How to design an entertainment room

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Every room in the house has a purpose. We have rooms for cooking, rooms for eating, and rooms for sleeping. So, a room specifically designed for entertaining is really just the next logical step.

Entertainment rooms can serve a variety of purposes. They might be dedicated man (or woman!) caves, a space for the kids or away from the kids, or they might be the perfect place to have fun with guests. But whether they are game rooms or home theaters, entertainment rooms are designed for one thing—fun.  

Here are a few ways to design an entertainment room for family fun.

All shapes and sizes

The most important thing to remember about designing an entertainment room is that they can come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t need an IMAX screen to have a home theater, but rather just a quiet, comfortable space that you can call your own for a few hours to enjoy a movie.

Creating a room like this means getting away from the rules for a while because the only rule to designing an entertainment room is that it has to work for you. Still, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Garruppo

Stock up on seating

Any room dedicated to comfort is a room where seating is a main priority. Whether it’s a place for guests, the whole family, or just you alone, your entertainment room will need to have enough seating for everyone.

Sectionals, love seats, and settees are going to be some of the main options for these spaces, especially if the design is for a home theater. The same is true if your plan is to have guests in the space. But even if it’s a room just for you, having options for where to sit is a little luxury that you’re sure to appreciate.

This space is designed to offer maximum comfort on family game night. A large sectional accompanied by a cozy settee makes it clear that this is a space for everyone to be together. And all the extra pillows mean extra seating on the floor for kids for those times when the whole family gathers.

Photo Credit: Chinasa Cooper

Orient your seating

Placement and orientation are another big factor for getting the most out of entertainment room seating. Getting it right means thinking a bit about what you’re most likely to use the room for. If it’s a game room, then you might want to orient most of your seating around a central table. If it’s a home theater, you definitely want all of the seating to give a good view of the screen. And if it’s a guest or family-oriented conversation space, you want to be sure that anyone sitting in the room won’t feel excluded from the main group.

This is a good example of seating arrangement for a small home theater. Instead of theater seats or individual chairs that might limit the number of people who can enjoy the movie together, this room embraces the home aspect of the theater, using a large, leather sectional to maximize the space while keeping everyone oriented towards the screen. And the wraparound shape of the sofa means that no matter what’s on, everyone sitting will have a good view of the action.

Entertainment room with black sectional sofa

Photo Credit: Chinasa Cooper

Make room for play

While adults love their she sheds and man caves, children need a space to call their own as well. A great entertainment space can be a dedicated playroom for the littlest ones at home.

This playroom offers a sophisticated space where the kids can have fun all day long. A bright color palette makes it a perfect place for dreaming and using one’s imagination. Storage is offered through woven baskets to keep things tidy. And a large, oversized sofa has room for parents to even join in the fun.

Children's room with pink sofa

Photo Credit: Chinasa Cooper

Organized entertaining

Speaking about organization, it’s a key factor in any room where you are going to be entertaining guests and family members on a regular basis. Look for media systems that help to keep things from spinning out of control.

Here, a modern streamlined unit has a place for the whole entertainment center. And a collection of baskets nicely tucks away items like glasses, server-ware, and any other accessories so they’re ready for the next movie night or event.

TV stand with baskets

Photo Credit: Genevieve Garruppo

Take it outside

Your entertainment room doesn’t have to be confined to the inside of your home. If you’ve got the space, why not take it outside? Outdoor spaces are ideal for all kinds of entertaining. Kids parties, adult gatherings, game nights, and home theaters—it’s all possible in a well-designed outdoor space.

Outdoor areas can be far more versatile than indoor areas where things tend to stay in one arrangement for long periods. So, with a little designer foresight, it’s easy to create a space that can go from a conversation space to a home theater just by moving some furniture.

This outdoor space is designed to do it all. The modular benches along the wall are perfect for eating or watching movies on an outdoor projector. The dining area is set up for smaller, more intimate meals with family or a few guests. And there’s plenty of room for anything else, simply by moving the dining arrangement and small bistro tables to the side.

Outdoor entertainment space

Photo Credit: Seth Caplan

Be sure to remember to keep whatever entertainment space you decide on protected with Progressive.

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