Thinking about designing a home theater, but not sure where to start? It all depends on your vision, and the space you have. Are you just looking for a simple TV mounting in your Charleston or Myrtle Beach home, plus a soundbar? If you have the space, a dedicated home theater room is an ideal option. It allows you to craft a space entirely around the needs of your home theater. You may also be considering creating a media room – AKA, adding impressive video and sound to an existing space, like a living room. In either case, the dimensions of the room will inform the equipment needed. Here are five pieces of information to collect as you research your home theater options:
#1: Confirm The Dimensions Of Your Room
What’s the ceiling height? Are there any anomalies in the ceiling or walls that may restrict speaker locations? Where’s the entrance to the room, and how big are the doors? Take photos of your space to share with your home theater consultant or contractor.
#2: Is There Natural Light Present?
If your space has windows, there will be natural light during parts of the day and we’ll want to account for that by installing window treatments that fit your decor, but also block out unwanted light to immerse you in the experience.
#3: Seating Arrangements
How big your screen is will determine how far away your seating should go. How many people would you like to have present? From couches to dedicated home theater seating, once you have the screen size and number of seats, you can start bringing the right furniture into the room.
Built-in speakers can be placed in your wall to create impressive sound that’s also unobtrusive. If you want a more informal setup, you can set up floor-standing speakers that take up floor space, but don’t require putting them into the walls.
Depending on the construction of your room and the sound absorption materials already present (like carpet or furniture), you may find that your new home theater system doesn’t deliver like you want. That’s because anyone planning a home theater room needs to take into account the acoustics of the room. If you’re dealing with a poor acoustic environment, look at installing sound-dampening materials like acoustic paneling and wall treatments.