As we move forward with technology in our homes today, families are moving away from sitting in front of the television set. We want to go forward with more. We want more of everything; a Home Theatre Room is on our agenda. Is this your dream, your goal, your challenge?
Many new homes today are being built with home theatres in them. The set up is there already and just waiting for the furnishings to be placed in the room. For many of us that do not have plans for a new home, we opt for turning an existing room into a home theatre room. Using an already existing room can help you save money but it also means you have to work with what you have.
You can begin the design of the room in your head, but putting it on paper will give you a visual aide that can be changed about before you get started on the project. You do not have to be an architect to draw out your room, as a simple sketch will do fine. Make a list of what you want in the room and then play with the layout until you are satisfied. Retaining a designer to do this is an option, but most likely costly. Books and magazines and the internet are great inexpensive ways to help you design your own room.
Once you have the general idea of what you’d like to do written down on paper, then it’s time to get serious with detail. Doing more specific sketches is vital at this point. Decide the details on the wiring, the lighting (very important), the speakers and the furniture.
Take a Seat Please
Next, determine how much seating you plan to put in this room. The seating will be taking up a lot of floor space so keep this in mind. What type of seating will you be using? Leather sofas, recliners, deck seats? Remember that some of the high back seating could block views and sound. If you are going for comfort, definitely consider recliners as an option. Seating style and placement must be determined early on as to plan the floor space that will be available and to determine where the equipment will be placed to maximum your viewing potential.
Sit back, enjoy and see how many new friends you have now!
The number of seats you plan to install will again dictate how much available floor space you have. The location of the seats will determine just where all your home theater equipment has to go, as well as the sightlines to the screen.
Sound is very important to the success of the theatre room. To keep sound from bouncing around the room, consider adding thick draperies. If you have hard wood floors or tile, consider adding a large room sized rug or carpet. Consider exterior noises as well. Is this room located in the front of the house by a busy, loud street? Is the kid’s playroom next door to this room? Factor all of these in before selecting your location in the home.
How will you be housing your electronic equipment? Sturdy wood shelving units, or cabinets designed for home theatres is the best route to go. Not only does it look more professional and customized, it will work more efficiently for you.
There will be many cords and wires coming from these electronics; safely hide them. After all of your hard work that you have exerted in designing your room, you do not want to see unsightly cords across the floor, not to mention the safety hazards. If you have carpeting as many do, running the cords underneath the carpet is best. There is also tubing that allows you to keep the cords bundled together and hidden in casing.