Designing A Custom Home Theater

There is an old saying, “if you build it, they will come.” Only problem is, where to begin. This is the nagging question that everyone asks. Where do I begin?

There are so many ways to develop a home theater room. You can do everything from a simple floor plan to something more complex. Here’s the truth, your design concept can range anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000. Sometimes it can cost more. It all depends on what you want to do.

The first thing you will want to do is focus on where to setup. Are you going to use your living room as the main focus? Are you going to use a private den area? Are you going to use the basement? The idea is to use a room that has the most space. This way you won’t be tripping over everything.

THE ROOM

Always work with a room which is more rectangular. This will provide the best harmony. When placing the home theater unit, put it against a short wall. This way you get a really good projection.

THE WINDOWS

This is a tricky thing. We all like windows. For most rooms, the more open windows the better. In the case of a home theater unit, you want to work against this idea. A window will bring sound distortions, just like a square room will. You also want to focus on the glare, or lack there of. The idea is to shut out the light. This way you will be able to get more of an actual theater experience. The window idea might sound good in theory, but it’s not going to work.

You do have another option, if you like the idea of windows. You can get heavy duty blinds and drapes. This will block out the light. Only downside is you will have to adjust things every time you use the theater system. It’s up to you, but even drapes can distort the light and sound.

THE WALLS

Look at your current walls in the room. If you have to, take some dry wall and apply it. With the flat surfaces, you will have to use heavy duty drapes. You could also use small furniture. The choice is yours. What you want to avoid is artwork. I know that many of you like to add artwork to the walls. You want to avoid this concept with a home theater system. It might look pretty and add personality, but it will distort the light and sound.

You have a few options with this, including paneling. The one thing you do want to avoid is concrete/concrete blocking. Whatever you do, don’t go this route.

ONE LAST THING

The last thing to leave you with is the color. Make it as neutral and as dark as possible. This will keep out the light and keep the sound high quality. If you are stuck on how to go about your home theater design concepts, you can give us a call to schedule an appointment. We would love to be your consultant in helping set up your entertainment systems and as well as keeping it safe so you can enjoy it for years to come.