5 Tips for Building the Perfect Home Theater Room
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to transform a regular room into a home theatre room. With a few fixture installations, you can create a domestic space where your family can enjoy a true movie experience without leaving the home.
If you’re thinking about building a home theatre, here are some simple steps to get you started.
Find a Suitable Area
A suitable home theatre space should be isolated from the rest of the house. It should be in a place that does not interrupt the business of the house. Also, it should be in areas that won’t lessen the cinematic experience – in a dedicated space that will only host screen-related activities.
An ideal space for a home theatre should also be rectangular. Rectangular rooms are better than square rooms as they allow more flexibility with seating arrangements. Some spaces that you may consider for your home theatre room include the basement and a spare bedroom.
Control the Ambient Light
Lighting is an extremely important consideration for a home theatre. Ambient light is light from other sources outside the theatre room such as from outdoors, other rooms or through windows. Your theatre space is a place where you want to limit ambient light since it weakens the video projection and makes flat screen viewing unpleasant. A good way to eliminate ambient light is to choose a space with little light such as the basement. If your home theatre is already in a different room, use blackout curtains and drapes to limit the light. Alternatively if you’re using a projector and screen combo you can get an ambient light rejecting projection screen. These screens absorb the ambient light of the room while only reflecting the light from the projector back to the viewer.
Remember, if you’re adding new electrical components or replacing old ones, it’s best to hire a qualified electrician to do the work for you. Not only will this be quicker, and offer a great end result, but it will be safer too, allowing you to enjoy your theatre room to the utmost.
Control the Ambient Sound
Ambient sound is sound coming from the outside of the home theatre room. Sounds from outside the theatre room like kids shouting in other rooms, kitchen noises, and dishwasher noises can disrupt your movie-watching experience.
To control outside noise, consider soundproofing the room by using special sound-reducing wallboard or adding a layer of drywall. You can also replace hollow-core doors with solid ones and standard curtains with sound absorbing curtains.
If you’re looking to soundproof your Surrey home cinema, Custom Controls (UK) Ltd. can help with that. The company can wrap a full acoustic fleece and install a fabric walling to your home theatre space to prevent outside noise from entering the theatre room.
Build a Proper A/V Component Rack
The audio-visual component rack is the central area that controls all the entertainment-related activities in the theatre room. It should, therefore, have enough space for all the A/V equipment and media and an open shelf design to prevent excessive heat build-up.
Plan for Proper Viewing and Seating
Seating plays an important part in how you can focus on the screen. If you have a dedicated cinema space, consider tiered seating. If the theatre is not in a dedicated room, just go for seats that do not have a high back that may block the screen for other viewers. Also, be sure to use comfy sofas, laid-back chairs or bean bags for an authentic theatre seating.
By following these five tips, you’ll be on your way to creating a home cinema that’s worthy of all the time you’ll spend in it.