Home Entertainment Rooms

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There are a number of different specialty rooms you can create out of any extra space or spare bedrooms you may have in your home.

Home Office

Home offices are becoming popular places to get work done as they don't take up a lot of space and they are very convenient. You can set up an office in a spare room or den, or in the basement.

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Most offices will need electronic equipment such as a telephone, computer and fax machine. They will also need furniture such as a desk, computer cabinet, filing cabinet, book case and chair. You can also get accessories such as clocks, lamps, paperweights, pictures and paintings for your office.

If you're going to be working at home, you'll need an office environment that motivates you. An ergonomic chair, mouse pad and an office theme will improve your home working conditions.

Home Theater

With admission prices to movies skyrocketing, it's not surprising that a lot of people are watching them at home on their own home theater systems. A home theater system may include a high-definition big-screen TV, a DVD player / recorder, VCR, receiver, AM/FM tuner, surge protector and surround sound stereo speaker system. You can also buy wall units to store most of your theater system in, to keep it neat and hide the cords. The price of home theater wall units varies drastically, but they usually range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars online.

Sometimes you just don't have the space in your room for a television, or perhaps the best viewing angle is halfway up your living room wall. If you come across either of these situations, you may want to consider mounting your TV on a wall with a TV wall mount. A TV wall mount basically screws into your wall and you place your TV on it. Some TV wall mounts come in shelf-style models. Most TV mounts are adjustable so you can turn the TV side to side or tilt it up and down. Make sure the TV mount can accommodate the size and weight of your television safely and securely.

A flat-screen television uses a different type of TV wall mount than a regular television. Make sure your flat-panel TV wall mount is strong enough to hold the size and weight of your flat-screen TV.

Home Gym

There are several rooms ideal for a home gym. You can set up a mini gym in the garage, basement or spare room. The space you have will dictate the type of fitness equipment you will have room for.

You can purchase weights, dumbbells, barbells, benches and workout machines for weight training. Rowing machines, heavy bags, speed bags, rope skipping, medicine balls, stationary bikes and treadmills are also suitable for home use.

You can decorate your fitness area with inspirational posters or hook up a stereo system or TV to make it a more enjoyable workout area.

Playroom

If you have children between the ages of five and 12 years old, you probably realize the importance of a playroom, preferably a soundproof playroom.

If you have the space, it's good to let children have a room of their own to play in. You don't want them to get carried away in your living or dining rooms, so a playroom can be designated for toys, puzzles and all kinds of play.

You can decorate a children's playroom in various colors and themes by using paint, pictures or wallpaper. You should put a small couch in it, a beanbag chair, a table and chairs or a chalkboard. You may even want to consider foam or inflatable furniture. Older children might benefit from a phone and a computer.

Remember children's rooms shouldn't be furnished with expensive or easily breakable items. For example, a ceiling light is preferable over small lamps.

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