A devoted movie room, particularly one with high-tech video and audio, is a highly coveted amenity these days. No matter if you are remodeling your home or purchasing a new one, you will want to put a lot of thought and planning into your home cinema. A devoted space with framed in walls is best for a home movie room. Consider working with a professional contractor who has the expertise to build shelves, cubbies or insets for equipment and speakers.  Be sure to have all components such as speakers, wiring, lighting, etc on hand before you build the room to make certain that everything is concealed or showcased as desired.

When it comes to home theaters, there is a lot to think about. For instance, the cost of the home cinema that can be expensive. Furthermore, there are hundreds of speaker options. With all these choices and considerations, designing your home movie room can be overwhelming. Fortunately, with a few guidelines, even a person with zero tech smarts can put together a great home movie experience. Here is everything you need to 

Home Theater System Planning

If you are planning on creating a home theater, location is the first and most important decision you will need to make. This is easiest if you are in the process of designing an entirely new home. Building a theater in an already existing home will lead to a few construction issues, and you will have to be creative. If you can afford it, and you have enough space, you might want to consider adding a room on. Remodeling the basement or garage to suit your home movie needs is also a good option. If none of those choices are workable, select an existing room that is big enough to transform into a theater. 

The room should have few to no windows, no closets, and only one or two doors. There should also be ample room for seating. Home theaters should be able to access video and audio content from a large variety of sources such as:

  • Broadcast TV
  • Cable and satellite services
  • Blu-ray Discs
  • Internet
  • Digital and video cameras
  • DVDs and CDs
  • iPods/iPads and portable devices

Be sure to make an equipment checklist of everything you need. This will serve as your shopping list and planning tool and a starting point for a home cinema blueprint.

SELECTING THE ROOM

Think about the room location and construction options. Once you choose which room to use, or the room to build, you can draw a blueprint of the room showing where equipment and seating will be. The ideal characteristics of the room include:

  • Only one or two doors
  • Little to no outside light
  • Sound isolation from neighbors and other rooms
  • Adequate size for appropriate viewing distances and desired seating
room aesthetics

If building or designing a new home, or creating an addition to your current home, you need to carefully consider the home theater location because of the unique aspects it demands. If you are using an existing room, use the equipment checklist to find remodeling problems right away.

NOISE AND SIZE

When selecting a room, make certain that sound and vibration doesn't disturb your neighbors or other people in the home not watching the movie. For instance, it is not a good idea to place a home theater beside a nursery.
noise and sounds

If noise escaping the room is a problem, make use of dampening and sound isolating materials. If you will use a projector, the ceiling should be high enough to elevate the projector high above everyone's heads. Projectors have loud, distracting fans and produce heat. The room ought to be deep and narrow and seating should be arranged in a fashion not much wider than the screen.

MAKE A HOME THEATER BLUEPRINT

Once you have chosen the location for your theater, use your equipment list to create a blueprint of the room. This will help you determine if this is a remodeling job you can do yourself, or if you need a contractor. You can also begin shopping for equipment.
Floorplan of the room

Beginning with the inside dimensions, note exterior and interior walls and existing access points to the Internet or cable. Show the placement of devices and seating. Next, add construction tasks like lighting locations and wiring runs.

With a different color, draw the light fixtures onto the blueprint. Show the difference between ambient and primary lighting. Describe lighting in terms that a contractor will understand like "recessed", "directional" or "spots."

SIGNIFICANCE OF PLANNING

While exciting, building a home movie room is not a task to be taken lightly by any means. It is a complex project that requires a great deal of involvement and consideration. That is why it is important to plan the entire room ahead of time and make a list of everything you need. Before you gather and mount all the various gadgets required to produce the perfect home cinema experience, you need to know and carefully consider all the steps.

10 ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR HOME THEATERS

Home theaters need a variety of equipment and devices. Here is a list of 10 must-have items for the ultimate home movie experience.

Television or Projector


For a true theater experience, you need a large screen to view movies on. You can choose between a projector or a large screen television. TVs are available in resolution displays of 720p, 1080p or 4K Ultra HD. Projectors are best used in a room that can be completely light controlled. These devices can be optimized to suit large or small rooms and, like TVs, are available in 720p 1080p and 4K display options.

DVD PLAYERS AND STREAMING DEVICES


You will also need something from which to play the movies. This could be a DVD player, a streaming device or both. You could choose a basic DVD player, or opt for a Blu-ray or ultra HD Blu-ray DVD player. If your TV does not have a built-in streaming device, the options include Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV stick, and NVIDIA Shield, to name a few.

COMFORTABLE SEATING


home theater sofa

Of course, the best home theaters have comfortable seating. There is a vast variety of home theater recliners to choose from. Look for features such as built-in cup holders and accessory docks. For added comfort, you might also want to include a luxurious and spacious sectional sofa.

UNIVERSAL REMOTE


Home theaters are equipped with numerous devices and every one of them has its own remote. This can easily add up to six or more different control devices. It's easy to see that management and control can quickly become quite confusing. The solution is to get a single universal remote that controls everything.

SOUND SYSTEM


Home theaters are equipped with numerous devices and every one of them has its own remote. This can easily add up to six or more different control devices. It's easy to see that management and control can quickly become quite confusing. The solution is to get a single universal remote that controls everything.


You have four basic options for your home movie audio system. These include:

  • Soundbar:
    A long narrow bar with multiple loudspeaker drivers that fits under your TV.
  • Home-theater-in-a-box:
    5 surround sound speakers, a subwoofer and a disc player/amplifier
  • Component separates:
    Component systems that use a separate preamplifier/processor and power amplifiers in place of the receiver
  • Component System:
    Video/audio receiver, speakers and source components such as a disc player

POPCORN POPPER


Just like hot dogs go with the ballpark experience, popcorn is part of the movie experience. So, to enhance your home movie experience and add a touch of charm to your theater, be sure to include a quality popcorn popper.

SURGE PROTECTOR


Although they may not add to the ambiance of the experience, and they don't contribute to comfort or decor, surge protectors are very important for home theaters. A brownout or power failure could occur at any time, without warning. So, having surge protection is crucial.

CINEMA STYLE LIGHTING


home theater lighting

The right lighting sets the mood and makes the experience more authentic. Wall sconces create the best cinema-style lightning and are available in flat, unobtrusive styles. For better lighting control, install a dimmer switch.

GAMING CONSOLE


In today's world, no home cinema is complete without a gaming console. A good console, such as Xbox One or PS4 will allow you to watch DVDs, play games or stream movies all from one device. Your home theater is also a great place to indulge in your favorite vintage consoles such as Atari.

CONNECTION CABLES


cables

In order to work, home theaters must have everything connected. Make sure you have all the necessary connection cables and stock them in assorted lengths. Also, double check to make sure everything is connected properly.

Conclusion

Home theaters are a great place to chill out with family and friends while having fun. Fortunately, there is an assortment of cost-friendly home cinema technology, making it possible to transform a spare room into a top-notch media room without breaking the bank. Keep in mind though that designing a home cinema is not easy. It requires a good amount of thought and effort. Luckily, through the use of helpful tips and ideas, you can complete the project without any problems. Hopefully, this guide will help you create a functional and stunning home theater you will love.

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