Setting up a home theater is something many homeowners dream about. What a lot of these homeowners don’t realize, however, is that adding a theater space to your home is more attainable than you might think. With just a little extra space and some creative planning, you can be well on your way to having your own home theater space.
Decide on the Home Theater Space
The first step is choosing the right space in your home to convert into your home theater. Spare bedrooms tend to work well here, as do finished basements and even family rooms or living rooms. Some criteria to look for in a potential home theater space includes:
- plenty of wall space (not a lot of windows and/or doors)
- isolation from sound and light
- enough room for at least a couple comfortable chairs or recliners
Once you’ve decided on your home theater space, you may need to do some cleaning and organizing. If you’ve been using that spare bedroom as catch-all storage, for example, you’ll need to clear out the space completely so it can be used as a dedicated home theater room.
Choose Your Electronics
Now, the fun really begins! It’s time to select the electronics and gadgets that will make your space come to life. From televisions and projector screens to a surround sound system and everything in between, the electronics you install in your home theater room will have a big impact.
When selecting gear for your home theater, be sure to consider the size and limitations of your space. If you’re working with a smaller space, for example, it may make more sense to install a retractable projector screen than it would to mount a large flat-screen TV. For speakers and other gear, you can also save space by installing and utilizing shelves for audio and visual equipment.
Hide Your Wiring
When it comes time to install all your electronics, take extra care to hide wiring as much as possible. Nothing makes a home theater space look sloppier than having wires hanging from the walls or running across the floor. This is where it will likely pay off to hire an experienced electrician or other audio/visual specialist to run wires behind walls while installing your equipment.
Big, comfortable chairs or recliners will really make your space feel like you’re at your local movie theater. Fit as much comfortable seating as you can into your space—and consider using stadium seating if you’ll be installing more than one row. This will ensure that everybody gets a great view no matter where they sit.
Consider Additional Touches
Finishing touches like a popcorn machine, framed posters from your favorite movies, and even a mini-bar can go a long way in creating a truly special home theater space. No matter what you may have in mind, our experienced and knowledgeable team at Cave Home Theater is here to help turn your home theater dreams into a reality!