With the colder months ahead and plenty of opportunities for cosy evenings in, take inspiration from this room revamp.
Hari Josh, 25, a dad-of-one and retail manager from Shropshire, has been in the process of renovating his home.
And his most recent project was to turn a dated chimney breast into a media wall.
The project could have cost Hari more than £1,000 if he had got a professional to do it, but he managed it for much less.
Hari told money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk: “Since moving in, we hated the angled chimney breast. It made the room really hard to furnish and we wanted the room to feel modern.”
But because of the cost, he says it wasn’t possible to have it removed. So they came up with the idea of a media wall.
“A friend who is a carpenter agreed to help us build the wall which was a godsend as we didn’t have a clue where to start,” he explained.
“We built the frame of the wall and measured out where we wanted to display boxes. We wanted it very symmetrical so after mapping it all out we built the frame.
“After this, we built MDF boxes to slot into the desired spaces. We then applied the fire retardant plasterboard to the wall.
“We had electrical sockets in this area so electrics weren’t an issue. After this, the wall was plastered and the electrician then added in the downlighters.
‘While the plaster was drying, we measured out the wall and spacing then popped to B&Q and bought four sheets of 9mm MDF and had them cut down for free there.
“The panelling was super easy to do and was stuck to the wall with No More Nails glue and tack nails. We then caulked around the wood to fill in the gaps and then gave the wood a whitewash. Once dried, we then painted it with the Dulux Sapphire Salute paint.
“Next was the accessories. We went for silver and blue accessories which were purchased from Dunelm, B&M, TK Maxx and The Range.
“The coffee table and side table were both from Ikea costing £50 for both. These only came in black so we spray painted them silver.
“After allowing the plaster to dry and settle we then painted the new wall with Dulux Goose Down.
“The total costs were £600 for the wall including the materials and electrician, £60 for the panelling, and £250 for the furniture and accessories.
“I know people might wonder how we access the electrics. This is done through from pulling out the TV which is on a pull-out bracket.
“The fire is bioethanol so requires neither gas nor electric and runs on bioethanol fuel. The TV is housed inside an MDF box slightly recessed in the wall so the heat doesn’t affect the TV!”
Hari, who shares his home transformations on Instagram at @house_number_twelve, is delighted with the finished look of his slick home cinema and says planning is essential to get the look right.
“For anyone wanting to achieve this, I’d say make sure you get a plan drawn out and think of practicality when choosing the height of your TV, as originally the TV was higher and would’ve been too high to watch from the sofa,” he adds.
“We originally had some quotes off a few builders. The wall itself was being quoted at £900, but we did it for £600. The wall panelling we originally found online at a cost of £200, but we got it ourselves for £60.
“We saved more than £450 by doing it ourselves, plus if I factored in a decorator it would have been even more.
“We always find DIY so rewarding and this has definitely been a job that’s paid off in the end. Saving money has to be a bonus for anyone.
“The finished results turned out much better than I could’ve imagined. It’s made the room feel bigger and brighter.”
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, comments: “A double whammy of a cold winter and another lockdown means many of us will be spending more time than usual rewatching our favourite shows, whether Game of Thrones, Friends or The Sopranos.
“Hari’s amazing home cinema demonstrates how you can do this in style with some clever reconfiguring of an existing wall, some B&Q wood and some very stylish accessories – all without spending a fortune.”