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How to Design a Perfect Home Theater

Apr 18, 2019

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Once you find some spare space in your home to turn into a home theater, you start playing scenarios in your head. You can imagine your family film nights or your friends dropping by to watch the latest episode of your favorite TV show on Sunday evening. The experience will be amazing, you’re sure of it. However, there’s just one problem. You know approximately what you want your home theater to look like, but you have no idea where to start. So, in case you’re looking for some valuable advice and tips, here’s all the information you need to make your home theater an ideal one.

Choosing the room

The room you pick for your home theater has to meet certain requirements. For one, it has to be long enough for the seats to be at a certain distance from the screen, so that you can fully enjoy the big screen. About 4.5 meters or more would do. The shape of the room also makes a difference, so if you have a room which is rectangular, rather than square, choose that one. Furthermore, the room which you’ll turn into a home theater should be a dark one, so make sure it hasn’t got too many windows and that they aren’t big. If there are windows, install blinds and put up blackout curtains on them to block the light and also to avoid sound reflecting off the glass. Finally, the room you pick can even be in a basement or an attic. It’s preferable to find a space as far away from bedrooms and the living room as possible, since you don’t want the sound of the theater to disturb the everyday activities of your family members.

Preparing the room

Before you install the video and sound systems, you might want to prepare the room for it. The first thing you should do is isolate it with acoustic wall panels to make it soundproof. Although some sound will probably make it outside the room while you watch, you should aim at keeping it isolated enough not to wake up your children if you’re watching an action film with gunshots and explosions after their bedtime. You should continue by covering the floor with a thick wall-to-wall carpet for further insulation. Since this is a place where you’ll often entertain groups of people, you should consider good air conditioning and a premium, quiet commercial air purifier to keep the dust, allergens, smoke and bacteria out and the air in the room fresh. In case you want to paint the walls of your home theater yellow, red, orange, or anything else screaming with brightness, think twice. Those colors may be appealing to you, but they will reflect negatively on the viewer experience, since they’ll draw everybody’s attention away from the screen. Another thing you should do is pre-wire the lighting, surround sound and the video projector, so that the wires are hidden from view and you can install everything easily once the lighting, video and sound systems arrive. Make sure you hire a reliable electrician to do this for you, to avoid any mistakes.

Turning it into a cinema-like place

Once you’ve prepared everything, it’s time to set up the video and sound system, install the best possible lighting and to plan for the seating. As far as the size of the screen and the distance of the seats from it are concerned, some general rule is that the distance should be somewhere between 1.5 and 2 times the screen diagonal length. This also means that you should adjust the size of the screen to the size of the room, so that you maximize the watching experience for everybody. The speakers should be placed in just the perfect spots, in accordance with their manual, while the lighting should be controllable, so that you can turn it on, off or dim it to the exact brightness you want. This is why you should consider dimmers, rope lights and recessed lights. Another way to perfect the lighting is to paint the ceiling a darker color, such as gray, so that it doesn’t reflect light and influence the picture on the screen. Last, but not least, get comfortable seats, preferably leather recliners, with cup holders for that ultimate cinema feel. The seats should be placed so that the people sitting behind can see the screen without any obstacles. All you have to do then is add a popcorn machine and a few cool posters on the back wall and you’ll have your perfect home theater.

By creating a home theater, you’ll make your home a fun place where you’ll love spending time and inviting people. It’s an investment that will pay off in joy and excitement.