The only danger is that you might never want to leave home
The notion of snuggling with a fresh batch of buttered popcorn and bingeing on Netflix seems like a perfect end to a long day or a start to a lazy weekend. And what could be better than watching on a big screen with a speaker system of your dreams. Hence, the need for a home theatre. If you think home theatres are not just for film enthusiasts, think again. Imagine them as a great hangout spot to enjoy with friends and family and you’ll know what we mean.
Designing a home theatre can be an exciting but challenging process. Whether you have a dedicated theatre room planned or are thinking of upgrading your living room movie night setup, there are a number of things you need to keep in mind. While building from scratch enables you to examine every aspect, remodelling an existing room is all about making the most of the available space. Both have the potential to produce some really amazing results that far outperform the average home entertainment system found in most family rooms. Incorporating your living room design into your home theatre setup is essential for seamless integration. Harmonize the aesthetics of your home theatre with the existing decor and layout of your living room to create a cohesive and visually appealing space. Here is a checklist that can help you ensure that you cover all the important aspects of home theatre design.
This step might seem obvious, though it forms the base to your perfect setup. While you can work around different room configurations, make sure there’s no visible light sources other than those meant for display in the theatre. The scary nun emerging from the shadows of a dark might not seem that horrific with sunlight streaming from your windows. Next, make sure to first measure the room's dimensions and plan out the layout based on the number of seats you want to install, and the placement of the screen, speakers, and other components.
Unless you are comfortable with the constant hubbub of daily household activities during a crucial part of a movie, it's vital to soundproof your home theatre design. So, consider factors like room shape, ceiling height, flooring and wall materials that can impact acoustics. Install acoustic panels, bass traps, diffusers, plush drapes and a nice carpet to enhance sound quality and block outside noise. By incorporating effective soundproofing techniques into your home interior design, you can create a serene and immersive environment where every whisper and explosion can be enjoyed without any distractions.
Lighting not only has a significant impact on your mood, it also sets the atmosphere of your home theatre by providing crisp visual experience. While making sure that the room can be plunged into complete darkness is important, ensure there is sufficient ambient light to pull you out of the movie trance. Install dimmable lights, sconces, and recessed lighting to create an experience similar to commercial theatres.
You can’t have the big screen experience without a big screen. Choose a screen size that is appropriate for the room size and the seating arrangement, so that when Vin Diesel whizzes past, the screen pulls you in and makes you a part of it. It is essential that the screen is positioned at the right height and distance from the viewers for optimal viewing experience. Keeping your budget in mind, screens come in two forms—fixed screens and retractable screens. Fixed screens are essentially used for large spaces to offer smooth and even projection. Available at a comparatively higher price point, they are recommended to be installed in dedicated media rooms. Retractable screen is the more preferred choice with its pocket-friendly price. The screen can be rolled down when in use and rolled back after viewing.
While the heart of any home theatre setup is the display, the brain behind the space is the projection system. Always look to place the projector at an elevated position at the centre of the room for best image quality. Adequate ventilation is a must, since projectors tend to heat up. They are found in two forms—Long throw projectors and short throw projectors. Devices that can throw visuals for longer distances are ideally useful for larger spaces. Short throw projectors are used for small rooms and tight spaces where the projector is placed below the screen or five feet from the base of the screen for visuals.
The whole experience of a theatre comes to life with a proper sound system. Invest in a high-quality sound system with speakers, subwoofers, and amplifiers that can deliver clear and immersive sound. Majority of the home theatres use 5.1 Dolby Atmos surround sound. However, a 7.1 option is also available if the dimensions of the room and the permissible sound regulations at your locality allow it. When you are watching Ford vs Ferrari, the engine sound must thump through to your heart.
Time for furniture! One of the best parts of going to the theatres is not just the massive display, it is also about nestling into the cosy and oversized recliners. Proper Home theatre seating is essential for an enjoyable movie-watching experience. The seating in the room is going to be determined by the screen size. A quick tip to nail the seating position is to calculate the minimum seating distance and the maximum viewing distance. Take the horizontal length of the screen and multiply it by 2 for minimum viewing distance and by 5 for maximum viewing distance. It is also advised for the seats to be placed at least 3-4 feet away from the walls to provide optimum experience. Choose comfortable and durable seating options that can accommodate your family and guests.
You may be tempted to paint your walls red to make it lively but remember that bright colours might lower the movie experience. It is advisable to use wall art, posters, curtains, and other decor elements to enhance the cinematic ambiance of your home theatre. If you want to go the extra mile, a popcorn maker is a nice touch too.
It is fundamental to safeguard all your electrical components. Use power conditioners and surge protectors to protect your expensive audio/video components from power fluctuations and surges. Ensure that all the components are wired correctly and they are compatible with your audio/video sources.
Many things go into a quality home theatre, but we think these are a few of the important things to think about when starting out. Take your time in planning, researching and handpicking devices and furniture to fill your home theatre with. We are going to get back to our lazyboy lounge chair, fire up the home theatre and watching Bruce Wayne tear up the streets of Gotham. What are you waiting for?