Building a Home Theater From Scratch: 10 Tips & 5 No-Nos
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“Home theater? Wait, are you serious? Who has money for that?” you are probably thinking. However, you don´t have to be an A-Lister or filthy rich to build your lovely, functional home theater system. All you need to build it from scratch are valuable pieces of advice from those who know how it has to be done.
Let´s begin with several big no-no´s:
5 Big No-Nos of building a home theater:
Don´t plan to buy without research!
That would be the worst thing you could do. Do you know the prices, additional options, quality? Yes, you have to analyze all of these things well if you want to spend smartly. As we said earlier, home theater is not only for very rich people. Therefore, plan your budget ahead.
Place your TV neither too low nor too high
Your TV should be placed in a position where you are sure people won´t strain their neck or shoulder muscles. It is all about comfort, so make sure they feel well in your theatre.
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Don´t forget to arrange the seats properly
You should position seating in a way that they are not too far away from the screen, but still not too close. That is why you have to measure the room and plan the space before starting. Having a plan ahead will save you lot of nerves.
When we say bad lighting is a big no-no it is pretty obvious why. Well, you certainly don’t want rays of sun to fall on your TV screen. Therefore, you have to fix that lighting problem before it occurs. The best solutions are to either build a theater in a room without big windows or to buy blackout shades and blinds. It’s ultimately up to you.
Wrongly positioned door
Do you know what is even more irritating than teenagers in the theatre? Believe it or not, it exists, and it is when people go to the toilet in the middle of an exciting scene. But, we are all humans, so instead of forbidding others to move, place the door correctly. By that, we mean: be sure people won´t pass in front of the screen when they get up. They should have enough space to go outside in a way that will not interrupt anyone.
Now that you know what to avoid, let’s look at some tips to build a perfect home theater.
Tips to make a brilliant DIY home theatre:
Pick the room
You have to find a perfect place for your theatre as it is complex and you have to meet all criteria to create a full experience. This is maybe the hardest part of working on this. Approximately, the room should be 20 feet long by 13 feet wide and if possible, isolated from the rest of the house.
Isolation is everything
When you decide where to start building the theatre you will want to isolate that room. You don´t want the rest of the house shaking while you watch a loud action movie (Die Hard comes to mind). That is why you should choose good materials that will provide solid sound isolation. You should buy R30 isolation for exterior walls, floor, and ceiling. Also, you should buy the sound isolation for interior walls. For that, the best option is R11.
Typically people choose 7.1 surround sound system that consists of 7 channel speakers and a subwoofer. You have complete freedom to choose where you will place each speaker.
Decide where you will keep the hub that will guard your receiver and other A/V equipment. The hub can be put in a cabinet inside the theater or in a nearby closet. If you are building the cabinet by yourself, check out this Toolsy´s advice on how to choose the best cabinet table saws.
Buy a surge protector
You will spend money on details, equipment, isolation, sound surroundings and furniture, but you have to make sure that your equipment will survive. If you want to keep your electronics safe, buy a surge protector. We advise you to invest your money in a high-quality surge protector that also comes with a warranty. That warranty will protect any equipment that is potentially damaged in a power surge.
For a complete theatre experience, it is best to install a video projector. To do that you will need an HDMI cable and CAT5 control wire for accessing the projector with a radio frequency (RF) remote. CAT5 is great because it will allow you to start a movie without pointing at the projector which is pretty convenient, to say the least.
Invest in lighting
Presumably, your room doesn’t own big windows or generally, windows. That is the excellent start for creating theatre atmosphere with the proper lighting. You can truly play with it! Maybe the best kind of lighting you should consider is to choose a light that has 6,500 Kelvin degrees. These lights will preserve the color and add up to the theatre atmosphere.
Choose the room color
The darker, the better. Brighter colors would reflect light which is distracting and inconvenient if you want to build an amazing theatre. Our recommendations are brown, dark brown, and olive.
A nice, high-quality carpet will give the feeling of coziness and warmth to the room, especially if you intend to watch some family-friendly movies with your kids. Perhaps you would prefer to watch it on the floor, and that is when the carpet kicks in. Also, if you plan a romantic night with your loved one, sitting on the carpet is way more poetic than a regular sitting.
Choose the furniture
You can make your DIY chairs, or you can buy some unconventional sofas. Maybe, you can simply put lazy bags everywhere. It is entirely up to you since the furniture is there to create the atmosphere you have initially planned.
Last, but definitely, not the least, is bringing internet content to your home theatre. The most affordable solution for this is internet-enabled Blu-ray players. Blu-ray player offers high-definition, with built-in Wi-Fi for less than $250, which is 20 times less than $5000 Internet-enabled TV.
And that’s a wrap! Do you think we missed on a tip or two? Share with us in the comments below.
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