Where to Start With Your Home Theater

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON March 22nd, 2014

Where to Start With Your Home Theater

Turning part of your home into a theater takes quite a bit of work, and unfortunately, it’s not as easy as mounting a big-screen TV on the wall. A true home theater is much more intricate and takes a significant amount of planning to bring into reality. Rather than launching into the project halfheartedly or starting construction before you’re really ready, pay attention to each of these initial steps for a successful start to your project.


1. Envision the Space

The words “home theater” don’t mean the same thing to everyone, so your first job is to determine what you want your home theater to look like. Some people go for a traditional theater look, even going so far as installing movie theater seats complete with cup holders.

You may want heavy draperies on the wall to improve acoustics and make the room look more like a real theater. Other people envision something much more luxurious than a typical movie theater, with just a few leather recliners for true comfort when viewing.


2. Draw Blueprints

Once you know what your space needs to look like, draw up blueprints if you’ll actually be adding the room to your house. Otherwise, take a look at the room you’ll be using and make a sketch of any structural changes you’ll need to make.

For example, you may want to move the doorway to a different part of the wall so you can have an aisle on the side of your seating rather than down the middle.

You may also have to change the shape of the existing room to make it into a rectangle or plan what to do with an oddly shaped corner of the room. These tend to lend themselves well to at-home concession stands.


3. Buy Electronics

Integrating electronics into your home theater design from the earliest stages of the process will ensure a top-notch movie experience when the theater is done. Research what home theater systems you want to use, looking for speakers designed for your size of room.

Wireless speakers are especially helpful because you don’t have to worry about running the wiring to the locations that are best for the overall sound and acoustics. Of course, you’ll also need a screen to show your movies. A flat-screen HDTV generally gives the best picture, but it’s often less expensive to set up a projector and screen.


4. Buy Furniture

Of course you’ll need enough furniture to seat your whole family, but you’ll probably want some space in your home theater for guests too. There’s a fine line between getting comfortable furniture and fitting lots of people in, so evaluate your room and determine how many seats you can fit without significantly sacrificing comfort.

Home theater recliners are great, but they take up more space than options like sofas or sectionals, which can fit more people and allow for easier cuddling.


5. Set up your Theater

After you’ve done the work of planning your home theater and getting the supplies, all that’s left to do before your first screening is to set up the theater. This process can take a while if you do it yourself, especially if you don’t have much experience.

Instead of being a lone wolf, why not invite handy friends over to help with the setup? Reward them with a movie screening, pizza, soda, candy and popcorn when you’re all done.

Entertainment is an essential part of everyone’s life. Not only does it help relieve stress from everyday life, but it also gives you the opportunity to bond with friends and family and create fun memories. With a little hard work and more than a little ingenuity, you can entertain in style.