How To Plan a Theater Room

The best things in life usually start with a plan; a home theater should be no exception.  Planning a home theater can either bring you hours of enjoyment, or make you pull your hair out and start again.

You should plan every aspect of your theater room, including furnishings and decorations.  Decorations will help transform the ambiance of the room, to induce a more visually appealing cinema feeling.  Decorations help create an atmosphere that improves your home theater experience.  The decorations should establish the overall design concept that you plan for your theater.

With this in mind, you may decorate your home theater room with a few movie posters and memorabilia from recent and classic films.  Using movie posters is an easy and effective way of bringing Hollywood magic to your home theater.

The following are further steps in planning a home theater room:

  • Map out the room size and furniture placement. Consider the screen size, the placement of audio equipment, and the location of the projector, mini-kitchen, seating arrangement, and size of couches or chairs.
  • Get the components that you need for your theater. You need a projector, screen, surround sound speakers, a receiver, players, a computer system, a switch/hub for intranet/Internet hookup of components, a buttkicker amplifier, remote control options, a DVR/cable box, and surge protectors for equipment protection. You may use other devices that you have as substitutes for components that you do not have. An example is using a Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) as a Blu-ray or DVD player.
  • Gather the right remotes. You may also use wireless keyboards for your computer system.
  • Control your room's lights. Use the remote controls in conjunction with managing lights. An colored light helps with mood lighting, which can add ambiance to the room. Some rope light placed beneath the base trim can be used to remake theater-style aisle lights.
  • Wire your theater's components correctly. Use the correct wires to connect the components. Also, consider running all power back to the component rack, which allows you to connect a surge protector that plugs the devices into the power conditioning units.
  • Choose a television for your theater room. Make sure all the secondary components are capable of the same video display resolution.
  • Settle on a room color. Flat and dark is a good idea. Dark maroon walls and a black ceiling are suggested for a theater room. Also look into paneling for your walls. This will determine the audio quality within the room and also helps in isolating the sound from outside rooms.

You must also decide on the furniture in your home theater.  Decide on the type of chair that you will use, as it should affect all the other areas of your theater room design. The number of seats installed will determine how much floor space you have.  The location of the seats will determine where all your equipment will go, considering sightlines to the screen.

After your careful planning, enjoy your home theater experience.


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