There are some true satisfaction points of building a home where you feel like your house has reached perfection, home theatre is one of them. Once you are done with the rest of your house and still have money in the bank. It’s time to invest in your entertainment. After all, everyone needs a home theatre room, right?
But, setting up a home theatre is more than just a couch and a screen. It requires careful planning to truly achieve the desired ambiance. From lighting to projectors to nearby snacks, etc, it needs careful planning. Let’s look at some tips to help us make the home theatre of our dreams:
1. Dedicated Room
The number one rule to designing a home theatre system would be to dedicate it to its own space although a lot of people lean towards using the home theatre room for several activities the problem is that it kills/lessens the ambiance of the room. Home theatre nowadays means from sources like Amazon Netflix, Hulu, etc which makes people use shared rooms.
For example, if you share your home theatre as a living room where kids are running around light is difficult to control, which is very important for a home theatre room. If you have a spare bedroom its will work fine, just remember that you would need at least a 14-foot distance to cast a 150-inch diagonal picture through a projector. As long as it’s not hurting the eyes the room should be fine.
2. Control the Light
Ambient light refers to the light coming from other sources such as other bedrooms windows etc. In-home remodeling projects we typically invest time and money into bringing in more light inside the house. But with home theatres, it is of vital importance to keep the light from other rooms away light leaks kill video projection and makes flat viewing less enjoyable. If you have ambient light inside your house and there is no way to control it, you would need a lumens rating projector to fight the ambient light. The best way is to choose a room or a spot that doesn’t have an ambient, to begin with, if you can’t block the light naturally use curtains shades etc because lumens are expensive.
3. Seating & Viewing
The second most important thing while planning a home theatre is a seating arrangement. Nobody should be too far from the screen or too close to the screen or their screen shouldn’t be blocked. Elevated seats are a good option but it cannot be directly used inside homes and it’s only the luxury of the cinema space. Our goal is to raise the seat so that nobody’s view is blocked, even a 6-inch boost to each seat can be enough to clear the sightlines of the one sitting behind you. Distance from the screen is usually measured through the size of the projection you want to do and the size of the room. For example, In a normal bedroom sitting in front of a 55-inch screen can overwhelm the eyes of the closet one. Moreover, seating does not need to be a home theatre style sofa or couches, it can be anything that feels comfortable and doesn’t obstruct the view.
4. Control the Sound
To achieve the perfect home theatre room, we have to control the sound. The sound does not need to bounce off ceilings, walls, and floors which is very common in a home theatre room since it does not contain anything else except a projector and comfortable seating. Try going for wall carpeting but if wall carpeting isn’t your thing remember that it reduces sound and you might want to experiment a little with your home theatre. Moreover, soft and cushy sittings can also absorb a lot of noise so make sure to invest in good furniture as well. If you are in the middle of your home remodeling project you might want to add a second layer of drywall or sound-reducing wallboards inside your home theatre. Make sure to install solid doors inside the room instead of hollow ones and put thicker curtains on your theatre room windows.
Home theatre might feel like a luxury but if you are a movie buff or want to spend some money on family time inside the house, this is the way to go. Remember you don’t need to break the bank for this, it only needs careful planning. We hope the above tips will help you achieve your dream home theatre room. Let us know some other tips that have worked for you while designing your home theatre.