There’s no denying that today’s flat-screen TVs offer an immersive entertainment system. You can install them anywhere and get them set up within a matter of minutes. The thing is, while they contain an array of features, they aren’t in the same league as a home theater.
If you’ve decided that you’d like to invest some time and money into creating the ultimate home theater experience, you might be wondering how to get started and what considerations to make.
With that in mind, keep reading to learn more about how you can create your dream home theater:
Choose The Right Room
The first thing you need to do is select the right room for your ultimate home theater setup. As you can imagine, it makes sense to choose a space that is seldom used in your home. But, it should be a room that is easily accessible.
For example, you might have a basement that you never really use but feel that it would be the perfect place to set up a home theater. That’s because it’s out of the way, and it won’t affect the use of other rooms in your abode.
If you decide to convert your basement into a home theater room, you should make sure that it doesn’t flood – especially if your house is near a body of water like a lake or river. A waterproof basement is a must if you’re going to have a lot of electrical items in it.
Get It Soundproofed
The next step is to get your home theater room soundproofed, even if your house isn’t directly attached to neighboring homes. When watching a movie in your home theater, you’ll likely want to volume up high to get immersed in the cinematic experience.
As you can appreciate, some members of your household may want to do other things at home while you and perhaps other family members and friends enjoy watching a movie together.
What’s more, if your home is physically attached to an adjacent property, the last thing you want is for your neighbors to make noise complaints – or for you to hear noise from their properties while you’re trying to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster.
Soundproofing provides the ideal solution to those potential problems. When done right, soundproofing ensures that any amount of sound generated from your home theater doesn’t filter out to other parts of your home or neighboring properties.
You will also enjoy complete silence in your home theater room when you’re not watching any movies, and so it can also make the perfect retreat for family members that want somewhere peaceful and quiet to go when they want to be alone or have time to reflect.
Upgrade All Electrical Connections
Once you’ve sorted the soundproofing and can guarantee nearby bodies of water won’t flood into your home theater room, the next step is to upgrade all your electrical connections.
Home theaters require a lot of power sockets for various AV equipment and other items, and there likely aren’t many electrical connections available. What’s more, you’ll also need data connections for Internet and local area network access, some of which may need power.
Consider hiring an electrical contractor to come and survey your home theater room. They can recommend solutions that will meet your needs and offer future expansion capabilities. Moreover, using a contractor means you can be sure that all work gets done correctly.
Improve The Lighting
After or perhaps during any electrical upgrades, it makes sense to look at your existing lighting setup and make any necessary improvements. For example, you might want to add a home lighting setup that lets you automate certain functions or provide dimmable lighting.
You may also discover that your existing lights are in the wrong places for your home theater, or you might need different types of lighting that fit in with your plans.
It makes sense for any lighting improvements that you want to get carried out by the same contractor that you use for your electrical upgrades. That way, they can ensure everything gets tested and works correctly together.
Consider LED lighting for your home theater as it offers crisper lighting and keeps your energy bill costs low due to its low power consumption.
Choose A Theme For Your Home Theater
By now, your home theater is starting to take shape. However, you’re still left with a shell of a room that is nowhere near ready for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy. So, with that in mind, what else is there to do?
The next stage is to consider a theme for your home theater. For example, would you like a modern cinematic theme or decor, or would you prefer a more retro feel that incorporates Art Deco elements from the movie theaters of yesteryear?
Your theme should include wall and ceiling colors, carpets, decor such as paintings or posters, plants, and other decorative items.
Buy Some Awesome Furniture
Once your walls, floors, and ceilings meet with your approval, you will then need to add some fantastic furniture. It makes sense to buy some comfortable sofas and armchairs so that you can consistently offer the proper viewing experience depending on who’s there.
Don’t make the mistake of buying furniture online without checking them out in person first. Otherwise, you could end up with items that either don’t fit in your home theater or just don’t look right.
Invest In The Right AV Equipment
Last but not least, you need to spend some time researching and buying the right AV equipment for your home theater. That means determining whether you want a large screen TV or a projector setup and selecting the best amplified sound system.
You should always aim for the best equipment you can buy for your budget, as saving money by purchasing lower-quality items could be a compromise too far.
Creating the ultimate cinematic experience in your home isn’t as big a project as you might expect. All you need to do is research what you’d like to buy and your vision of your dream home theater, and the rest will fall into place. Good luck!