We’ve all shelled out money on a trip to the cinema just for the chance to see something on the big screen but why not make every film that you watch at home equally as spectacular? Whether you’re a film enthusiast or a family of four a home theatre will provide endless amounts of fun and the space to escape the outside world. Thanks to the improvements in technology this cinema in your back bedroom doesn’t have to cost you your savings either. In this blog we’re going to look at how to build the ultimate home theatre system so that you can be the envy of all your friends. Choose a TV or projector The most important feature of your home movie theatre will be the thing that’s actually showing the movie. Room size will play a big factor in this decision as the space you have might not be able to fit a huge flat screen TV in.
Most home movie theatres that I’ve seen have gone for the projector. This will allow you to turn your whole wall into a screen. Your wall! It’s unlikely that you’ll find a TV that big. If the hassle of a projector doesn’t interest you then I recommend choosing a 3D TV. If you want to emulate the cinema experience then you’ll want everything jumping out at you. As well as the size of the room, your budget will also play an important role in making the final decision. 3D TVs are expensive. Consider both options and decided which will work best for you. Sound If you’re going for the cinema experience you need a sound system that makes you feel like you’re there. A surround system will help you immerse yourself into the film or TV programme you’re watching and will help make the cinema feel like the real deal. Combine a projector with surround sound and you won’t be able to get rid of your friends. They’ll buy films just so that they can come round and enjoy them in your home movie theatre! The most popular format for surround sound is known as 5.1.
This means that there are 5 different speakers, each strategically placed to make it sound as if you’re really there. Surround sound systems vary in price so shop around. You may be able to find one for half the price if it’s second hand. Lighting Getting the lighting right is vital to emulating that movie theatre feel. There’s nothing like that feeling when you’re settled in with some popcorn, the lights go down and that film you’ve been dying to see comes up. Firstly you’ll have to make sure that your lights can dim. This will allow you to find the optimum light level for watching your Godfather Trilogy. Secondly you’ll have to work out light placement and direction. You don’t want lights pointing at the guests so try and direct them towards the walls and ceilings. Oh, and make sure that you get a remote for your light system. You don’t want to be up and down adjusting the lights all night.
Furniture So, you’ve sorted out your screen, the sound is amazing, the lights are just right, what are you going to sit on? You want to have the comfiest furniture that you can find. Specialist theatre chairs are expensive, but if you’re going all out then they’re a must. If you’re working to a budget then reclining chairs or sofas will do the trick. Just make sure that there’s enough space for your guests. You’ll be getting a lot of them. Trust me. Once completed you might want to add a couple of other features. Maybe a computer so that you can surf the web on your theatre screen or a console system would be right for you? A home theatre is the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Plus, you’ll be the most popular guy in town.