Once upon a time, building a home theatre was a concept exclusive to the wealthy. After all, a luxury such as this doesn’t exactly come cheap. Luckily, this isn’t the case anymore. Setting up a home cinema on a budget is actually much easier than you think. With technology being available at affordable rates, many homeowners can build home theatres according to their budget.
With the right sense of style and a little effort, you’ll be able to convert any spare room into a state of the art home cinema.
Here are seven ways you can design the perfect room for a movie night:
Use your basement, attic or a spare bedroom for your home theatre
Choosing the ideal place for a home theatre setup is key to having your own cinema. The perfect room would be one that is a bit isolated from the rest of the rooms in your house in order to minimize disturbances and noise that comes from outside. Hence, in such cases, a room in the basement or an attic would work best.
If these options aren’t available to you, you can always use a spare bedroom. Do try to ensure that the room you choose is as far away from background noise as possible to maximise your cinema’s potential. If not, then you can always invest in soundproofing.
Use soft lighting
What differentiates a home theatre from a room that has a huge TV screen and a great surround system? It’s the lighting. Incorporate soft lighting on your walls and a recessed, low voltage lighting trim on your ceiling. The aim is to create an inviting and warm environment which strong lights won’t do. Additionally, you should also add floor-length blinds or curtains to make the most of the viewing experience.
Include a box for your cables
To create a perfect home theatre, you need to ensure it looks professional, too. Having multiple cables just lying around will take away from the movie experience. Investing in a cable management box to organize the speaker cables, HDMI cables, and auxiliary cables will ensure your home theatre doesn’t look messy.
Use fiber optic star in your ceiling
If you’re aiming to take your home theatre up a notch, then investing in fiber optic lights will truly create a unique experience that nobody will forget anytime soon. These fiber optic lights are available in kits and are priced according to the square footage.
Include acoustic panels
Acoustic panels truly optimize the movie experience by eliminating reverb and echo. Additionally, these panels are available in a vast variety of colors, styles, and designs and can be bought in affordable kits.
Install top-notch surround speakers
Your sound system has the potential to make or break your home theatre system. Not only does it help make the experience immersive, but it also adds to the ambiance.
You can place tower speakers on the floor in the front and hang other speakers on walls, the ceiling, on bookshelves, and other places throughout the room.
Use an open furniture plan for an ample space
If your room is spacious enough, you can choose an open furniture plan for a modern and clean aesthetic. Open furniture design is also great when you want to call over a lot of friends and family members.
Use leather seating if your space is limited
So, the space you have in your hand is limited, and you’re struggling to create that look of luxury. Well, you can still create that look by using leather seating for your home theatre’s seating. This will help you make the most of your limited space and maximize the comfort of your room, too.
Install row seating
Another hack to make the most of your limited space is by installing row seating. Not only will you be able to fit in more people, but this seating would be more affordable, too. You can take your row seating up a notch by including armrests, reclining positions, cup holders and if your budget allows it, USB charging ports.
Add pillows and blankets on the floor
The best part about having your very own theatre is how comfortable you can be there. In addition to the row seating, you can always add a floor seating option and add pillows to create a bohemian experience that’s representative of the way you watch movies in the park.
Getting that comfortable and cozy feeling with soft pillows and a comfy blanket while watching your favorite movie is truly another experience altogether. To make storing everything more manageable, you can keep a huge basket in the corner to ensure your home theatre doesn’t become too messy.
Add your own touch to the theatre
Choose a specific theme, such as the ’80s or ’90s and add your touch to the room by hanging posters of your all-time favorite movies.
You can also make the theatre more realistic by adding a concession stand with various snacks and treats, such as popcorn, chocolates, and candies. Then you can keep on munching away while watching your favorite flick.
Building your home theatre is much easier than you initially thought it would be. With the right guidelines and the right stuff, you can start building your very own cinema in no time.
What other ideas can you use to build your home theatre? Sound off in the comments below!