Many of us dream of having a home theatre, as there is no better way to enjoy any film, sports game, or a TV show. Fortunately, building your home theatre is not too difficult, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. So, if you have a spare room that you don’t know what to do with and you love watching films, here are a few suggestions that should help you create a perfect home theatre on a budget.
Get professional advice
For starters, if you don’t have much experience with everything that goes into building a home theatre, don’t hesitate to consult a professional home theatre installer. They would be able to tell you how to utilize your room to the fullest and get as close as possible to your end goal. They can also help you find the best components that would fit your budget, and they can advise you on the best layout for your room regarding the windows, power outlets and other details that you may not be aware of.
Set a budget
Needless to say, you need to have a budget so you can actually know how much you can spend on different parts of your theatre. This budget should also be separated into “needs” and “wants”, as some things are non-negotiable, like a good sound system, but some things you can do without, like fancy lighting or a fridge. Plus, as mentioned, if you’re working with a home theatre installer, having a set budget can help them choose the best items for you.
Consider your room
Once you do set a budget, look around your room. Even if the room you want to turn into a theatre is small, there is still a lot that can be done with it. For example, you can opt for less bulky furniture and instead of placing the TV on the ground, you can mount it to save room. There are many quality TV wall mounts that would be perfect for small theatres, as they aren’t too bulky and they are very affordable. So, don’t get discouraged if you feel like your room is too small for the purpose – if you decorate it well and invest a bit more in quality, the experience in it is bound to be just as good as in any other bigger theatre.
Do you need soundproofing?
If you have kids, you might need to soundproof your home theatre. However, this isn’t something you have to spend a fortune on. Applying an acoustic door seal to your existing doors and using plenty of cushy materials should be enough to absorb the sounds. After all, you want to be able to hear your kids calling you if they need you for any reason.
Pay attention to the furniture
If you already have a nice couch that you can use, feel free to do so. It could save you some money that you could use on some other important detail. However, if you don’t, make sure to buy furniture that is comfortable, so you can truly relax while watching films. Moreover, since theatre seating can get a bit costly, opt for simple upholstered sofas or chairs, which can also help with the above-mentioned soundproofing.
When it comes to décor, this is where you can really express yourself. For starters, you can never go wrong with film posters as wall decorations, but they aren’t exactly original, and they can easily get torn. That being said, you can also frame them, so they can last longer and make your theatre look more modern. Moreover, you can also choose a theme for your theatre – preferably a dark one so it can absorb the light from the screen – and decorate everything around that theme.
Having a home theatre allows you to take your film marathons and family evenings to the next level. Just make sure not to rush it – set the budget, consult experienced professionals, spend some time decorating it and it might even become your new favorite room in the house.
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Ashley Lipman, Content marketing specialist
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