Media room staging is a simple but crucial part of enhancing the value and appeal of a home theater space. Media rooms have become very popular and are virtually guaranteed to be a part of any luxury property and may be included in many far more economical pieces of real estate. Preparing the media room to receive potential buyers is not difficult and should not take much time or money.
This tutorial provides step-by-step advice for increasing the perceived value of a media enjoyment space within any house or apartment.
Media Room Staging Recommendations
Staging a home theater should always be completed before the property is placed for sale on the open market. Here are some easy staging strategies for maximizing the look and feel of an interior theater space:
Make sure the furniture is appropriate for the size of the room and all the fabric is clean and in good repair.
Make sure to conceal speakers and wires to make the overall aesthetic presentation more professional.
If you have room, popcorn-makers, drink dispensers and beverage refrigerators are nice touches to enhance the movie theater décor.
Make sure that any natural light can be completely blocked off with functional and appealing window treatments or interior shutters.
Make sure the screen or TV is dusted and cleaned thoroughly.
Media Room Home Staging Considerations
Staging a media room should make its purpose blatantly obvious. Simply putting a large television in a den does not make a media room. You need to do far more to really bring out the specialized nature of the home theater experience.
Paint the walls a dark color and think about adding LED lighting around the base of the chairs. This will really make the room appear just like an actual movie theater. Media room seating should be very comfortable and should have built-in snack and drink holders or integrated tables.
Make certain that all the wiring, plugs, electric connections and adapters are well hidden inside the walls or using creative wiring solutions.
Prior to an open house, consider popping fresh popcorn for the scent alone. This will really conjure up the theater atmosphere that you are trying to create.
Bottom Line on Media Room Staging
Media rooms are desirable features in a large and luxurious home. However, they can be too taste-specific for smaller houses, since their use may be better expressed as an alternative function, such as a guest room, home office or spare bedroom.
Talk to your home stager about what they recommend for your particular media room set up. Theater rooms in the basement or attic are excellent uses for what may otherwise be just dead space. If your home is not huge, then my recommendation would be to confine the home theater to one of these locations to facilitate more universal appeal from the main living areas of the home.