How To Create An Entertainment Space In Your Apartment

By Julia Dunn on November 23, 2015

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As students, we juggle tons and tons of classes, meetings, organization meetings, work shifts, and far too many other responsibilities and opportunities.

For many of us, entertainment is much needed in the form of Netflix marathons, music on repeat, movies, social media and more.

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Since entertainment is one of the most obvious outlets for stress and can be a great way to relax, it only makes sense to devote part of your apartment to chilling out with some quality entertainment.

Here are a few ways you can establish your own personal entertainment space/theater in your apartment to de-stress from college demands.

1. Decide on an area.

If you’re a college student with a small apartment, you probably have limited space and are especially interested in maximizing that space. Keep this in mind when designing your apartment entertainment center.

You can create an entertainment space virtually anywhere (although your best bet is likely going to be your bedroom or living room). If you want to set up your entertainment space in the same room in which you sleep, try to use your devices to block off that area from your sleeping space (for instance, if you have a large television screen, face it away from your bed so that the TV and its stand acts as a wall/divider).

It helps to choose a location with the most electrical outlets available for charging anything you may use a lot in your entertainment space.

2. Set up seating.

After you’ve decided where to set up your entertainment devices, add whatever you need for seating (and maybe plan more than one seating area in case you have friends or family visiting).

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Think about what makes you most physically comfortable–you want to feel relaxed in your entertainment space. Think about whether or not you want certain chairs in your entertainment area (regular chairs, arm chairs, rocking chairs) or if you’re happy in a big bunch of blankets or pillows on the floor. Maybe a beanbag chair is ideal seating for your space.

3. Add entertainment.

This part is the most fun, of course! Choose what you want to have for entertainment in your apartment. For example, do you want any extra speakers in your space? If so, how large? Do you want a television permanently set up in your space, or are you just looking for a place to crash and watch shows on your laptop?

Depending on who you are and your preference for entertainment sources, you may not need anything fancy at all in your entertainment area. Some students want an immersive entertainment experience that requires a more thought-out floor plan while other students simply want a small TV or some portable bluetooth speakers for jamming out while studying.

Keep these things in mind if you’re serious about your entertainment and its high-quality delivery in your apartment. Don’t forget little details such as a remote control if you plan on watching TV the traditional way.

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Visuals are a significant element of constructing a home theater entertainment space. How do you want your home theater/entertainment center to look?

If you have more than just a portion of a room to outfit in entertainment and for example you want to mount a TV to the wall, you may want to think about what you’ll post on the wall around it. You want to be able to focus on the screen in order to maximize your relaxation (i.e. your entertainment space may not feel totally relaxing if you’ve got a bunch of molecular geometry posters hanging around in sight, or if you’ve taped five different to-do lists around on the edges of your TV screen).

Try out different furniture arrangements and see what feels good to you.

As for acoustics, make sure you can easily hear whatever you’re watching in your entertainment space. If you watch movies on a laptop with small speakers, a great way to amplify sound is by connecting your laptop to bluetooth speakers (note that these will only work if your laptop is bluetooth-enabled, so check that in your computer’s settings). Bluetooth speakers aren’t wildly expensive, yet they work quite well as a remedy for tiny speakers if you’re on a budget.

Creating a mini home theater or entertainment space in your apartment does not need to be a daunting project–as students, we don’t quite have the space, time, or money to replicate one of those fancy home theaters shown on HGTV. Nonetheless, we deserve our own spaces to shut school out for awhile and get lost in the latest TV episodes and new movies from the convenience of our homes.

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All you really need for a home theater is a comfortable environment plus a few gadgets and screens to get you going on movie night. Grab your friends and a few bowls of popcorn, and give yourself a little time each day or each weekend for some entertainment after a strenuous school day.

Have fun creating your very own entertainment hub!

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