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Old 08-19-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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It is closed on 3.5 sides and open for about half the side of the room. Can this be used as a media room as well as a small game room?
This is what i have. It's more of a game room and 55" TV room with great audio. I have another gaming setup in one of the rooms. I do switch to headphones if I need to bust an eardrum (if i'm not alone in the house). I also have 2 other TV centers with great audio... one in the 46" kitchen/breakfast nook and one 47" in the living room. I dont want a media *center*. I wanted them available where people actually hangout. I have an extra 47" flat screen and audio gear, ready for the backyard or garage/driveway if the need pops up
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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Your 2nd bedroom (12x14) is definitely doable. Our media room in our home is the same size. It's a little small, but perfect for our needs. Be sure to use blackout curtains on the bedroom window and do what you can to remove any other light leakage. If you don't mind darker colors, media rooms with projection units almost always need dark walls and ceilings. Lighter walls reflect light easily and will bounce back onto your projector screen. This will cause your video to look washed out and contrast to be lacking.

Here is a photo of my room that is 11 1/2 by 14. We use blackout curtains in the entry way. We have no windows in the room. The screen is 92", but you can probably go larger as you most likely don't have 12" bumpouts as we do. Because your room is smaller, I would suggest using acoustic panels to better separate a 5.1 speaker system. We use it and it made the world of difference!
I had to make a few concessions in order to get my project signed off on by my wife. I originally wanted to do dark acoustic curtains down both side walls. That was vetoed. Then I wanted dark paint with acoustic panels. Finally, I settled with a dark ceiling, medium walls and movie posters instead of a sewing/crafts room. lol. Close enough of a win, so I'll take it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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BTW, the stairs go up to a little 10 x 6 computer nook. Off of it is another attic space where I have the popcorn machine.
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Old 08-19-2013, 04:47 PM
 
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I think all of those bedrooms are too small to hold 6 people comfortably unless you have small chairs or put people really close to the screen. We converted our game room to a home theater room and it works great. Plenty of room for 6 people.

I also like the fact that it's open on one side because the room stays cool. Several of my friends have enclosed home theater rooms, and they get HOT because of all the people and electronics. Well, except for one who had his A/C adjusted to put a lot more air into the room.

You do have to consider the lighting though, as someone else mentioned, because if you're using a projector, you want it pretty dark. If you're going to use an LED or plasma, lighting is much less of a concern. However, having had both a large plasma and now a 144 inch diagonal projection screen, the large screen is pretty awesome. We rarely go to the theater any more because our home setup is so much nicer.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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I also like the fact that it's open on one side because the room stays cool. Several of my friends have enclosed home theater rooms, and they get HOT because of all the people and electronics. Well, except for one who had his A/C adjusted to put a lot more air into the room.
Luckily, my theater room has the shortest runs to the AC, so it is the coldest room in the house. During the winter, I have to close the vents to keep it from being the hottest room in the house, but that only takes a minute to do.

It's exceptionally rare for me to go to the theater now. Before getting a HT, I used to hit the movies about every other week. Now, I go about twice a year, excluding the IMAX shows at Moody Gardens.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:25 AM
 
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It's exceptionally rare for me to go to the theater now. Before getting a HT, I used to hit the movies about every other week. Now, I go about twice a year, excluding the IMAX shows at Moody Gardens.
SO TRUE. I rarely go to the theater as well since we built out our theater room. Honestly, the quality of my AV that I've been continually upgrading over the past couple years provides us a better experience than most theaters. Not including the new AVX experience at Santikos Palladium...now that's Entertainment.

I'll tell you what though, I seriously need to get something to store my Blu Rays. The wife is fairly particular about how things look, so that's why I've been holding off...
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