So you’ve picked out the size and type of television that you want in your home theater, now what? There are many aspects to creating your home theater that go beyond the screen, such as lighting, seating, ambience, and sound. Often people get so focused on making sure that they end up with the biggest screen possible for the least money or best surround sound available that they forget about the rest of the viewing environment. Here are a few tips to make your home theater the envy of the neighborhood.
There is nothing like sitting for hours in an uncomfortable chair or sofa trying to focus on what’s happening on the screen in front of you, or sitting at an angle where the screen looks distorted and blurry. So then why would you overlook such a vital aspect of your home theater?
When choosing your seating for your home’s theater look at the space and where the screen will be located. You will want to have enough room for viewers to stretch out and be comfortable without feeling crowded. All seating should be located at the proper angle to provide the ultimate viewing. This may mean having fewer seats than you originally planned.
For smaller rooms, or to add additional seating when guests are visiting, consider low sitting style chairs that can easily fit in front of stationary seating without obscuring anyone’ view, bean bag chairs are great for this purpose. Minimize extraneous obstacles around the room in order to avoid people tripping or stumbling should they need to leave the room during a viewing.
Lighting for all Occasions
When considering the lighting that you will be using there are several items that you will want to include:
- Black Out Curtains – For rooms with windows these will provide you with a true theater viewing experience without glare, or outside reflections affecting the screen’s image.
- Ambient Lighting – This type of lighting is for when the house lights are out and the movie is playing. The purpose of ambient lighting is to aid the eyes in adjusting and minimize eye strain from looking at a bright screen in a dark room.
- Dimmer Switches – House lighting should be attached to dimmer switches to provide you with a variety of lighting settings for different viewing preferences or room uses.
Ideally your sound system should be located in a way that encompasses the room, without being located directly near anyone’s head during seating; and without visible wires running everywhere. There are many sound systems available at reasonable costs that use WiFi or Bluetooth technology instead, making them the perfect choice for any home theater.
Completing a home theater is an investment in your home and your family’s entertainment needs that can be a fun and exciting project. But, if you want it to provide the full viewing experience it is imperative that you address other theater aspects such as seating requirements, lighting requirements, and sound options. If you do, you will have many years of happy viewing in the comfort of your own home.