With a lot time spent at house, many people are binge-watching TV in alarming quantities — and that’s unlikely to alter anytime quickly.
To get essentially the most out of your time in entrance of the TV, you want greater than only a handful of streaming companies: You want a cushty room the place you wish to flop down for hours. Designing a TV room, nevertheless, isn’t like designing a kitchen or lavatory. There are few hard-and-fast guidelines.
Why? Whereas houses have accommodated actions like cooking, eating and sleeping for hundreds of years, watching TV continues to be comparatively new. It’s “solely been a design drawback for about 70 years,” stated Thomas Morbitzer, a accomplice at Ammor Architecture, in New York.
And through that point, the know-how has modified dramatically. The place 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 approach.
“The TV is a giant deal in most homes,” Mr. Morbitzer stated. “However what’s humorous is that everyone’s is completely completely different.”
Nonetheless, the architects and designers we spoke to supplied 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.
Place the TV
Plunking down a TV on a cupboard or mounting it on a wall sounds easy sufficient. However earlier than you do this, pay attention to the remainder of the room.
Typically, a TV competes with different parts for consideration. “There’s all the time that problem between the fireside, the tv and the view,” stated Grant Kirkpatrick, a accomplice at KAA Design, in Los Angeles. “Day-after-day, we’re coping with the place we are able to put the TV so it’s sensible however not the point of interest.”
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. Certain, it makes one wall the main target of the room, but it surely additionally requires viewers to search for once they’re seated, which might be uncomfortable. (And adorning the mantel is harder.)
So what’s the perfect peak for a TV? That “depends upon the space from the TV, the dimensions of the TV and the peak of the sofas,” Mr. Morbitzer stated. Usually, he stated, “we’re comfy placing TVs between 50 and 54 inches, on middle, from the ground.”
In a room with a hearth, a spectacular view or lovely artwork, you might have a number of focal factors. At one house in Manhattan Seashore, Calif., as an example, Mr. Kirkpatrick’s agency designed a room with an off-center fire and a low plinth beside it to carry a TV, with house for firewood storage under.
Different designers desire to mount the TV on a wall perpendicular to the fireside, so individuals can select to sit down dealing with the fireside or the TV.
Think about the TV Wall
When TVs had smaller screens and bigger enclosures, hiding them in armoires was a well-liked technique. Now that bigger screens are de rigueur, hiding a TV in a cupboard is harder. Nevertheless it’s not not possible.
Ammor Structure designed a SoHo loft with a retractable display screen and a hidden projector, removing the big-screen TV completely. Workshop/APD, a New York-based agency, generally hides the TV behind a big piece of artwork with a motorized mechanism that slides the paintings out of the way in which when it’s time to look at “The Queen’s Gambit.”
“We get into these discussions about methods to create an incredible house that’s pleasurable to sit down in, the place it doesn’t really feel such as you’re simply a black field the entire time,” stated Matthew Berman, a principal at Workshop/APD.
That doesn’t all the time require motors and sliding panels, Mr. Berman stated. Generally he positions the TV in a wall of built-in shelving, so it turns into only one component in a bigger expanse of books and ornamental objects. Or the shelving could be put in on both aspect of the TV for the same impact.
Masking the wall behind the TV with a darkish wallpaper or paint colour can obtain the identical factor, Mr. Morbitzer stated: “We regularly attempt to put the TV on a wall that has some colour depth to it, simply so it doesn’t appear 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 often good observe for a TV room,” stated Andrew Bowen, a accomplice at ASH NYC. “We give it some thought as a spot the place individuals actually simply wish to chill out, unwind, flip off the world exterior and concentrate on no matter leisure is in entrance of them.”
Which means, “initially, you really want ample comfy seating,” he stated. “On the whole, it’s good to have deeper seats” than you’d have in a standard front room, as a result of individuals typically desire to recline whereas watching TV, somewhat 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 could be preferable in a TV room, because it provides more room for spreading out.
Sectional sofas are well-liked in TV rooms for related causes: They foster an informal vibe and assist varied modes of seating, whereas permitting individuals to face completely different instructions in rooms with a number of focal factors.
“In the event 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 those who merely add an ottoman-like extension to a normal couch.
Or use two sofas to type an L, with a aspect 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 wish to create a rectangle,” she stated. Swivel chairs might be particularly useful with this sort of furnishings structure, as they’ll face the couch for dialog and rotate to face a TV or fire.
Handle the Wires
You’ll have a variety of elements working out and in of your TV — cable containers, streaming units, sound bars, online game methods. To maintain them and the wires that go along with them from trying cluttered, you’ll want a plan for the place to place the whole lot.
A low cupboard under the TV can conceal additional elements, and with holes drilled within the again, it could possibly present entry for wires. When you’ve got a number of cables working from the TV to the cupboard, tie them collectively utilizing Velcro straps or zip ties.
Higher but, take into consideration built-in cabinetry. Mr. Morbitzer stated his agency typically 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 may conceal elements and nonetheless function them with infrared distant controls.
In the event you’re renovating, think about including a recessed field with an outlet and all essential cable connections straight behind the TV, and join it to elements housed elsewhere.
“It’s all hidden behind the TV,” Mr. Berman stated. “All the wires run contained in the wall to wherever our distant location is. Generally it’s an AV rack in a closet, generally it’s in a basement, generally it’s simply in a chunk of furnishings.”
Management the Mild
It’s good to have the ability to management mild ranges in any room, however in a TV room it’s particularly essential.
First, research the pure mild within the room. If one wall is commonly drenched in daylight, attempt to put the TV some place else. “There are methods to orient a TV so you may get pleasure from it day and evening” with out glare, Mr. Kirkpatrick stated.
If the complete room is mostly vibrant and sunny, it could be price including blackout shades or heavy material that may be pulled over the home windows in the course of the day. For added flexibility, Mr. Morbitzer beneficial utilizing a number of fixtures on dimmers, so you may have a vibrant room once you’re not watching TV and a darker room when you’re.
You’ll want to embody ground or desk lamps beside some seats, he suggested, “so if any individual desires to learn a e-book whereas individuals are watching TV, they’ll do this discreetly, with out having to have the overhead mild on.”
Enhance Consolation With Equipment
“There’s a time and a spot 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 may sit at precisely the angle you need, within the place you need.”
Having a throw or a blanket draped over the couch can even add to the laid-back vibe and make it simple to get cozy on chilly nights.
As a result of the TV room must be an informal place, Mr. Bowen likes so as to add ground cushions or poufs as properly, for many who would possibly wish to unfold out on the rug.
And to maintain the room tidy, Ms. Pickens recommended including ornamental trays, containers and bowls. “I all the time attempt to discover a fairly field or bowl to placed on individuals’s espresso tables,” she stated, “to allow them to 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.