Most of us don't live in sprawling homes. And we try to make the most of our available living area. That's why our family room often also serves as our media room. At the center of our "media room" are the flatscreen TV and surround sound system. Add to that the Blu-ray or DVR and if you enjoy good music, that's also where you'll find the CD player, the receiver and the amp. Oh, you have kids? Then add the gaming system to our media room/family room.
Those are just some of the different types of media components you could expect in either of our two sample family rooms pictured here. Using either of these two photos, you can easily imagine including something like a satellite receiver or AppleTV or some or digital components in these rooms.
So what if you decide that as a family Christmas gift, wouldn't it be cool to have a home theater? I mean, the existing flatscreen is fine for routine TV viewing, but maybe you like the idea of "big event" home entertainment. Maybe its a special movie night or a sporting event that you'd like to have a monster screen so having someone walk in front of you doesn't mean missing the big moment! And you certainly don't have space for a room dedicated to a home theater. Why not let your family room also become your home theater?
So picture this...you see you have a comfortable living space for friends and family to gather. There's ample room to move about as guests refresh their plates with the food you have out as part of your spread. Only thing is, everyone tends to huddle real tight for those "can't miss" moments on the screen.
That's when inspiration hits! You can add a drop screen and video projector to your media room. Pick either one of our sample rooms shown and imagine a motorized screen recessed into the ceiling. At the start of your event, the massive screen lowers from the ceiling just forward of the existing flatscreen while the lights dim and your audio system prepares to thunder! Even the video projector can be recessed into the ceiling only to descend as well on cue!