Today we’re going to discuss some of my “must-haves” for a good TV room and show some pics from our “End of the School Year Movie and Snack Afternoon”. As you can see above, we watched the The Land Before Time Movies which paired perfectly with some Pop Secret Popcorn.
So what is important in a TV room?
I think a good TV room takes proper couch placement, plenty of seating, foot props, comfy accessories and tables arrangements into account.
Sounds like a lot right?
Well let’s evaluate some pics from our “Schools-Out Pop Secret and Land Before Time” party this week and I’ll show you a few of the things that are working in our TV room and a few things we are still figuring out.
Now keep in mind….
Our TV room started off pretty bad!
You can read about this room from the beginning here.
I don’t plan on living in this house forever, so I didn’t want to spend a fortune on furnishing it.
It’s small. The likelihood of our family re-using tiny furniture that we needed for this room is slim.
So I have accumulated a couch from Craigslist, some road-side tables, cute pillows, and a bureau from the Goodwill for the TV.
Now keep in mind…there is still a picture gallery that needs to happen, a paint job or something similar for the table, a poof or ottoman, some sort of window shades, and wall paint touch-ups.
First off for recomendations….seating!
The first thing most people think of when designing their TV room is seating!
This is important.
Most of us watch TV at the end of the day.
We’re tired. We want to relax and seating matters!
I don’t watch much TV, but I LOVE our family movie night ideas and comfort is key.
A comfy couch that’s facing the TV in a reasonably close proximity and additional comfy seating are what is important to me!
So many times a see beautiful rooms with couches facing each other and the TV at the perpendicular end of the room.
Besides that it looks beautifully symmetrical, I really don’t understand this design for a TV room. It seems like everyone would have a kink in their neck after a movie.
I also see beautiful rooms with couches facing the TV, but they seem a football field away!
If you’re unsure about distances, you can google couch/TV distance guides online.
Another issue to think about is extra seating.
Not every living room is big enough to have all extra seating facing the TV but comfortable chairs or poofs that can be scooted around to face the TV are perfect. Also, be wary of putting your guests in hard metal chairs, or other uncomfortable side chairs that you have in your living room.
Our TV room is so small that even IKEA sectionals hardly fit. I wanted a couch that everyone could sit on, but one that didn’t look huge and obnoxious in our tiny room. I ended up finding this tufted vintage sofa on Craigslist for $100. It’s not perfect, but the price was right and we can all fit. Someday I’ll take the skirt off and make it a little more modern but for now fun pillows do the trick.
Tables are my next “must” for a TV room.
These are my suggestions: