There are numerous home improvements you can build both outdoors and indoors. However, few are as impressive as a theater room for several reasons. Firstly, a home theater will facilitate hours of endless fun for the whole family.
Secondly, a fully equipped media room will significantly increase the value of your property since prospective buyers are in love with high-tech gizmos. In order to make the theater room stand out, here are a few tips you’ll find more than useful.
1. It’s not all about the Tech
One of the most common misconceptions about building a theater room is the technology you should install in it. Most homeowners choose to throw in various devices that are rarely going to get used; thus wasting hundreds of dollars. The essence of a media room is to have fun and this can only be achieved by installing equipment you are actually going to use, even if it is only a single flat-screen TV.
Furthermore, you should not be too obsessed with popular products or famous brands when shopping. What is in vogue in 2020 will be out of fashion next year so it’s wiser to think about what apparatus you wish to see inside your new theater room.
Decide whether the room will primarily be used for listening to music (and watching music videos), playing video games or watching movies. If the latter is your preferred choice, then the screen should be wide, it should have a great sound system, and it should replicate the look and feel of a real cinema.
2. Get the Opinion of a Professional
We’ve mentioned that you should not allow yourself to be misled by big brand names when shopping for equipment for your home theater. Sure, the local supermarket or a discount store might hang up the “30% off on TVs” sign but is a cheap TV set what you really want for your theater room?
Big tech companies are in the business of making money but what you need more than several tens of dollars off is a piece of advice. Head to the local hi-fi specialist that will advise you better than the clerks at a big electrical store ever could. They know their customers’ needs better and can advise you on several issues, such as the size of the screen, the quality of the sound system, voltage or certain devices, etc.
3. Plan from the Start
The worst course of action you can take is to make the decision to make the theater room out of a whim. There is the right timing for everything, as the best time to build a movie theater room is during a home renovation.
A typical entertainment room requires a lot of wiring to be done which means that the walls will have to be remodeled, floorboards removed, and even windows shifted. It is cheaper to install wiring when the whole house is already going through construction work.
4. Choosing the Perfect Room
When it comes to choosing the right room inside the house for the theater room, opinions differ. Most new homeowners set their sight on the basement but this is not the only room suitable for the media room. In fact, the movie theater room can be housed in any of the rooms inside a typical house or even an apartment.
You can convert a disused guest room upstairs or even extend the house over the garage to accommodate all the movie-watching gear. However, if you do go for the basement in the end, make sure there is at least one window in the room or a solid ventilation system.
5. A Build for the Future
Planning is important because you are building the theater room for the future. It is not like you’re buying a cheap game console but you are dedicating an entire room inside your house to entertainment. Hopefully, the room will last you for years to come and who knows, your kids might use it for the same purpose but with more modern equipment, of course.
For this reason, everything inside the room should be top quality so you have to buy and install it only once. Not only should the TV screen be wide and possess excellent resolution but the projector wall mount should be sturdy and made from durable metal. Every little detail counts because you want the furniture in the room to last you at least a full decade.
6. Furnishing the Movie Theater Room
If you’re a fan of VIP seats at movie theaters, then you need to take special care about the furniture inside the theater room of your new home. We are mainly referring to the seating area that should be as comfortable as possible. The first concern on your mind should be capacity.
You want to make the best use of space without overcrowding the room. For instance, if you throw in a sofa that means that you’ll have two seats less on both sides. Furnishing the theater room should be a fine balance between comfort and size. A typical home theater room should have between 5 to 10 seats.
7. A Universal Remote Control Saves the Day
Although the focus in your new theater room should be on quality rather than quantity, you are bound to end up with more than one entertainment device. Since they are going to be operated remotely, the coffee table in the room will be swamped with different-sized remote controllers that you’ll need to keep track of which device they operate.
In order to prevent such hi-tech clutter, you should invest in a programmable universal remote controller in the form of an LCD screen. Otherwise, if you commissioned a universal remote controller made out of plastic, it would be too bulky and confusing to operate with so many buttons.
A controller that is actually an app is a smarter solution because it allows you to switch between different devices using a simple touchscreen display. In a way, it too will be considered an integral part of the theater room.
As you have seen from our tips, getting the new theater room just right is not that hard. If you keep things like quality, safety, and professionalism in mind all the time, you are bound to build a theater room that will account for many years of fun.