How To Create A Great Home Theater
A home theatre can be a great way to spend time with your family and enjoy the latest blockbuster releases. Also a great selling point for any home, if you’re thinking about creating a home theatre to enjoy for you and your family, here are some hints and tips to ensure you get an authentic movie experience!
Choose The Perfect Room
Your home theatre should be located in a part of the house that is relatively isolated, as otherwise, it may disturb the other people in the house when in use. You could consider closing in space on the second-story or converting a spare bedroom that’s at least 12 by 12 feet.
You should also consider installing drywall and sound barriers in order to reduce the sound in the rest of the house even further.
How Loud Do You Want To Get?
If you live in an apartment, or a smaller house, you should probably be mindful of your neighbors and the amount of noise that you can make. Rather than buying an elaborate speaker system, you should consider investing in a sound-bar instead, or a simple pair of speakers and subwoofer.
If you want a simple speaker setup, choose powered speakers with inputs that can directly connect to your media devices. This can give you the cinema surround experience without getting overly technical or spending a small fortune. Of course, if you have the room and funds for a full speaker system (and no direct neighbors!) feel free to go all out!
Choose A Projector
A home theatre room needs a projector, and there are plenty of options on the market.
Home theater projectors brightness is measured in lumens, and they generally start at 1000 lumens, going upwards to 2500 lumens and more. Depending on your viewing environment, you may need a projector with more or fewer lumens. Rooms that are explicitly designed as home theaters generally do not require as many lumens as space with ambient lighting from windows.
The life of the projector lamp will also affect the quality of the projector, for example, LCD and DLP projectors typically have a lamp life of between 2000-4000 hours. Longer lamp life tends to mean less expense in maintaining your projector. Depending on how often you plan to use your projector, you will have to factor in lamp replacement costs. Replacement lamps can cost anywhere from $200-$400; however, regular filter cleaning will improve lamp life significantly.
Pick Some Comfy Seating
We saved the best for last – the seating! If you want a true movie experience, you can opt for an authentic theater-style by inserting two rows of four seats and elevating the back row of seats for better viewing.
You can pick theater seating in a wide range of styles and materials, including genuine leather. It’s essential that whatever seating you choose, it is comfortable and great to look at!