19The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the flowers are in bloom — it’s time to head down to your basement and turn on the TV. Your home entertainment room is a safe haven where you can watch your favorite movies, witness the can’t-miss summer sporting events, and catch up an all of those binge-worthy summer TV shows — but if you don’t have the right furniture and electronics for your space, you’re missing out on an excellent home theatre experience.

In this blog, Wettstein’s, your premier local furniture store in La Crosse, will give you some ideas on how to transform your home entertainment room just in time for summer. Check out some of these furniture insights, and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for more inspiration!

Tip 1: Start With a New Sofa

You’re not going to make it through the newest season of Westworld in one day if you don’t like spending time on your couch. If your sofa is sunken, stained, scratchy, or just plain uncomfortable, it’s time for an upgrade — so pick out something new that fits the entire family. The best home theater couches properly support your legs and lower back, are comfortable enough for movie-watching and napping, and have plenty of room for everyone in your family to spread out.

Choosing the right couch is ultimately up to you, but allow us to make a few recommendations. Specialized home theater seating with reclining chairs and cupholders is great for cinephiles who don’t want to sacrifice practicality for the sake of comfort. For more casual viewers (or those who like to cuddle with their pets, kids, and significant others) a more traditional sofa is a better choice. Pick out a cozy and spacious sectional with plenty of TV viewing angles so you and your family members are always comfortable.

Tip 2: Splurge on a High-Tech TV

The beauty is in the details — but you’re not going to catch the details on a tiny, standard-definition TV. 1080 and even 4K TVs are becoming more and more affordable by the month, so if you think you can’t afford a large, crystal-clear screen for all of your favorite visual media, you might be mistaken.

OLED TVs, especially those in a 4K UHD format and with an Energy Star certification, are built with the future of movies and TV in mind; you’ll get the greatest possible picture quality (for home use, at least) at a reasonable price. As more and more TV shows and movies are released for streaming in 4K over the next several years, your TV will be able to handle it. Just don’t forget to get a high-quality home audio system to go with it.

Tip 3: Invest in Custom Storage Solutions

Media rooms require plenty of accessories and tech gear for the best possible experience — and unless you want a mess of cables and DVD cases, you’ll need some storage solutions to contain it all. TV consoles and custom wall units are a useful and visually appealing way to house all of your electronics and keep your movie collection in line, and they often frame or support your TV to give your media room a cohesive and robust design.

Most TV consoles are labeled according the largest size of TV they can support, so keep that in mind (or even better, know the size of your TV) before you venture out to buy a console. If a TV console isn’t your thing, consider a wall mount that can free up space underneath your TV for custom shelving. For storing other media room items such as blankets, pillows, cables, and remotes, purchase some storage ottomans so you can kick your feet up and tuck away your loose items.

Stop by our Furniture Store in La Crosse

Wettstein’s is your source for home media room furniture in La Crosse and the surrounding areas — we’re happy to help you create a media room that you and your family will love. Check out our online furniture collections, and stop by our showroom today.