Build a Media Room on a Budget

Okay, so you’ve seen one too many episodes of MTV’s Cribs and have dreamed of the day you will purchase a mansion with your very own home theater room or multimedia man cave. While owning a luxury home may seem like a distant reality, having your own custom media room may not be as far off as you think. It just requires a little time, a space and innovation.

build a media room on a budget

Choose a Location

You don’t have to be a professional location scout to find the perfect place for your entertainment room. However, there are a few things you will need to consider. A room with no windows and blank walls, such as a finished basement, is the classic prototype to pursue. However, if you don’t have that option, try looking for alternative methods to create the same results. Blackout curtains are a great substitute and will not only set the mood for movie viewing, but also help with climate control for a more energy efficient home.

Set the Scene

Atmosphere plays one of the leading roles when it comes to designing your entertainment hub. If lacking a proper backdrop, your movie room may risk becoming a flop. To avoid being rated as just another room with a television, take some time to set the mood.

Make room for your fans. This room will most likely become the primary gathering spot for impromptu movie nights so you’ll want to have plenty of comfortable seating available. Large plush couches or recliners are ideal.


Lighting is another key member of the supporting cast. Direct overhead lighting is a turnoff for most. Decide on something a little more easy on the eyes, like low lighting. For a truly luxurious experience, sconces can be installed and spaced along the walls of the room. For a more economical substitute, dimmer switches can be installed in place of ordinary light switches to control the level of brightness you prefer. Another cheap addition you can make without an electrician is floor lamps that direct the light straight towards the ceiling rather than dispersing it throughout the entire room.


Technology has come a long way since the first nickelodeon was invented. You don’t need to have a Hollywood budget to create a premium movie experience of your own. From wireless speakers to Bluetooth enabled remote controls and instantly streamed movies, the possibilities are endless. A wireless projector can now be purchased for as little as $100. Set your budget and make the choice that fits you best.


Put the finishing touches on your home cinema with a DIY concession stand. Setting up a vending area complete with drinks, candy and a popcorn machine will capture the pure essence of the silver screen without the cost of admission. Your family and friends will be sure to welcome this new addition to your home with a round of applause.