There’s nothing like popping some popcorn, and curling up in a comfortable place at home, to settle in to watch a movie. Think of the surprise your family will experience when you let them know at the holidays that you’ll be creating a Home Theater, the ultimate in home viewing.

But what you do need to know to design your own home theater? What are the components and elements you need to create the perfect venue. While the idea sounds wonderful, it can be a mangle facts, figures and possibilities of which there are many. A budget can run anywhere from $1,000 to $25,000. The technical details can be overwhelming.
What are the things you need to consider?

The Room

Choosing a basement room or a spare bedroom is the best bet. If you want to go fancy (and expensive) a room addition can be nice. A dedicated room with few windows and few hard surfaces, like glass covered pictures, make a difference in sound and light.

Walls and Flooring

There are a variety of ways to go from sound absorption tiles to peel and stick carpeting on the walls and flooring. The end result you are looking for is not to have bouncing sound. You should also have it as dark coloring as possible, either painted or with dark drapes.

The Viewing and Seating

With a high-definition display screen you can feel immersed in the action. However, choosing the right size, isn’t just a matter of money, but of optimum viewing, and sometimes bigger isn’t necessarily better.

Seating isn’t just the comfort of a soft couch or chair but being at the right angle, level and distance from the screen and centered to take advantage of the sound system.

The Sound

The precise placement of 5.1 surround sound, meaning there are five full-range speakers and one low-range woofer adds to the experience of a home theater.

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