If this picture is a stark reminder of what family life used to be, it's hardly a surprise that, with the amount of choice we have on TV now, this image has barely changed! If you are trying to make your living room a place for quality family time, then it's best to get rid of the television. But, this might not be met with the most welcoming of reactions. This is why an entertainment room might help to upset the balance. Are there any things you can do to make an entertainment room welcoming, but not too welcoming?
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Make It A Small Space
One of the main reasons we all congregate in the living room to watch TV is because the living room is big enough. Ergo, make your entertainment room small enough, not everybody will be able to sit there at the same time. Naturally, people will then gravitate towards the living room (or their own rooms). Now, while you don't want to be seen as the television police, you can still put some decent tech in the space, sites like TrustedReviews.com/ provide some details of the best TVs to buy this year, but if the entertainment room isn't practical enough to hold more than a couple of people at the same time, this will solve the TV problem.
Encourage It For Multiple Uses
An entertainment room can be great for gatherings, such as video game nights or if the guys are getting together to watch a big game, but in addition to this, you can make it a relaxing space, or even put a table in there, so it's the only place for your kids to study. Websites such as
ComfySacks.com/ sell bean bag chairs, so you can use it as a lounging area, but by making it a space for so many different uses, naturally, people will not use it as much. But if this room is the only place where kids can do their homework, or you can do life admin, it needs to be a place that's not full to the brim with tech in the first place.
Only Use The Space At Certain Times
Again, while this may be seen as enforcing a bit too much in the way of rules, by using entertainment space at certain times, and keeping it out of bounds for the most part, you are going to be successful at minimizing the amount of television your family watches. Of course, now, kids can find other ways to get entertained, but by keeping the entertainment room off limits during certain times, but also, encouraging family time concurrently, the battle may be slowly going in your favor.
An entertainment room is a great idea, if you use it right. A lot of people who gravitate towards the entertainment room permanently, but if you're trying to get rid of the TV from the living room, so you can spend more time with your family, making the space somewhere that isn't so enticing, could help your family congregate together in the living room.
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