It used to be that only the mega rich could install lavish home movie
theaters. Yet today, with Blu-ray discs, big screens and comfortable seating,
installing a home theater is easy, great entertainment and a distinctive feature
when listing your property.
If you’re planning on building one, consider how the following helpful hints
will make sure you’re screening Spielberg’s latest – in style and in no time.
Location, location, location
If you’re planning on putting in a home theater, like everything in real
estate, the first thing to consider is location. You want a room without
windows, blank walls and a rectangular shape (for optimal sound quality).
Finished basements are ideal. If you have to put your theater in a room that has
windows, set your TV screen next to the window to cut down on glare.
To do justice to your home theater, purchase a 40-inch or larger High
Definition (HD) television. Most likely, you’ll pick between a Plasma or LCD
(liquid crystal display). Plasma TVs contain gases that produce pixels to create
an image, while LCD TVs rely on liquid crystals to create a picture. Both are
sleek and relatively lightweight compared to the now antique behemoth models.
Picture and sound quality are superb in either Plasma or LCD sets; however,
price does differ slightly.
You will also want to get a high-definition disc player. They offer far
superior picture and sound quality than a standard DVD player. A set of powerful
speakers are also vital—half-a-dozen or so strategically placed around your room
will provide cinematic surround sound that will dazzle your friends and family.
Furniture and Seating
The furniture you chose for your home theater will have a direct bearing on
the mood and ambience of the room. The best HD TV in the world and a ton of
speakers mean nothing if your guests have to sit on wooden crates. Reclining
chairs and comfy couches are par for the course.
Place your seats directly in front of the TV screen (just like at a real
theatre). Hint: for best viewing position, take the width of your television
set, multiply by three and then place your seats that distance from your TV.
Lighting can enhance—or take away from—your home theater experience. Track
lighting or at the very least, a dimmer switch, is a must. Sconce lighting would
make an interesting addition to your home theater. These are light fixtures
attached to a wall that direct their illuminating beam straight upwards. You can
see them in real movie theaters and they add a nice touch of class to your
For people who want to go all out, you can buy popcorn machines, movie
posters, even real movie theater-style seats (complete with foldable arms and
cup-holders). Home theater projectors and screens are also available, for the
well-heeled movie buff.
Setting up a home theater takes work, but once you’ve done it, you can kick
back, pop the corn, and enjoy a night at the movies without leaving the comfort
of your home. If you build a custom room, you may also have a unique feature on
your hands that will pique homebuyer interest later on.