Creating a home theater can be an incredibly fun summer activity for the family. There’s nothing greater than watching your favorite movie on a large screen surrounded by those you love, but without the cost of a movie ticket.
However, when building your home theater, there are certain things to keep in mind in order to ensure that your experience goes as well as you could hope for.
Location, Location, Location
If you’re building an area specifically for a home theater, you’ll probably want to insulate in order to create the best environment for decent sound. However, if you’re simply using a room in your house for a special family night, it’s best to find a location that has good acoustics or is relatively small in order to keep the sound in the room. The ensure that the sound will be good, consider getting a sound bar.
A sound bar condenses the need for multiple speakers into a single horizontal bar that you can place right below the screen. This should ensure that your home theater’s sound is incredible at best and good at the least. Sound is, after all, what delivers a good part of the cinematic experience.
Lighting design is another part of the cinematic experience, and with the wrong lighting, you can easily kill the room’s atmosphere. For a white light, use LED lights with a bulb marked for 3000-4100K. LED lights used in residential lighting can be dialed down to suit your cinematic needs in the room.
However, if your home theater is outside your home in your backyard during the warm summer months, consider using architectural outdoor lighting that won’t distract from the screen. Architectural outdoor lighting is typically meant to highlight features of the home such as trees, fountains, or the porch.
Yet for your outdoor theater, consider using architectural outdoor lighting that is more subtle, such as recessed lighting, in order to keep the yard lit without taking attention away from the movie. Other architectural lighting to consider would be path lights in order help family members and guests find their way back to the house should they need to go to the kitchen for snacks or the bathroom in the middle of the movie.
Whether your theater is inside or outside your home, something else you’ll need to consider while setting up the screen is its positioning. If your screen is close to windows, the sun can cast an unfortunate glare on the screen and ruin the movie even if it has the brightest picture. The same goes for outdoor theaters where the sun can cast a glare on the screen depending on the time of the day you watch the movie.
To combat possible glares, attempt to position your TV or the screen in a place that has an around-the-clock shadow or in a room that has smaller windows such as the basement. For outdoor theaters, consider getting an overcast shade to block the sun’s glare from the screen or consider watching outdoor movies in the evenings when the picture will most likely resemble a drive-in.
To set up the best home theater, be sure to take location, lighting, and the positioning of the screen or television into account. By having your theater in a room that offers the best sound surrounded by soft and minimal lighting you can have an incredible cinematic experience in the comfort of your own home.