Multi-Purpose Media Room vs. Dedicated Home Theatre Room Designs

When designing a home media or theatre room, homeowners must decide between a room for multiple media uses or a space with a sole purpose of viewing movies.

Adding a home media or theatre room is a growing trend in many houses. The addition is enjoyable for families and is a desirable renovation that generally adds value to a home. However, there are major differences to consider when choosing between designs for a full home theatre room and a multi-purpose media room space.

Differences Between Home Theatre Rooms & Home Media Rooms

The major distinction between a room designed for home theatre and a room designed for a home media enjoyment is the flexibility of the space. A home theatre room is designed specifically for watching movies on a big screen and cannot be adapted for other uses. On the other hand, a home media room is typically designed for multiple media or family room applications.

Typical design features of a dedicated home theatre room include:

  • A big theatre or projection screen in a fixed position
  • Stadium style seating
  • Full sound proofing and surround sound systems
  • Dark or soothing colour scheme with lack of windows
  • Low, ambient style lighting
  • Home theatre décor theme
  • Typical design features of a multi-purpose media room include:
  • Both a television screen and a drop-down projection or theatre screen
  • Family room style seating with large couches or sectionals
  • Additional floor seating or space for media and video games
  • Surround sound systems, but no sound proofing
  • Ability to darken room and windows
  • Typical family room decor

Media rooms are often family rooms within the main section of a home converted into multi-purpose enjoyment of media activities. Alternatively, home theatre rooms are typically designed in spare rooms on an upper or lower basement level of a home.

Benefits Of Dedicated Home Theatre Room Designs

For families that enjoy a movie theatre experience, transforming a room into a dedicated home theatre room is ideal. One of the benefits of using a room as a dedicated space for viewing movies is the ability to customize the space to maximize the theatre experience.

A home theatre room is typically found in a spare or bonus room upstairs or in a finished basement. If the home theatre room is being designed as the basement is being finished, then special accommodations can easily be made for wiring, sound proofing, speakers and other home theatre room décor. Typically, more money is invested in customizing home theatre rooms, and a high level of customization may or may not add enough value to a home to recoup when sold.

Benefits Of Multi-Purpose Home Media Rooms

A family room that has multiple media purposes may be the most useful for growing families. With both a large screen television and a drop-down projection screen, there are a variety of media activities that can be enjoyed beyond viewing movies. Media activities could include projected or streamed movies, video games, internet activity, music and more. Special smart home automation technology makes it easy to integrate multiple components for even more enjoyment of the space. A well outfitted media room is very desirable in today’s homes and almost always adds value to a home’s resale price.

Homeowners choosing between dedicated home theatre and a multi-purpose home media designs should evaluate how the space will be used, available space in the home and the potential for recouping the investment in a home’s resale value.