Recreating the cinema experience in your own home is an appealing idea to a lot of us. After all, while going to the theater can be fun, it is way more convenient to just have one in your house. The key to creating the perfect room is getting the set up right. Otherwise, the magic will be lost.
If you don’t know where to start, don’t worry. I’m going to go over the key components of a home theater, and how to decide what will be best for yours. The most important thing to remember is that you need to choose what will be best for you and your family.
Naturally, the most critical feature of a home cinema is what you actually play the movie on: the television! Now, you can set this up in a few ways of course. If you would like some additional tips on how to do that, you can look at this article: https://www.extraspace.com/blog/home-organization/diy-projects/home-theater-ideas/.
The way I did it was to mount mine on the wall. This took a bit of handiness on my end but was really not to difficult by following a guide. They’re pretty simple to set up once you get the materials. Just make sure you choose a wall that can support the weight of the tv you select (they can get heavy depending on the size).
Now, the other key feature of the room should be the seating. Think about it – what’s one of the best parts of going to see a movie out? Those nice chairs. I love the ones that are super plush and can even adjust to your height, but there are a lot of different variants.
Of course, it can be hard to decide what you want for your own place. The sheer variety of home theater couch seating online is immense and makes for some tough choices. You should start with considering what amenities you want.
Perhaps you prefer lots of back support, or really want a cup holder in yours. That is certainly within reach! Explore what’s out there as you decide. Think about what color you want. For a cinema, the traditional might be red, but I like brown or black seating myself. I think it adds to the overall atmosphere of the room.
What you should always keep in mind is that this room is for you. It should suit your needs. If you have young children, you might want to make sure they are kid friendly, for example. I can’t tell you exactly what to look for, but I hope this has helped!
Next, let’s discuss the speakers for your room. If you can remember how it feels to sit in a paid cinema, you know the audio is quite strong. It’s almost overbearing at times, but that adds to the overall experience of the movie. Certain sounds even seem like they come from different directions.
You can set up something like this at home, too. That is the magic of surround sound. If you’re curious, you can read a bit about the science behind this technique here: https://doras.dcu.ie/2968/. That being said, the movie magic doesn’t necessarily come from this scientific explanation.
If you have a lot of speakers to create surround sound, it might feel like they are only there to accumulate dust. I assure you; this is not the case. Instead, they are there to give you a wholistic viewing experience.
You will probably want at least five speakers to make this sort of set up work. This includes two in the front, two behind your seating, and one that comes from the main entertainment center. You could also get a sub speaker.
The purpose of all of these is to make you feel as if you are immersed in the movie or tv show that you are watching. The various speakers will play the sound from different spots in the room, giving a sense that it is happening all around you.
Setting the Mood
The final aspect of home cinemas that I will discuss today is the overall atmosphere and mood of the room. After all, we don’t want to go through all of this work without the end result being like a replication of an actual theater – at least to some extent. One of the biggest components of this is lighting.
You may want to invest in lights that can be slowly dimmed, and that are not too bright. This will help set the tone as the movie begins, as just one example of its use. You could also get snack machines to make something like cotton candy or popcorn, if you fancy those.
However you set your home theater up, it should be specialized to you. I hope this has helped!