Family Room Ideas for High-Tech Living

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Family Room Ideas for High-Tech Living

Staff Writer · Dec 7, 2009

All family room ideas should take into account how the room will be used, before focusing on style. A close second to family room furniture should be technology. If your family needs help thinking through the room’s technological needs, consider these simple ideas for high-tech family rooms.

Computers with Wireless Internet

The one place you want computers with Internet access is in the family room. Pick a corner or window area to set up a computer area. This is a common area where many eyes, including yours, get to see what pages your children are viewing on the Internet.  You can easily monitor what online activities they’re engaging in. Set up the computers so that monitors are facing the room. Your children can do their homework on the computers, while they enjoy siblings and parents close by.

Your budget will determine how high-tech you want to get with your computers. You could go with a wireless Internet access so that two or more computers can gain easy access online. You could also reap the benefits of using your laptop in your bedroom if you go wireless. A great addition would be to set up a wireless all-in-one printer/scanner/copier/fax machine, making it easy for the whole family to complete school or business tasks.

Plug-in Motion Lights

One room design idea that will save you money is a plug-in motion sensor. Compare to many family rooms that don’t have one, having a motion sensor light that you can plug into the wall is pretty high-tech. These plug-in motion sensors turn on the lights when you enter or exit the room. Rather than leave the lights on all the time for children to go in and out, you can buy one of these to turn lights on only when someone is actually using the room. This is handy if you want to save money on your utility bills.

High Definition DVD Player

You should put your home theater in your family room for everyone to enjoy. This may also be your living room and so you need to consider the family room furniture you’ll need to either display or hide your electronics. For instance, you might install your flat screen above the mantle for all to see, or buy an entertainment home closet. Whatever design you choose, a high definition DVD player could be a good home addition to your high-tech family room theme. These can play high definition videos right in your home, that can be a fun alternative to going to the movies. It may will also help to cut down your entertainment expenses, bypassing fuel, tickets, sodas and popcorn costs.

You shouldn’t spend a lot of money on high-tech family room ideas. Start with what you have and upgrade as you can afford it. Write down your wish list and keep an eye out for good deals online, at stores or at moving sales. If you’re ever asked about gifts for the home, mention a few of these.

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