Home Theater Rooms - Design and Layout Ideas
Home theater rooms range from dingy basements to purpose-built areas with all the whistles and bells you can imagine. Your choice of room depends on many factors: your budget, the existing layout of your home, the priority you give to your home theater and your imagination.
The first step is to pick the best area of your house for your home theater. There are many potential home theater rooms, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The basement is one of the most popular areas, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s usually separated from the rest of the house by a flight of stairs, which makes it easy to see it as a separate home theater zone rather than a regular room.
Basements also win out on ambiance – or lack of it. Although we usually want rooms to have as much sunlight as possible, a basement’s darkness is a positive asset when it comes to installing a home theater system, because your aim is to minimize ambient light and sound. However, you need to ensure that your basement is well insulated against damp, because electrical equipment and moisture don’t mix.
The living room is another popular choice of home theater room, perhaps because most people already keep their regular TV there. However, you need to think carefully about your priorities – and those of the other people who live in your house – before you start bringing in the speakers. The size of the room relative to the size of the home theater is also important. A large home theater system will dominate a small or average-sized living room. That’s fine if you want your home theater to be the focus, but it’s not fine if your spouse wants the living room to be a space for family time and socializing. You should think about what other space there is in the house – if you want to watch a movie in peace, does this mean forcing your family into the hallway because there’s nowhere else for them to go?
It’s a good idea to use a spare bedroom as your home theater room, providing that the room is more than a glorified cupboard. Of course, you’ll need to install the right seating, remove the bedroom furniture and put some heavy blinds in place to minimize the light interference, but you can devote the whole room to your theater and you’re out of everybody’s way. The main disadvantage is that noise may be more likely to disturb sleepers if it’s coming from a room on the same floor. Also, you need to find somewhere to put all the clutter you’ve been accumulating in the spare room.
Of course, the ideal solution is to design a purpose-built area for your home theater – perhaps by building an extension to your house.
However, the average budget doesn’t stretch to this. Still, with some imagination and a little work, you can convert an existing room into a great home theater room.