A Night in at the Movies
How to pull off the theater feel in your own home
Just the thought of having a home theater can be exciting. All those action packed movie nights with friends and family. As exciting as it may seem, the setup process can be dreadful. If you don’t plan properly your theater will more than likely not perform at its optimal level.
Ensure the Room is the Right Size
The reason why the living room is ideal is because it tends to be bigger in size and is longer than it is wide. This allows you arrange propery and have the best viewing and listening experience.
Get the Right Size Screen/Television
The screen or television you install in your home theater will be the life of the theater. Don’t make the mistake of getting a screen that doesn’t fit the space! You don’t want to end up looking up towards a big screen or placing the seats super close for a small screen. Select a screen that ensures optimal viewing pleasure.
Find the Sweet Spot for Your Seats
When it comes to the seating, people tend to just place the seats where it may seem they aesthetically fit. However, the center is not always the best spot. You want the seating in such a position gives you the best view and the best sound. The bigger the screen, the further back the seats should start. As an example, if you have a screen that is 75 inches, the seats should start about 13 feet away.
Get the Right Seat
When picking a seat for your home theater, it is important you get ones that allow extra comfort to the viewers. Understanding the ergonomics in home theater seating is important, as comfort is not only about how soft the seat is. It has to allow you as a viewer to position yourself properly so there is no additional strain on a particular muscle or part of the body. Most people strain their neck, sitting too close or in an unorthodox position.
Carpet Your Walls and Floor
If you want optimal viewing and sound pleasure, consider carpeting the floor and the walls. Painted walls, especially lighter tones, allow distracting light to reflect off them. Hard floors can allow sound to echo. If you don’t intend to carpet the whole floor space, look into some sound-dampening rugs.
When it comes to installing a home theater at home, rather than focusing on just the equipment you get, consider the overall layout. You need to pay close attention to every detail, from the type of flooring all the way to the size and dimension of the room. You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a system only to have it not perform at its best.
By Katie Porter
About the Author
Katie Porter is an aspiring writer, movie lover, and part of the team at Seatup. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home state of Colorado and plays in a women’s amateur rugby league.