Where to Place Your Home Theater Room

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The first step is deciding whether you want an entertainment room or a dedicated movie theater room. An entertainment room is a multi-purpose space that is usually configured with cozy seating, games, bar area, a large flat screen TV or multiple TV’s. This is a room where family and friends can gather for social events. A dedicated movie room is solely focused on the quality of the projector or TV, speakers, and seating. For more information click here (link to the page of the differences between rooms)

Entertainment Room

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Dedicated Movie Theater

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When building your home theater the second question you have to ask yourself is… What room should my home theater be in? The best scenario is planning the design layout before moving in, but sometimes this is not possible. You will face some construction challenges when it comes to picking the right room, but we are here to help! You should choose a room where there is enough space for seating and that has few closets, doors, and windows.  You will also need to be able to access video and audio content from many sources:

1    Traditional cable and satellite services

2    Broadcast TV

3    The Internet

4    Blu-ray Discs

5    DVDs and CDs

6    Digital and video cameras

7    iPods/iPads and portable devices

After you have decided where your home theater will be built or placed, you will then proceed to create a simple diagram of the room. This diagram should include the layout of your overall room: where your TV/projector will be placed, seating, games, bar area, and other equipment.

Ultimate Theater Room Checklist

  If  you are planning on creating an entertainment room or theater room in an existing room this checklist will help you recognize conversion problems early on. If you are planning to create a layout before moving in or designing an add-on this checklist will allow you to consider the location wisely due to the demands of a high-quality theater room.

  •  Space: Space is key because you want enough room between the screen and your seating for the ultimate viewing of your movie. If you are choosing to go with an entertainment room you also want enough room to fit in games and possibly a bar area.
  • Rectangular vs. Square rooms- With a rectangular room you will have more options when it comes to the design and layout. In most cases, the sound in a rectangular room is more superb than a square shaped room. This is because square rooms have parallel walls, which can cause abnormal sounding dips and peaks at certain levels. This causes problems for the bass making it sound boomy or creating unwanted echoing.
  •  Few doors and windows:  This is more important in dedicated movie rooms because when viewing your movie you do not want outside light interfering with your viewing.
  • Avoiding glare- When deciding where to place your projector screen or TV you must put into consideration where your windows are located. If your window is on the west or east side you should place your TV/projector on the opposing wall. For daytime viewing, you will need to get shades. We recommend Creston for quiet, sleek, motorized shades. http://creativesound.info/services/motorized-shades
  •  Isolated rooms: Rooms such as a den might be the best choice because the sound can be secluded from rooms and neighbors. It is also easier to run wires in dens or basements compared to concrete block.
  •  High ceilings: This is important if you decide to use a projector. It is a smart idea to mount your projector high above seating. This will prevent noise and heat produced by the projector. If you do not have high ceilings, super-sized LED/LCD displays are a great option.
  • Walls: The walls nearer the front of the room and viewing screen should be closer together and farther apart in the back.

PROS to renovating a room

  •    Saves you money
  •   Fewer construction requirements
  •   Good use of existing space

CONS to renovating a room

  •   May not be the ideal theater layout
  •   Window and doors could cause problems with lighting
  •   Theater noise
  •   Wiring could get complicated

Pros to building your room

  •  Being able to design the layout properly
  •  Configure to meet all your needs
  •   Ideal space 

Cons to building your room

  •   Pricey
  •   Timely

 

About the Author

Doug Greenwald founded Creative Sound and Integration with his business partner Ed Moreeau in 2001. Since then Creative Sound and Integration has been a leader in the home automation industry providing their customers with superior technology and customer service.