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How to Design a Home Theater

Install Sound Insulation, Add a Screen, Surround Sound, and Theater Seating

© 2013 by Kandace Heller; all rights reserved; content may not be copied, rewritten, or republished without written permission.

Upscale home theater; photo courtesy Kandace Heller

These days, you don’t have to go to the movie theater to enjoy the best movie experience. In fact, if you don’t want to deal with the outrageous concession prices and appalling movie theater manners, you can actually have the best experience watching a movie in your own home theater.

Here are six tips to help you create a home theater that will make you forget about going out to the movies.

Pick the Location

You want to choose an area of the house where the noise from the movies will not disturb anyone. This usually means setting the theater up in the basement. You will need a space at least 20 feet long and 13 feet wide to create your home theater.

Install Sound Insulation

Sound insulation is a must to create the best home theater atmosphere. Installing some sound insulation has a two-fold effect.

It keeps the noise of the movie from invading other areas of the house, but it also keeps the outside noises from disturbing the movie immersion experience.

There are many ways of insulating an interior room. You are only limited by how much money you are prepared to part with. Drapes and wall hangings are one idea. Tectum panels are also very effective.

If you are remodeling the room you might consider adding another layer of sheetrock to the walls. The most effective approach is to use QuietRock®, a product specifically designed to muffle sound. It is popular in recording studios.

Select the TV

Selecting the right TV is the most crucial part of building a home theater. There are so many amazing TVs on the market right now that it can be hard to pick one. Your best bet is to go to the store and to take some time watching the screens of TVs in which you are interested.

Make sure to pay attention to performance with various types of programming. When choosing a TV, you will need to pay attention to the screen size and resolution. Your budget and the exact size of your theater will play a role in which TV you will choose.

Surround Sound

Your best bet for installing great surround sound is to use the fabulous wireless speakers that are in the market today. This pro audio equipment will avoid the mess of the wires.

Also, these wireless speakers do not suffer from any lack of performance. Keep in mind that installing more speakers increases the lifelike quality of the sound, which is why professional audio systems use as many speakers as possible.

Theater Seating

Although the sound and picture are very important, the seating is just as important when creating the perfect home theater setup. You want to install the most comfortable seating imaginable.

Make sure to use a rise to give the back rows just as good a view as the front row. Your guests will really appreciate if you make your seats recliners for optimal comfort.


To complete the home theater atmosphere, make sure to install some mood lighting along the walls. This should be lighting that can be dimmed down when the movie is about to begin. This is the final touch that makes a home theater seem just like a professional theater.

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