A theatre room at home is a great investment as it enhances your movie experiences, especially in the company of family and friends. Interestingly, you do not have to live in a house that initially came with a space specifically designated to be a theatre room. With a bit of creative imagination, you can convert an extra bedroom, extra living room, basement, or attic into the movie space you desire. To achieve that perfect end result, here are some ideas for you.
- Entirely dedicate a space for your movie room
The space you choose should only be used for screen-related activities. This is because intertwining activities in this room is likely to lessen the cinematic experience. For example, if your selected space shares an open floor plan space with the kitchen, it is obvious that there will be unavoidable distractions.
- Sound control
Noises from outside can easily ruin the movie experience. People in other rooms, the dishwasher, dry cleaner, and plumbing noises are some of the common sounds that one is likely to hear from around the house. The best way to curb this is by installing soundproof material on your walls. This can be done by adding a second layer of drywall or using special sound-reducing wallboard.
You should also seal any existing cracks within the room and use new barn door kits that allow your doors to slide instead of swinging open, saving both space and enabling people to enter and leave the room quietly.
- Ambient light control
Ambient light is unnecessary in this kind of room. Light can lessen video projection images and worsen visibility from flat screens. This means that regardless of whether your preference is a TV screen or a projector, your aim should be to minimize the room’s lighting. You can do this by using light-blocking shades and curtains for places like windows.
- Build a reliable A/V component rack
A component rack is a central point for your source constituents. You can consider it as the brain that runs all the entertainment-related activities in the theatre room. Source constituents such as a home theatre tuner, cable box, BluRay play, and network streaming box, just to name a few, will all be operated from the A/V component rack.
Therefore, you should take the time to research the best options in the market to continually experience excellent movie nights. Additionally, ensure that the A/V tack is situated near an electric outlet and that you have an Ethernet source wire that will facilitate a reliable and fast connection.
- Proper seating and viewing arrangement
The goal is to have a movie room where everyone can watch movies and shows comfortably. You do not want to have anyone as an obstruction to another or have the screen too far away or too close. A dedicated cinema space incorporates tiered seating, which is quite a luxury but achievable for having a perfect theatre.
If you are on a budget, you do not have to purchase specialty home theatre seats that cost thousands upon thousands. You can simply find comfortable seats without a high back. Find out how you can create a slight rise on the seats starting from the back row or use a professional contractor for some assistance, and you will be good to go.
- Avoid reflective objects
Anything that can reflect light back at the viewer, except the screen itself, should be avoided in the movie room. It is preferable for paint used in this space to have a matte or flat base. Light fixtures, fireplace inserts, heating registers, shiny doorknobs, and countertops should be avoided in the section between the screen and the audience.
In case they are already present, you can cancel out their shininess or reflective ability by spray-painting them with dark-toned matte paint. For other areas, such as light switch wall covers and outlets, sanding them with fine-grit sandpaper will help minimize their glossy nature. Coating the sanded areas with matte spray paint will bring back the appeal to the sections applied.
Clearly, you do not have to spend large amounts of money to achieve a dreamy home theatre room. Follow these pointers to guide you through the process and enjoy the end result. Feel free to add a sprinkle of your creativity and ensure to have fun while at it.