Not too many homeowners have the extra room available to devote to a shrine to the cinematic arts, but if you happen to be a card-carrying cinephile, then maybe you’re willing to give up a home office or finish your basement or attic in order to create a room that delivers the movie-going experience. We are, of course, talking about building a home theater. And lest you think that a flatscreen and some heavy-duty drapes will turn your average room into a home theater, you should know that it takes a lot more to mimic the theater-going experience in the comfort of your own home. Here are just a few design tips that should help to turn your average spare room or basement into an incredible home theater.
- Getting started. The first thing you need to do is select a space in your home that is large enough to house a small audience (or at least your family members and a few friends). The ideal spot in most homes is the basement since it’s often a large, unused space and it’s already darker than the rest of the home due to fewer and smaller windows. An attic space could also suffice, as could a formal living room that most families neither need nor use anymore. In a pinch, an extra bedroom could work, but you won’t be screening movies for many viewers, you’ll have to limit the size of your screen, and surround sound likely won’t work very well. From there you need to consider how to set the mood with plush carpeting and an appropriately dark paint color.
- Consider acoustics. The sound is an important part of the movie-going experience and you need to do your best to create the surround sound that theaters are famous for. This is often easily accomplished with kits that provide you with all the necessary speakers and wiring (unless you choose wireless options for ease of installation). However, you might also want to consider adding soundproofing panels to walls to insulate the room, stopping the sound from bouncing and allowing you to crank the volume without disturbing those outside the room.
- Consider lighting. You might be more concerned about keeping light out when you’re screening films, and you’ll find that custom-fitted blackout shades are the way to go, unless you feel like going for all-around drapery to cover windows and walls. As for the lighting inside, recessed cans on a dimmer switch will suffice, although you could also install wall sconces to emulate the look of an actual theater interior.
- Proper seating. There are a couple of ways you can go with seating. If you have a lot of room, as with a large, open basement, you could go with rows of recliners (complete with tables and cup holders in between) that are made for modern home theaters. Of if your space is smaller, consider looking for antique theater seats that have been salvaged from older theaters and refurbished. Either way, you should also think about installing a platform for tiered seating.
- Review electronics. When it comes to any home theater, the screen is the piece de résistance. So you’ll want to consider both wall-mounted, flatscreen monitors and projectors paired with pull-down screens, keeping your space in mind, before you make your purchase. And when you use an experienced electronics dealer like Firmus Electronics, LLC, you’ll not only get the advice you need to choose suitable electronics, but also a price you can afford and complete installation of your products.