Create the ultimate living room setup to make jaws drop
Netflix and chill? You’ve got the right idea - because when you are chilling at home with your loved ones, you will find yourself binge-watching the latest shows on the streaming service. Or perhaps a weekend of non-stop gaming beckons, with you seated comfortably as you save the world with your wicked moves and skills.
But would you want to do all that with a basic home entertainment setup? No, you absolutely should not. While it is always prudent to keep the budget manageable, your home should be future-proof with the latest and best electronics and furnishings. After all, your home is your haven, so make it as amazing as possible.
Still concerned about the budget? Three words - COURTS Flexi Plans. Because if you ever need to turn your dream home into a reality, the payment solution from the home furnishing megastore is here to help. The furnishing you need or even want can be yours, just by making easy monthly payments with the COURTS Flexi Plans.
So that’s all sorted out, you are good to go. It’s time to get you started and prepare your ultimate entertainment home setup.
The world revolves around your TV
In the words of Joey Tribianni from F.R.I.E.N.D.S., “Where does all your furniture point to?” when he realised someone doesn’t have a TV. Just as the Earth revolves around the sun, so does your furnishing. The TV is the centerpiece of your living room, and is literally the biggest part of your setup.
Size does matter. Don’t scrimp on a TV that does not do justice to your spacious living room. Likewise, it’s also about matching the space with the right TV size - a screen that’s too big means your eyes will be darting across the screen to watch a movie. A general rule for TV sizes - look at your viewing distance to determine the size of your TV.
For example, if you’re getting a 43-inch TV, you’re looking at an optimal viewing distance of between 1.6 to 2.7m. That’s basically how much space you need to put between your sofa and the TV. Of course, if you’re aiming for a larger TV screen, you could move the sofa further back, provided there’s enough space to do so.
To 4K HDR or not to 4K HDR
If you’ve seen this term called high dynamic range, or HDR, floating around, it’s time to get acquainted with it. Simply put, it improves the viewing experience, especially with dark scenes like an alley shot at night as seen in Marvel’s Daredevil. Also, TVs equipped with HDR have a good colour gamut too, so the scenes are visually appealing and more apparent when you watch shows with a huge range of colours.
Then there’s 4K, the term that describes the screen resolution. This essentially means you have a super sharp viewing experience as there are more pixels used to produce even the tiniest details. That also explains why you see really fine hair texture or sometimes obvious blemishes on faces with a 4K screen due to the insane amount of details.
This is the ultimate home entertainment setup we’re talking about. So it’s all or nothing. Fortunately, you can lean on the COURTS Flexi Plans to make the cost more manageable, so here’s a TV that you can consider
The LG OLED W7 TV is jaw-droppingly amazing. It has everything you want in a TV - the latest 4K resolution, Active HDR with Dolby Vision and not to mention the Dolby Atmos Sound system that delivers heart-pumping audio.
Cost: $12,009 (usual price $12,888)
Up the (entertainment) ante
Can a TV do everything? Well sure, you can stream Netflix and YouTube on these smart TVs. But there’s so much more you can do with it. For one, did you know that you can mirror your smartphone to the TV? That means whatever you see on your phone will be shown on the TV. So if you’ve been playing a game or watching a movie on Netflix, you can handover to the TV and continue on the big screen.
Speaking of gaming, why not pair the TV with a gaming console? Because why limit yourself to just watching movies on the TV when you can be on a gaming spree with an Xbox or PlayStation console? You could be enjoying a quiet day by yourself while you play the latest games. Or invite your friends over for a friendly FIFA match.
During your search for the gaming console, take the ultra high definition route to take full advantage of the 4K HDR feature of the TV. There is really only two consoles to consider - the Microsoft Xbox One X or Sony PlayStation 4. Both support 4K resolution for gaming, though this is still subjected to the game being able to support 4K resolution.
Cost: $599 (PS4 Pro) to $699 (Xbox One X)
Furnishings maketh room
A TV by itself is nothing until it has a matching furnishing. To complete the setup, it’s essential to pair the setup with the right sofa, TV console and coffee table, the three basic elements that accentuate and complement your TV.
The sofa, besides serving its primary purpose for you to sit comfortably as you enjoy a movie on your HDR-enabled TV, also fills the awkward space of the living room. There is such a thing as having too much space, as it creates an empty feeling to the setup. The coffee table and TV console serve a similar purpose, though both are optional depending on how you want the space to be filled.
Regardless of what you choose to place in the living room, the furnishing has to match the overall feel of your design theme. The TV, acting as the central piece, will determine the colour and design of the furnishing. Most TVs generally adopt a darker theme, so you’ll need a bright colour scheme to contrast and breathe life into the living room. Go with earthly colours, which adds a slight contrast without an overpowering hue.
To reiterate, the choice of furnishing can be narrowed down to three distinct categories - sofa, coffee table and TV console. But unlike a TV, which is easier to narrow down based on its specifications, choosing the furnishing is a very subjective experience. To get you started,
Estimated cost: between $1,000 to $5,000
Create the ultimate living room setup with COURTS Flexi Plans
Remember, the whole point of going all out is that you can own this amazing set up and manage the cost over an extended period. The total cost of the suggested package ranges from $13,000 to almost $20,000. But with COURTS Flexi Plans, you can create the ultimate living room setup with the best COURTS has to offer, and manage the furnishing cost easily through monthly payments. What’s more, you are looking at a fuss-free payment solution with:
- No minimum income required
- No cash down payment, and
- Repayment periods of up to 72 months
Get your dream home set up now with the COURTS Flexi Plans.
This article was written in collaboration with COURTS to help you create the ultimate living room setup.