Design a Home Theater Room
Home theater rooms are a gathering and entertainment space for families and friends. These entertaining spaces can be customized with game spaces, a wet bar and theater-like seating to name a few ideas. These high-tech spaces also require a bit of planning and a great cooling system. Electronics do not function well when the space is too warm. The right approach to take is selecting the equipment first, then the cooling system, additional accessories and finally, the furnishings to complete the space.
Selecting the Right Electronics
Maintaining current technology trends is difficult with new products releasing often. It is ideal to allow products to be on the market for roughly six months before making a purchase. Most first generation electronics are known to have problems with functionality or operation, often making second generation items are more ideal for home theater needs.
Items to Include
When you are building your entertainment area, it is advisable to draw out a plan so that you have a general idea of where each component will be placed. Ensure that you are placing the electronics along the sturdiest wall, especially where wall-mounting is a factor.
Popular items for home theater spaces include:
- Large television
- Stereo receiver
- Speaker system
- Gaming system
- Wet bar
- Table game area
- Separate lounge area
- Refreshment area
The refreshment area could include non-perishable snack choices and a clear-viewing refrigerator with additional snacks for guests to enjoy.
If the space is small, write a list of items that must be included to make it completely functional. Perhaps cutting out the lounge and table game area would be feasible. This will ensure that only the necessary components are included, such as the main entertainment, seating and a refreshment/bar area.
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Choosing Technology Types
Most consumers have loyalty to specific brands, simply based upon word-of-mouth popularity. In order to get the most out of the home theater space, it is best to examine a variety of brands and make an educated decision.
When selecting technology brands, read consumer reviews and trusted website ratings. Simply buying a brand, because of its name may not give you the performance that you expect. You should look for bass clarity, treble clarity, picture quality, ratings after hours of use, distortion rates and ease of use notations. Electronics don't have to be a mystery to operate.
Furnishing the Space
When it's time to work on furnishing the space, select a theme first. Building around a theme helps you to narrow the furniture options down to specific material types and shapes to complement the space well. Leave plenty of room in the space for moving around. Crowding the area with too much furniture or too many wall hangings will make it look cluttered. Theater rooms have a specific purpose, so in this case, less is more.
For instance, one or two rows of comfortable theater seating are sufficient for most rooms. A separate couch, loveseat or a couple of oversized chairs are other additions that make the space comfortable. If you have a gaming area, make sure that you have two gaming chairs available too.
Hiring a Designer and Installation Contractor
In this situation, it is ideal to work with both a designer and an installation contractor. The benefits to using a professional designer is that the space will be properly proportioned and the furniture will fit well in the space. Accent pieces, wall hangings or decorations and the colors selected will also fit the personalities of those living in the home. A few unique items may be custom made for the space by the designer as well. Many designers use this type of technique to personalize a space and put their stamp on it.
As far as using a professional installer is concerned, special attention is paid to the layout of each component. Speakers are placed in the right places along walls to maximize sound and tone. The installer can even run the wiring inside the wall along the baseboards so that cords are not strewn across the space causing a hazard. The right configuration of components along with the perfect selection of technology, whether it is SmartTVs, wireless setups or satellite integrations, makes the space truly state-of-the-art.
Create a list of must have items for the home theater room. You should also create a section of that list that is full of ideas of what you want the space to look and/or sound like. This will help a designer and contractor provide exactly what it is that you want. Efficiency, delivery and performance are the three most important factors for homeowners to be satisfied with their home theater rooms.