Having a home theater room can be considered as the icing on the cake of your home remodeling. This project usually comes after the other essential home improvement tasks have been taken care of, like installing floors, fixing the roof, or fixing the window. This may be a costly project, but the rewards of having a room dedicated to entertainment like a theater room are well worth it. A home theater room doesn’t just have a sofa and a TV screen. There are certain factors to consider to make it a perfect one and we’ll share 6 useful tips as you read below.
1. Find an Exclusive Space for a Theater Room
For a wholesome and uninterrupted entertainment experience, the first thing to consider is that space should not be intermixed with other daily household activities. When it does share space with other activities, your video and audio experience just won’t be completely satisfactory. Be sure that the space you are selecting is wide and long enough to have sufficient distance from the screen and to have ambient sound experience. A spare room, painter’s workplace, or a part of the garage can be good locations, as long as they are at least 12 sq ft wide.
2.Maximize the Use of the Theater Room Space
Even if the space you selected has a wide area, you still need to make sure that your entertainment system doesn’t get crowded once you install them. Aside from the sofa, the TV and speakers take up a large chunk of the room’s area. Conserving room space can be achieved by using in-wall or on-wall install speakers instead of bulky ones placed near the TV. A few feet or inches of saved theater room space using this speaker can allow you to move more freely and gives room for additional installations in the future. Also, speakers that are close to or part of the wall can greatly enhance the reverberation and surround sound effect, which levels up your cinematic and music experience.
3.Control the Room’s Lighting
While ambient light is necessary for other rooms and living spaces in the house, the opposite can be said about home theater rooms. Remember that you are recreating a cinematic feel within the room, and ambient light, or light that comes from outside the theater room, can interfere with screen viewing, whether from a TV or a projector. Rooms that are already designed with limited lights, like basements and garage spaces are good finds, but if your chosen room still has ambient lights, you can improvise by installing shades or opaque curtains.
4.Regulate the Room’s Sounds
It’s not just enough to focus on enhancing the sound output within the home theater room. Ambient sound or the sound coming from outside the home theater can affect the viewing and listening experience. Sound and noise can be transmitted through surfaces, unlike light. Thus, even with a fully covered room, you’ll hear noises from the adjacent rooms or hallway emanating from your wall. For a great auditory experience, you can soundproof your room by adding acoustic wallboard or panels. Also, using solid doors can greatly minimize the transmission of outside noises and sounds.
5.Manage the Room’s Ventilation
Ventilation management in a home theater room benefits both the occupants and the entertainment components. Properly placed fans or overhead AC units can help occupants feel comfortable and the heat generated by the audio-visual (A/V) system and its components can be easily dissipated. Excessive heat buildup can damage the internal circuitry of these components and can shorten the lifespan of your entertainment system. If you are using an A/V rack, choose one that has an open design and a grid platform to promote ventilation.
6. Plan the Room’s Seating
A perfect home theater experience comes from seeing the video screen at a comfortable and unobstructed distance. Depending on the number of occupants, you can replicate a tiered seating experience by raising the seats on a platform. This works well in a room with two or more rows of sofas. In a regular setting, placing your sofa in a comfortable spot facing toward the TV screen will do just fine, as long as all viewers get an unobstructed view.
Your dream home theater room setting can be achieved with planning and preparation. You’d most definitely want the best viewing experience within your home theater so it is wise to take into account some crucial factors. The perfect home theater room can be a subjective matter, but it most definitely involves being comfortable, entertained, and satisfied.