Remember when the main source of home entertainment was the television? The entire family gathered around the set to watch something riveting like “The Love Boat” or “The Price Is Right.”
Saturday mornings, the kids lounged in front of it, eating their cereal and watching cartoons. That was just a bit of relaxed amusement before they tore out of the house to play with their friends.
Those were simple times, right? There were a handful of channels and people were experts at fiddling with the attached antenna to get the least fuzzy reception. Sometimes it meant having somebody stand right by the TV because, for some reason, that resulted in clearing the snow.
How to Set Up Your Own TV Room
TV Through the Ages
The television, along with the rest of the world, has come a long way. In the journey to the present, much progress happened. You could hook up a device that let you watch movies at home. You could get cable and access to a plethora of channels. You could connect to a different device and play video games.
Along the way, however, television was vilified. It has become a scapegoat in the modern day epidemic that is obesity. Why blame TV? It didn’t ask to be put in children’s bedrooms or in virtually every room of the house, including the bathroom.
With the invasion of the personal computer and its smarter spawns as well as with the increase of accessibility to the Internet, televisions found companions with which to share the blame for the decline of health, social manners, tans, and other things society supposedly valued.
Television and smart technology also began working together to provide optimized home entertainment. Where once people were happy with a wall unit in the living room, many now feel inclined to build comprehensive media rooms and home theaters.
To each his own, of course, but there’s a school of thought, typically promulgated by concerned parents, that urges everybody to calm down, moderate, and consciously prevent these technologies from taking over life. It doesn’t advocate screen-free living (that’s a whole different school), but it does prompt you to significantly decrease the number of screens in your home.
The Return of the TV Room
When one television was the standard for most homes, having a TV room was de rigueur. With the campaign for conscious TV watching and the nostalgic hankering for simpler times in this age of out-of-control hi-tech entertainment, it is making a comeback.
If you wish to limit the access to screens, why not build a cozy and comfy TV room or nook? It would provide excellent entertainment while limiting screen time per person. As a common room, it isn’t ideal for round-the-clock TV viewing. It would, however, encourage shared watching, resulting in time spent together.
TV Room Setup
Since this is the only space for TV viewing, you want to deck it out with features that would allow maximum viewing enjoyment. Here are some tips for achieving that.
Get a Good Sized, High-Quality TV
If you must have only one, then invest in an excellent model.
It’s your best option, offering benefits that cable and satellite TV can’t match.
- It saves you money, allowing free viewing of channels that you normally have to pay a monthly fee to access.
- It hooks you up to sub-channels available in your locale.
- It lets you get out-of-market channels if you live near enough to receive signals from TV markets.
- It gives a steady signal despite the weather.
- It lets you get the uncompressed high definition signals that networks deliver.
With a channel booster, you can get even more channels and better reception.
Create a Comfortable Seating Area
What should you include? Plush couches and recliners are great choices. Add a coffee table, plus side tables for convenience. You’ll want snacks, of course. Have throw pillows and Afghans at the ready in case you want to get extra cozy.
Strategies With Lighting
Make sure you place the TV away from windows and lamps to avoid light reflection. Use dark curtains or blinds for daytime viewing.
To keep your room from being too dark, add bias lighting. This means that the light source is behind the TV, glowing sideways or toward the top or bottom. This softens the light coming from the TV and eases the strain on your eyes.
Correct TV Room Use
The TV room is solely for TV viewing. You may read in it or just lounge with the TV off, of course, but it’s not for playing video games.
It’s meant to be a temporary stop, specifically for some relaxed TV viewing, preferably with the company, before you go off to pursue other interests. With such restraint, you can better appreciate the technology and the privilege of having it.