While building your own media room is a great alternative to forking out to go to the cinema, one of the key ingredients is your choice of flooring material.
It’s pretty fair to state that most of us enjoy a night out at the movies. With the comfortable lounge chairs, popcorn, blacked out theatre and of course the big screen itself, it’s an experience that can be difficult to replicate at home in front of the television.
However, it’s also an experience that’s been sorely missed for many Australians over the last eighteen months, particularly for those in New South Wales and Victoria who have had it pretty tough with ongoing lockdowns. Unfortunately, thanks to the very nature of it’s enclosed space, the cinema has regularly been one of the first social experiences to be shut down.
As such, installing a media room at home has been a particularly trending topic. If you can’t take a trip to the cinema, why not bring the cinema to you? If you have a boxier room with little natural light, it’s the perfect opportunity to create your very own home cinema – after all, it’s the one room of the house where natural light is a burden as opposed to being a benefit. Unfortunately, even if you get the aesthetics right, even the best home media room can come unstuck without the right acoustics, which is when your choice of flooring material can have a massive influence.
Understanding Flooring Materials And Acoustics
If you’re going to invest in high-quality sound for your home theatre, it’s important not to forget about customising the room in order to maintain the acoustics, which is where your choice of flooring comes into play.
Carpet is used for a variety of purposes, including insulating a person’s feet from a cold tile or concrete floor, making a room more comfortable as a place to sit on the floor, and adding a specific decoration or colour to a room. In fact, many would agree that it’s long been regarded as the material to opt for if you’re chasing a warmer or more ‘homey’ feeling.
Since sound waves bounce off of hard surfaces easier and travel further, a room with hard flooring like timber, laminate or vinyl could easily turn your brand new (and often expensive) sound system into the equivalent of audio sludge. When sound waves are allowed to bounce freely off hard surfaces, audio clarity is lost, and the sound from your speakers will come out as cluttered and noisy.
Thankfully, a high performing carpet can go a long way when it comes to avoiding this. Carpet absorbs ambient noises, and reduces echoes by keeping sound from bouncing around your home media room. The fibrous nature of carpet causes it to rap and disperse sound waves, which contrasts a hardwood or concrete floor that allows the sound to bounce off it much easier.
As a general rule, carpet softens harsh sounds and creates a quieter, more peaceful indoor environment. However, it’s also incredibly good at keeping noises in, ensuring that any sounds omitted by your home media room stay in that space, without disturbing the rest of the household.
It’s also worth noting that not all carpet products were made equally. Carpets all have different gradings when it comes to sound absorption and acoustic levels, but homeowners also need to consider the other factors that may influence their selection, such as if they have pets, children, how much foot traffic the space is expected to get, and even how much maintenance and upkeep they’re willing to commit to. As such, it’s always a good idea to have a chat with the professionals before you start shopping to ensure that you pick the most suitable option that lines up with your needs.
Sourcing Media Room Flooring From The Professionals
While your options for carpet flooring are almost limitless, selecting the right type for your home media room certainly isn’t an easy feat. With each space, comes a different preference or priority: are you chasing style, functionality, or simply want to stay within the budget?
In operation for over 25 years, at Tile Wizards we pride ourselves on getting you more – for less. We pioneered the warehouse format, and our stores are purposefully designed to make your selection easier, and ultimately offer our customers quality, price and the right advice.
For those on the hunt for the best media room flooring material, we recommend opting for a product from the Feltex carpet range. With over eighty years of experience, Feltex Carpets have set the benchmark globally when it comes to producing the highest quality wool blend and wool carpets. Used in both commercial and residential environments, their acoustics, durability, warranty options and overall quality assurance are second to none.
Even if you are just after some honest and friendly advice – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Tile Wizards today for a free quote. We’re able to work with you in order to bring your dream flooring solution to life.