In the comfort of your own house with the convenience of a stocked kitchen nearby, watching a movie in a home theater is perhaps one of the best luxuries for any film buff, sports fan, or family. Converting a den, basement, or other room into a home theater is a fun project which can be done simply or become a major project depending on your vision for the finished room. With a bit of elbow grease and some creative ideas for the space this entertainment renovation can be completed in a couple of weekends.
Where to Start
First things first, figure out where to build the home theater. Once that is determined, it will be easier to plan out where different features should be placed, how big the couch or reclining chairs can be, and what size TV or projector screen to shop for.
If using a projector, it can be slightly trickier to find TV hook ups. Direct TV offers should be able to put the customer into contact with a specialist who can determine what type of equipment will be needed for a projector to work compatibly with television.
The type of lighting you use will also affect your projector screen. If the room is above ground with windows, natural light can be problematic during a daytime viewing. So be sure to invest in window treatments that will really darken the room when necessary.
Finally, plan out the equipment. Some of the most common elements you will want to include are:
•DVD or Blue-ray player
You will also want to keep smaller electronic equipment in mind like cables, surge protectors, a home theater receiver.
The Building Phase
Some home owners will think about sound proofing the room before converting the space into a home theater. This task involves on extra time and a larger budget, but for those who love their surround sound, this can prove a wise choice. Sound proofed areas allow for rocket-booming speakers without interrupting anything else happening in the house.
Other options during construction might be a built-in entertainment system, a new coat of paint to match the room’s new theme and installing carpets or just finding a few rugs to help enjoy the best quality sound.
Figuring Out Placement
Be sure to place the projector or TV in an area where there is little foot traffic. By putting the TV and chairs away from a door, no one will block the TV when entering and exiting.
Next, position the television at eye level or just below eye level. A common misconception is to place it higher on the wall. However, even if the neck is marginally tilted upwards to see, after a few hours this can place a strain on your viewers’ necks.
Most home theaters use a 7.1 surround sound system although there is now a 9.1 sound available, too. The difference comes from two extra speakers which the 9.1 version offers to separate more sounds out from one another. For example, if watching a movie with a helicopter scene, the helicopter sound will come out of those two extra speakers instead of competing with other sounds in the rest of the speakers.
However, 7.1 surround sound is less expensive and still provides an impressive listening experience. With speakers typically placed to the left, right, center, side surrounds, and rear surrounds, the viewer will feel completely immersed in the film. These speakers can be both wired or wireless, and can be easily attached to the walls with brackets.
The last step is furniture. Purchase reclining chairs or a reclining couch. This will add to the feel of a traditional movie theater while offering complete relaxation that beats movie theater seats any day.
The Final Step
When it is all installed, it is finally time to relax, enjoy, and immerse yourself in the experience of your new entertainment room.
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