Tips and Guides

Set Up Your Entertainment Room in 8 Easy Steps

Create a space where you and your family can enjoy movies and quality time

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

Since we welcome guests in the living area, we'd want to have a special place in the house where we can spend some time with the family. This room can be the perfect spot for family bondong activities as well as movie marathons!

If you have an extra room in the house, you may want to turn it into an audio-visual room. Be guided by these tips from professionals:

Use soft materials, like rugs

“Some people even put padded wall panels and acoustic boards,” says Misty Floro, principal designer of Morfosis Design. Pai Edles, creative director of Morfosis Design, adds that you should also lessen the use of glass to prevent sound from bouncing.

Fix the height of speakers

Misty says that the left and right speaker should be placed at ear level to “simulate the sound of someone talking to you, and it’s usually eye level or ear level.”

Surround speakers, on the other hand, should be placed on your left and right side and should be three-feet above ear level “kasi hindi naman lahat ng sounds, you hear at ear level realistically, like honking of the horns. Your ear looks for those sounds, and it makes it more realistic coming from different levels.” These speakers are for the ambient sounds in movies you watch. “The bass speaker, it has to be at the center, right under the TV.”

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Put a four-inch allowance between your TV and your wall

“[Do this] for adequate ventilation space at the back, for air to circulate and to make room for you to put in the cables and fiddle at the back,” says Ed Geronia, chief information officer of IT firm Sari Software.

Misty adds, “Speakers need to breathe, so they have to be two to three feet away from the wall.”

Keep wires under control

"Cables can’t be avoided. A normal TV would have at least three or four cables sticking out at the back. There are cable organizers—they look like giant springs of notebook—and you can loop them there. Or you can just use gardening wire, and you can make tiny ties on the cables to keep them organized,” says Ed.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

Choose good-looking gadgets

When it comes to gadgets, like stereos, I look for ones na maganda na yung itsura niya,” says Pai. Misty adds: “We always try to look for speakers that are functional, and at the same time, attractive.”

In photo: Philips Fidelio Soundbar Speaker – B5, price available upon request.

Incorporate the gadgets on a shelf

Pai says attractive-looking gadgets are usually expensive. “The other option would be to incorporate them on a shelf, so parang mas makikita mo may books, and then the speakers are there. It also helps to hide the obtrusive wires. That’s the usual problem when you set up the system.”

Photo by Marc Jao.

Make an inventory of your DVD or movie tapes collection

 Kung wala ka pang lalagyan, the inventory will help you in finding the right one, kasi if you know the size and dimensions of each, you can easily calculate how big of a shelf you need, or how big of a TV cabinet you need,” says Misty.

Pick the best or the most special ones from your collection and display them

“For example, talagang collector ka, but you don’t have enough space, display the best ones, and use your inventory to find the others that are stored in a different room,” says Pai. Misty adds that this can help make the room more personal as well.

RL Tip: Did you know that putting a coffee table between your sofa and TV is a no-no? Misty says a heavy carpet would be ideal between the sofa and TV “so that the sound from the speakers in front will be softened when it gets to you, para mas maging clear. Avoid placing a table between the TV and the sofa para walang obstruction yung sound when it gets to you.” 

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

For more tips on how you can make the most of your entertainment room at home, download a digital copy of the September 2015 issue of Real Living magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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