on the rise; it was projected to hit 450,000 in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means the best furniture stores should have plenty of knowledgeable staff members on hand to help qualify your needs and find furniture that fits. Be sure to ask about the furniture that belongs in your room: everything from its acoustical qualities to the stain resistance required for families with kids.
Prioritize your entertainment needs
Home theater and stereo systems have varying needs and can be enjoyed in different ways. In home theaters, it is wise to consider not only purchasing multiple speakers for a dimensional effect but also investing in raised seating arrangements or reclining chairs. Recreation rooms primarily built for listening to music may benefit from less pronounced furniture that leaves room for board games, ping pong or dancing.
To learn more about the best home entertainment upgrades for your needs, visit the expert staff at Wright's Furniture Warehouse or call 708-597-4741.