Where do you put a cinema system in a room with no space? Where do you put a screen when there is no wall free? You need to get creative...
Having previously worked on most of the rooms in this property, the living room was the last to be renovated. Initially, the layout didn’t easily lend itself to a nice media room - there was floor-to-ceiling joinery, a TV in the corner and a feature fireplace. These features together meant that no orientation would work easily for a nice viewing experience.
As part of the interior design consultation process we recommended an ‘invisible’ media room as an alternative to the suggested ‘just put a nicer looking TV in the corner’. The results worked out brilliantly!
To house the audio, video and some lighting aspects of the room we turned to the ceiling and built a custom coffer. Not only did this offer space for speakers and a motorised drop-down screen, but also LED lighting and a home for the projector too!
Measurements had to be quite specific. The drop-down screen had be easy to watch from the seating position, but the coffer also had to be high enough to house a proper curtain pelmet. In addition, the screen had to be far enough forward to clear the fireplace and strong enough to take the weight of the screen-housing and projector.
With projector, screen and main loudspeakers all hidden in the ceiling coffer, it was time to find a home for the rest of the equipment. At all times, our mission was to hide equipment away so that the media room technology had as little impact on the room aesthetics as possible.
Using a discreet, vented cabinet we housed all the electronics and the subwoofer. This combination ensured a neat look while retaining a high level of performance and reliability. As a final touch, the room was integrated into the main control system for the wider house, to ensure it was extremely easy to use for everyone.
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