Media Room Ideas With Tons of Storage Inspiring Our Next Makeover

We are finally getting to the phase of our lives where our playroom is starting to become obsolete. (*mom cry*)

Our girls still play with some toys, mostly in their bedrooms, but we’ve found our family could benefit from a media room with more storage and entertainment function than our playroom provides.

media room before

This is a previously converted space that was once our home’s original living room, and it has always been a stumper. With a fireplace, 3 doors, 2 big windows, and a wall of cabinets, figuring out the right furniture placement has always been a doozy.

I literally just walked in the room and took a photo exactly as our kids had left it, magic marker scribbled play chair and all.

media room before

What is a Media Room?

A few weeks ago, we realized if we removed all of the cabinets to shove a sofa against the wall and added tons of built-in shelving, swivel chairs, desks, and a projector screen, it would all make sense!

And so the media room makeover was born.

A media room is a flexible, multipurpose space that serves as a place for watching TV, playing video games, listening to music, and as a casual gathering area for socializing.

It’s typically flexible and adaptable for different types of entertainment with an informal layout, flexible seating, and with options for both ambient and task lighting.

Media Room Ideas With Storage and Function

Here are some media room ideas inspiring ours if you need inspiration to create your own multifunctional family room.

1. Sofa Against a Wall Surrounded by Shelves

sofa against a wall with shelves surrounding
J Lawrence Design

If you have a small living room or media room that’s limited on furniture space, this layout is brilliant!

Normally, interior designers advise against pushing a couch against a wall, but by surrounding the couch with bookcases, it creates a cozy nook perfect for lounging with a good book.

We plan to use a modern style reclining sofa as theater seating flanking a projector screen to sometimes use it as a family movie theater space with side tables and swivel chairs for flexible seating options.

Maybe we’ll even be able to add a few surround sound speakers inside the shelving to create a DIY sound system.

sofa surrounded by built in shelves
Kate Marker Interiors

2. Door Surrounded by Bookcases

When you have a door as an obstacle but you need more storage, surrounding a doorway with built-in bookcases is the perfect solution.

double french doors before

We would love to make these French doors into pocket doors with our go-to DIY built-in shelving IKEA hack for a media room idea on a budget.

We’ll hide a motorized projector flat screen above the door to use for movie nights. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that it works, but since there is a load-bearing brick wall hidden right behind that paneling, it might pose a challenge.

With or without pocket doors though, it’s a great way to utilize tons of storage without any wasted space!

shelves on either side of doorway
Renovation Husbands

Adding shelving above the door makes it even more useful.

built in bookcases surrounding a doorway
Nina Litchfield Design | Michael Sinclair

Rather than an open doorway, ours will still have a door, even if pocket doors aren’t possible.

built in shelves surrounding door in media room
Park and Oak

3. Wallpapered Ceiling

In the case of low ceilings, like ours that are 8 feet, wallpapering the ceiling is a fun way to add an element of surprise.

I keep picturing something like a leafy wallpaper overhead for a dose of whimsy. These monochromatic blue doors, trim, and walls with a pop of pattern on the ceiling is a beautiful idea.

4. Built In Desks

It’s nice to have desks for studying, doing craft projects, and where our kids can do their homework.

We still plan to have a smaller TV on this wall (for the kids to use when we’re not using the big projector screen on movie nights), but adding built-in desks provides extra storage that also doubles as a TV console.

playroom before

I plan to hang a Samsung Frame TV on the wall above the built-in desks with framed art surrounding the TV to disguise it into a gallery wall.

built in desks with gallery wall
OHO Interiors

The far wall with the fireplace will mostly remain unchanged. But first, we are removing all of the 1960s paneling to finally install updated drywall.

playroom with fireplace

I can’t wait to see it all come together soon! It’s going to be a very functional epic change for a space that has always created a challenge in our home.

We never thought we’d be able to have a home theater room, but we’re working with what we have to make it happen.

You can follow the media room makeover soon in our Instagram Stories! What do you think? Good plan?

Our Room Makeover Roadmap spreadsheet planner is definitely coming in handy on this one.

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  1. This is a great practical way to improve a room and get lots of storage, thanks for writing this article its very helpful