How to construct the perfect home cinema room
Constructing a home cinema room
A home cinema is something that many people aspire to – a dream feature that brings a real wow-factor to your property. And with home cinema systems, smart technology, and soundproofing materials being more available and affordable than ever, the DIY-minded can carry out their own conversions. Here are some things to consider when you’re constructing the perfect home cinema.
Find the best room
Whether your property is a sprawling five-bedroom detached or something a little more modest, you’ll need to dedicate an entire room to your cinema. Ideally your room will be rectangular as this shape provides the best acoustic performance. As few windows as possible is also preferable, and any windows you do have should be covered with good blackout blinds or thick drapery. A carpeted floor is also best, as it will help with sound absorption.
Soundproofing is a good idea for your home cinema. Not only can it reduce the amount of sound that gets reflected off surfaces within the room, it will also block out any external noise coming from nearby rooms. Options include acoustic boards, which are slim and easy to install, or acoustic glass wool, which is also a thermal insulator, and therefore a good option if you’re converting a garage or basement.
Lighting is key to the overall ambience of your home cinema. Again, there are plenty of options depending on the effect you want. Spotlights that are recessed into the ceiling are a popular choice, creating glare-free illumination that’s easily dimmable, while wall sconces create more atmosphere and a sense of comfort and cosiness.
Once the room is prepared, it’s time to choose the equipment. High-end equipment will, of course, deliver the best quality, but before splashing out on a 4k projector and surround sound, you’ll want to consider what will actually produce the best effect in your particular space. Seeking the advice of a professional home cinema installer can be beneficial at this point, as they can determine what will work best and where speakers should be positioned.
Whether you’re going to be watching your favourite movies on a sofa or in commercial-style cinema seats, you’ll need to ensure they’re placed optimally within the space. Seating should be between two and five screen-widths from the screen itself, and if there’s more than one row, you’ll need some tiering to ensure everyone gets an unobstructed view.
Any other furniture, such as tables or drinks cabinets will need to be positioned so that they don’t present a tripping hazard or obstruct viewing. Speakers, meanwhile, can be hidden in walls or mounted discreetly to give a clean, slick finish to the room.
If you’re unsure about creating a DIY solution for movie nights, why not seek help from experienced professionals, who can assist with your home cinema installation in Kent?