If you have the space for it, a home theater in the home can be the perfect place for socializing, relaxing, or enjoy a comfy family night with your loved ones. However, there’s a little more involved than just making space for a TV and some seats. If you’re going to do it, do it right, with an experience to rival any of your local cinemas.
Find the right space
Choosing a room with a little more space is essential if you want a real home theater. The position of the seating to the screen is perhaps the most important reason of all. A good layout means your seats are going to need some space for the screen so it’s visible to all without any heads in the way. That means choosing a wall-mounted TV or installing your own brackets and shelves to elevate it. Otherwise, it could mean that you, your family, and guests are going to have to uncomfortable crane your neck down or up to actually see the full thing.
Sound some ideas
The sound quality and acoustic experience is the second most important part of being able to fully enjoy and immerse oneself in the home theater experience. If you have a smaller room that doesn’t offer many placement options, then a soundbar can give much more reach than standard TV speakers. If you can, however, go with surround sound, placing the speakers out so they form a triangle with the TV, capturing all the seats and viewers in the center of the triangle. You might want to invest in some acoustic wall tiles so that the sound doesn’t become too disruptive to others in the home, too.
Make comfort a priority
Watching a movie often involves spending up to two or three hours seated for the whole period. You need to make sure that you’re providing a comfortable seating experience. For that, it might be a good idea to go with a less conventional option like an oversized bean bag lounger. Formless as they might seem, they actually provide plenty of posture support without being too rigid. Be careful of carpets if you have kids, however, and opt for clean wooden floors with rugs directly under the seats instead.
Screen the screens
The choice of screen matters just as much as where you put it. Screens that are too small are going to force people to look at them from awkward angles. You need to also consider the factor of glare. While curved TVs aren’t the most popular choice at the moment, they do eliminate both those options. So, too, do projectors, but they often aren’t the most intuitive of devices and they have the obvious drawback of being easily disrupted by any moment in front of the devices.
With the times above, you should have the perfect home cinema ready to go. All that’s left to do is get the popcorn in the microwave and start arguing about what movie you’ll watch first.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.