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7 Tips to create your home theater

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With rising movie ticket prices and problem of traffic snarls everywhere, going for a movie with the entire family and having a great time outdoor has become expensive for most families. So here is a solution if you are are looking to create a similar environment with a small investment to get a fully immersive movie experience right in your own home. We are here to help you with the pertinent question of where to begin? Yes there are many variables to consider like screen size, seating arrangements, speaker systems, lighting which may make your wallet lighter by several dollars. Our workers have created several home theater layouts across the world and we have put together some of the best ones to give you inputs about creating the entire design process. 

While getting the home theater designed by a professional is the best alternative as it requires intimate knowledge of electronics, acoustics and design, an enthusiastic DIYer risk taker with adequate knowledge of basics can also make a reasonably decent home theater. Here are some home theater ideas that will help you to understand that beside investing in appropriate audio visual equipment one also has to select appropriate seating options for the room.  If you have a tight budget then a few essential details can suffice to make a home theater or media room and we recommend that you familiarize yourself with acoustics and lighting before beginning the experiment.

1. Essential details for home theater

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Enrich Artlife & Interior Design Sdn Bhd

Double Storey House Corner Lot In Pelangi Indah

Enrich Artlife & Interior Design Sdn Bhd

Selecting the right room and making a budget are the foundation stones of designing a home theater as only then one can plan layout, equipment, decor and other details. The ideal size of a home theater room should be 20 feet by 13 feet and relatively away from the rest of the house. ideally theater rooms should be built in basement of family room that are spacious and large enough to seat family members comfortably and does not disturb neighbors. 

2. Theater Design layout

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Norm designhaus

home cinema design, home design Malaysia

Norm designhaus

Choices of home theater interior décor ideas are limitless so start considering if you want a casual entertainment area where the entire family can relax over a movie or you want a real theater like experience with surround sound, special lighting and other arrangements.  Some people believe that décor in this room should be consistent with other parts of the house. But people with large budgets can indulge in creating thematic ambiance for their home theaters and work with interior decorators to create artistic images featuring favorite movies, colors, movie stars or patterns.  

3. Display area

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Latitude Design Sdn Bhd

Modern Classic Personal Home Theatre

Latitude Design Sdn Bhd

The most important part of any home theater set-up is a display screen and though the temptation of setting up a large screen to enhance viewing pleasure is strong there are limitations. An immersive experience is fine but it should not be so large that it forces viewers to swing the head every-time to catch the action. Use an expert’s help to find right combination of size and angle for the display. Finding the best viewing height is also important and ideally the center of the display screen should be at eye level for the idea home theater design.

4. Casual entertainment center

In this media room idea the residents have stuck to a casual layout where the living room is the main entertainment area. Instead of having a separate theater room they large screen television on the wall is used for streaming all forms of videos like movies, television programs, games and internet streaming content. Sound system is spread across the room with boom boxes placed in strategic locations to enjoy an immersive experience.

5. Soundproofing and acoustics

You wouldn't want neighbors to complain abut sound pollution would you and call cops when you are in the midst of an interesting scene? Then soundproof the theater area with soundproof drywall or treat the walls with materials that dampen the sound. While the former is quite expensive the latter can be done with thick vinyl on the windowless media room and also affixing a solid-core door. Here is a theater room layout with comfortable seating arrangement located at sufficient space away from the screen

6. Set—Top boxes and video projectors

A classic home theater includes a video projector along with a large screen and great sound system to create the right ambiance of a real-time theater. Covering all areas where light can come in is critical as screens can get washed out by stray light. Along with energy efficient projector lamps you would also need to have space to setting up boxes for streaming content and maybe a video player too.  

7. Perfect Seating

Ensure that the seating arrangement in your home theater is suited for various age groups that are likely to use the region for entertainment. The chairs should be comfortable enough for aged people to get up and sit down and also for squirmy little ones that may keep walking in and out of the home theater.

Here are some outdoor entertainment areas if you love outdoors more than interiors.

Which of these home theater layouts did you like the best? 
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