Home means privacy, control, and comfort. The cinema means movies, fun, and snacks. Imagine what would happen if you combine the two. Having a home movie theater in your house is a blessing. You get to control which movie to watch when to watch it, and whom you’re watching with, while still being comfortable and in the privacy of your own home. Like we said, a blessing.
So, what is stopping you from having your own home movie theater? Follow these simple steps, and you’re ready to go.
Step One: Choosing The Right Room
When choosing a room that will work as a movie theater, you need to look for a spacious room. Also, try searching for a location that doesn’t let much sunlight in, since you would have to close off any source of external light.
Besides, a room that is isolated or that is on the far end of the house should work best. You don’t want a place near a kitchen or a bedroom. You don’t want the sounds to leak in and disturb your movie or leak out to the rest of the house.
Step Two: Adjusting The Lights
Think of what you usually see in cinemas. Low lights, pointing to the ground. You wouldn’t see white lights or ceiling lights while the movie is playing.
Bright lights can disturb or distract you from the movie. However, you still need enough light to be able to see around the room or to see the floor.
We recommend getting red or blue-colored lights that point to the ground, not upwards, nor straight ahead.
Step Three: Adjusting The Sound
When you’re in a movie theater, the sound doesn’t come from one direction; meaning you don’t hear the source of the sound from the screen or a specific direction. It’s like the sound is coming from everywhere.
In order to achieve that, you’d need to install multiple speakers around the room. Make sure they’re all adjusted to the same volume, and that they’re spread evenly around the room.
The positions of the speakers depending on how big your room is. However, generally speaking, try to keep the speakers at ear-level. Spread them as evenly as possible around the room; on the back wall, the front wall, and the side walls.
Step Four: Choosing a Screen
Choosing a TV or a projector can give you two completely different experiences. TVs are brighter, but their sizes are limited, and they can be pricey. If you have a big enough TV at your home, then it will work just fine.
On the other hand, you could get a projector. Projectors aren’t as expensive as TVs, and some people prefer how the image looks on a projector screen.
If you’re looking for the full movie theater experience, then you should go for projectors. However, a TV would quickly get the job done.
Step Five: Interior Design
If you’ve noticed, movie theaters aren’t usually painted in bright colors. Dark red, black, and dark blue are the most popular colors in movie theaters.
So what do we get from that? We understand that we need dark colors to not distract us from the movie.
Three words. Big comfy chairs. You’d be sitting for hours watching movies; you need comfy chairs, preferably with cup holders, and are adjustable.
If you don’t want regular chairs, try bean bags. They’re colorful, they’re fun, and they’re comfy.
If you don’t want either of those, how about a couch? Especially if you’ll be watching with friends, couches don’t feel as constraining as chairs do.
Soundproofing is an extra step that you don’t really need, but it could add so much to the movie theater experience.
If you live in a big city, or you like watching your movies are maximum volume, then you should consider installing soundproof walls.
Step Six: The Extras
These aren’t exactly necessary. However, if you’re not on a budget and you want a perfect movie theater, you should consider getting these items.
What even is a movie without popcorn? Or the smell of popcorn? Or the sound of popcorn? Okay, you get it. A microwave and a bag of popcorn can very well get the job done, but why not go that extra mile and get your own popcorn machine?
Remote Control System
No, we are not talking about the TV’s remote control. We’re talking about controlling the whole room. When you’re sitting down and ready to start a movie, it’s just inconvenient to get up and turn off the ceiling lights, then turn on the dim lights. Why not remotely control them? You could install a remote control, maybe like a mobile application, that controls the lights, the sounds, and everything else you might need.
Hey, we said those are extras. Imagine watching a movie in the comfort of your own home while getting a massage? Yes, please.
Should You Do It?
If you have the budget for it, the answer is definitely yes. Home movie theaters are comfy, they’re fun, and they’re not that hard to install. Nothing is stopping you from being a movie theater owner.