Creating a theater is one of the best investments you can make in your home. It doesn’t have to be a large room to become a fun place for everyone to gather. A night in can be as fun as heading out for the evening if you have the right equipment and comfortable sitting places.
The elements of a new home theater system incorporate HD visuals, stunning audio, and innovative home integration options.
If you’re considering this upgrade, here are some tips while designing or renovating a space in your Brooklyn home.
1. Think About Seating First
Your seating arrangement must be the first design element to consider. The goal should be to ensure that each person has a maximum viewing angle that delivers a comfortable and pleasurable experience.
Measure the screen size for your projector or HDTV diagonally. Then multiply it by 2.5 to discover the distance your sofas and chairs should be from the picture.
2. Review Your Sound Options
A dedicated soundbar in a home theater room can deliver profound depth to the listening experience. You can also install high-quality surround sound systems that rumble the floor when the bass hits.
The best designs deliver audio without bringing an intrusive experience. The focus should be on the screen instead of speaker placement when the lights go down.
- Home theater designs using a 5.1 surround sound system should have three speakers and a subwoofer in the front and two behind the seating.
- Those with a 7.1 system should place five speakers around the front, with two coming closer to the side and another two in the rear.
- If your seats have built-in speakers, you’ll need to consider the room’s audio balance to ensure each sound delivers a high-quality result.
Consider adding one to your equipment if your speaker system doesn’t have a subwoofer. However, don’t place it inside a cabinet where the sound vibrations get trapped to create a muffled sound.
3. Consider Your Angles
The light from the TV or projector can hit reflective surfaces and bounce in unanticipated ways. Your goal with this design should be to avoid as many angles and reflections as possible that could disrupt the viewing experience.
Rooms with windows will require shadowing during the day to avoid glare interference. At night, they’ll need to be shielded to prevent reflections. Consider having blinds or drapes installed to create more consistency with the lighting.
4. Start the Build
Most rooms need some infrastructure help to create a pleasurable viewing experience that meets NYC’s codes. An experienced contractor can help you achieve that result.
Flooring is the first need. Concrete floors can reflect sound, create dampness, and cause uncomfortable viewing experiences. Instead, consider installing hardwood or carpeting to create a softer, warmer result.
Vapor and insulation barriers could also be necessary for some homes. The first product provides extra protection from outside moisture, while the second creates a more consistent indoor temperature with some sound-deadening benefits.
You might want acoustic panels or a double drywall layer to encourage more sound dampening and mildew resistance. Concealed wiring will need to be pre-wired in the layout before having the insulation installed.
5. Projector Placement
Most projectors are placed on the wall behind the home theater seating. You can also have it mounted on the ceiling above your head to ensure the equipment is out of the way. It will need to be positioned appropriately, so the picture is centered on the screen while filling it out.
If you have a small home theater, an LCD projector with a 1000 ANSI lumens rating is the minimum you’ll need for a successful installation.
6. Wiring Options
An experienced home theater contractor can help you select the best wiring and hardware for this update. For example, a lower gauge is a thicker product, but it might improve the viewing and listening experience by transferring more information.
Most Brooklyn home theaters use 16-gauge wire. If your design requires more than 50 feet or you prefer an in-wall or ceiling speaker, power loss is avoidable by going to a 14- or 12-gauge wire. It helps to label your cables and wires to ensure any changes to your setup are easily manageable.
A home theater can provide an equity boost to any home while offering unique comforts and conveniences. If you’d like to see what is possible at your Brooklyn property, please contact one of our friendly representatives at your convenience. You might find that a night at home is more affordable than you knew!