There’s something about watching a great movie that you absolutely love.
You’re always the first to pre-order tickets for the next summer blockbuster, and you’re who your friends go to when they want a movie recommendation for date night.
Despite your love of the movies, you’d prefer it if you could watch them in the comfort of your own home. Instead of dealing with the high price of movie tickets, long lines, or uncomfortable seats you’d much rather enjoy the latest hot movie at home. Luckily for you, plenty of people feel the same way.
In the past, a home theater was a fantasy for most people. But that fantasy has become a reality. With today’s modern tech it’s easier than ever to have a state of the art theater in your living room.
The Home Theater Renaissance
It’s official, the theater is making its debut in the average American household. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting a theater in their home but one reason why they’ve surged in popularity may be because of advances in technology.
If you wanted a home theater 15 years ago, you’d have to spend a lot of time and money on it. You’d need expensive and bulky speakers for sound (along with complicated wiring to set it up), special screens and projectors, and other equipment that the average homeowner wouldn’t have experience with.
Advances in entertainment tech have made setting up a home theater simple. Say goodbye to complicated audio wiring. You can get excellent sound from wireless and lightweight speakers.
Hi-def screens and projectors are standard now, so you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on displays. Streaming services and deals with distributors have also made it possible for you to see some movies while they’re still in theaters.
Building Your Own Home Theater
As you can see, it’s possible for almost anyone to have their dream home theater. You may know that you want a home theater, but you may not know where to start.
You don’t have to be an A/V expert or engineer to have a theater in your own home. With the right knowledge, you can have the theater you’ve always wanted in no time.
Are you ready to start planning your theater? Follow these tips!
Keep Location in Mind
You may have always fantasized about transforming a certain room in your house into a theater, but its position in your home may make that problematic. Be sure to think about the location of the room and the surrounding area before you decide where to put your new theater.
A room that’s close to other bedrooms wouldn’t be ideal because the sound could keep people awake a night. A basement may seem like a good place for a theater, but if you’re using wireless speakers you could have reception issues because of its underground location.
Choose a room that’s out of the way of usual foot traffic. You’ll want an area that’s quiet and big enough to fit multiple people. Also be sure to consider potential noise, you may want to do some soundproofing regardless of where you choose.
Think About Your display
In the past, most home theaters would use projectors and pull down screens. Advances in LCD and HD tech have made excellent TVs, so now you could easily use one or the other and still have a beautiful picture.
When it comes to projectors and pull downs or TVs, it’s a matter of personal preference. If you want something that you’re already familiar with, you may feel more comfortable with big HD TV.
If you want to have a classic theater experience, you’ll want a projector and a pull-down screen (you can even use a wall!). There are plenty of state of the art projectors you can use that can give you a crystal clear picture.
There’s no right or wrong way to display your movies. As long as you pick a method you can use, you’ll choose the right thing.
Don’t Forget Special Projector Features
If you’re going to use a projector, don’t just purchase the first thing in your price range. You should do some research to see what some brands truly have to offer.
Today’s projectors can do so much more than you’d think. Go beyond the basic features and look for one that can do something very unique.
Did you know that there are projectors that have 3D capabilities and even projectors that can show movies in 4K? You could have truly special movie screenings if you get a projector that has interesting features.
Think About Wiring
Even the most simple home theater setups are going to require wiring. Hooking up speakers, projectors, and screens will be the easy part. Keeping the wires out of site and out of the way of people will be the tough part.
Exposed wires pose a safety and equipment risk. You don’t want anybody to trip over them and potentially damage equipment. They also don’t look nice and could throw off the style of your carefully planned theater.
If you get a little creative, you can easily keep wires out of sight and out of the way. Some people try to run wires along the wall to keep them out of the way and out of sight. Consider using a throw rug or some runners to conceal wires that have to run along the floor area.
Get Comfortable Seating
After you have your equipment picked out, it’s time to think about an often neglected part of the home theater experience: seating. If you’re building a state of the art theater in your home, you don’t just want to sit on an old couch to watch a movie.
Think about the number of people you’ll have to entertain. If you have a theater in your house, expect to have guests come by. You’ll want to make sure that you can comfortably seat whoever wants to see a movie.
Get some new furniture when you finish setting up your theater. Couches may be comfortable, but they’ll be difficult to move if you have to rearrange things to accommodate people. Consider getting some comfortable recliners or classy leather chairs for your theater.
Now that you know how to set up a home theater, you’re probably eager to get started! Contact us so we can help you build your theater.