To have a home theater in your own home is a part of the modern American Dream. Close your eyes and picture yourself enjoying movies with your family or watching the big game with your friends on the big screen in your very own house. Everyone would want to be there!
Maybe your idea of a dream home theater room incorporates unique seating options such as beds, couches, or bean bags, or maybe you envision a traditional home theater design. If you’ve dismissed the idea of setting one up because you lack the space, it’s time to reconsider. Whether you’re working with 1,500 square feet or 150, setting up a home theater can be done anywhere with the right elements and by following these tips.
Choose a Room When you’re choosing a room to designate as your home theater, there are certain characteristics you need to consider, including the shape of the room, the type of flooring, and the walls and windows.
Ideally, your home theater room should be rectangular and the floors should have wall to wall carpeting. The walls should be comprised of drywall. If you have concrete or wood walls, you should cover them with acoustic wall panels or carpet tiles. The screen and speakers would be placed along a shorter wall in order to project the sound best. There should not be any windows in the room, but if you have to use a room with some windows, you can use blackout shades to get rid of the light and heavy curtains to avoid reflecting sounds.
Choose a Theme You may choose to follow a theme for your home theater design. This can be as classic and elegant or fun and extravagant as you wish, but for the best viewing experience, there are some general rules you should follow.
Always use flat or anti-reflective paint on the walls, and choose colors that are dark, earthy, or neutral. Bright colors can distract the eye and reflect light, while red and blue affect the ambient light in the room, which in turn affects the screen color.
You may incorporate stone, wood, or other natural elements into your theme, but never use glass or framed artwork as it will surely disrupt the quality of the sound.
Seating Options You can have a lot of fun choosing the seating for your home theater room. Remember, you don’t need to go traditional, although traditional home theater seating is very comfortable and classic.
If you want to go with something different, such as sofas, beds, bean bags, or even a cushioned floor, just remember the consider the viewing angle of the screen and mount the screen accordingly. The distance between your seats and the screen should be 2-3 times the diagonal width of the screen, and the center should remain at eye-level.
Conclusion You don’t need to have a movie theater sized room to create a home theater design at home, so get planning and be ready to host your friends during your next movie night!