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Home Entertainment Buying Guide

Entertainment is a big part of everyone's life. Watching TV, movies, videogaming and listening to music are the lifeblood of the home. These activities provide the backdrop for every gathering and a necessary way to let off steam. Everyone's got their hangout space, and there are as many types of hangout spaces as there are people. We've narrowed it down to four big categories of Home Entertainment Space to help you find perfect furniture for unwinding.

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Home Entertainment Spaces

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Hodan - Marble Sofa Chaise
by Signature Design by Ashley
SKU: 000007970018

The Living Room
The Formal Gathering Place

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Slightly formal and sightly casual, the living room is a space for gathering people together. It's a versatile space that's used for entertainment and family get-togethers as much as its used for catching up on favorite TV programs. The Living Room for Today is a space for style and comfort just as much as entertainment, so you'll want to look for fashionable and comfortable seating that fits a number of people as well as a TV stand or wall unit with plenty of space for family photos and decorative accents.

Paramount DuraBlend® - Brindle Power 3-Piece Home Theater Group
by Signature Design by Ashley
SKU: 7640106x3

The Man Cave
A Spot Especially for Him

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Every guy needs his own retreat where he can escape daily stresses with some well-deserved guy time. Think of the Man Cave as the opposite of the living room - it's a completely casual space dominated by comfort, hobbies and memorabilia, and entertainment technology. For guys who crave movies, TV, or sports, the Man Cave is a multi-functional entertainment space that's characterized by tech-savvy accessories like USB charging ports, lay-flat or infinite position recliners, massage, power adjusting headrests, or speakers built right into the furniture.

Brolayne DuraBlend® 3-Piece Reclining Sectional
by Signature Design by Ashley
SKU: 8320288+77+94

Home Movie Theater
Comfort Meets Tech

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A luxury home theater to rival the spendy multiplex movie theaters. You have the space and resources, so you want the whole shebang. A bigscreen TV or projector. A surround-sound system with five or more speakers, a receiver, and subwoofer. A multi-seat reclining theater sectional with cupholders. Power reclining sectionals that are in a straight, forward-facing line or an L-shaped configuration are the preferred seating for the Home Movie Theater.

Keeblen Wall Unit
by Signature Design by Ashley
SKU: W678-23+20+25+24

Family Room/Rec Room
A Casual Gathering and Hangout Space

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This room is a more casual hangout space than the Living Room. Decorating this room in style is important, but style takes a backseat to comfort. This space is about lounging, watching TV, playing games, and entertaining close friends. The family room might not be the first room you show off to make a fashionable first impression, but there's no better place for unwinding. Look for furniture that's heavy on comfort but also incorporates functional features like storage and versatile seating for entertaining.

Tips: Shopping for Storage

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TV Stand with Open Doors and Drawers

TV Stands

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  • Storage and display space is enough for a couple media players and a few movies, not large collections
  • Keep unsightly electronics out of sight with closed doors and drawers
  • Look for adjustable shelving and cord openings in the back of the case to make device set-up easier
Media Wall Unit with Drop-Front Drawer

Wall Units

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  • Wall units are modular storage solutions that consist of two or more pieces
  • Entertainment walls include an open TV compartment in the center and additional pieces like side "pier" bookcases and storage hutches
  • These versatile storage solutions can be used to store a high tech sound system or display art, family photos, and books
  • Consider your needs and look for features like closed storage doors/drawers, LED display lighting, and open storage for media players and soundbars
TV Stand with Fireplace

Fireplace Units

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  • Cozy and welcoming heat with a fireplace panel inset into your TV stand
  • The fireplace insert is safe to use next to your electronic devices as there is no flame, embers, or gas emissions
  • Many inserts come standard with safe-touch glass, ensuring it's safe if little fingers come in contact with the fireplace insert
  • Enjoy the flame animation any time of the year by turning off the heat feature

Tips: Shopping for Seating

Corner Sectional Sofa with Ottoman

Sectional Sofas - Non Recline

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  • Modular sections make delivery and set-up easier
  • Make sure you measure for your room, but don't forget to take into consideration how many people you want to seat
  • Tailor your design with fabrics and leathers that look and feel great. Don't forget the complementing toss pillows!
Reclining Sectional with Open Chaise

Sectional Sofas - Reclining

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  • Many reclining sectionals also allow you to remove the back of each reclining chair for easier delivery
  • Modular reclining sectionals include two or more reclining seats, some sectionals include special armless center pieces that also recline
  • For households with kids, pets, or frequent crowds or houseguests, look for durable leathers or performance fabric covers
  • Upgrade to high tech and high comfort Power Recline
Reclining Loveseat with Snack and Drinks in Cupholders

Reclining Sofas with Cupholders

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  • Keep your beverages and sofa safe from coming into contact with built-in cupholders
  • Cupholder center consoles also include closed storage for remote controls and video game controllers
  • Power reclining pieces with cupholders sometimes include built-in movie theater lighting
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Recliners with USB Port

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  • power recliners need to be plugged in, so many power recliners now include a handy USB charging port
  • Keep your phone battery topped up at all times, or watch a streaming movie on your tablet while you relax in your recliner
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Adjustable Headrest Recliners

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  • Ergonomic headrests adjust so you can find the perfect position for watching TV while your seat back is reclined
  • This feature is only available on power reclining pieces including chairs and some sofas
Recliner with Light-Up Cupholders

Sofas with Theater Lighting

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  • You don't need to turn up the "house lights" and ruin your movie every time you go to get a snack, you can easily find your way around with movie theater lighting
  • Soft, colored or white light creates a gentle glow
  • Lighting comes from either on the sides of the cupholders, the back of the center console, or floor lighting underneath the reclining chaise
  • Only available on power pieces
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