Your Dream Home Theater: Dinner And A Show Like Never Before!

A miniature screen; an uncomfortable couch; an overheating laptop. There are many nuisances that can ruin Movie Night, even before the opening credits. But what if your home movie night experience can be just as entertaining as going to the cinemas? At Abbey Design Center, we can transform your basement into a magical home theater where you can entertain guests, lounge in style, and watch the latest summer blockbusters with comfort and convenience. A major remodeling task such as a home theater may sound daunting at first, but we’re here to break down the project into a few quick concerns. If you keep these pointers in mind when you start your home theater project, you’ll be good to go!

 

What To Consider For Your Home Theater:

Surroundings

As with any home renovation, the first thing you need is to guarantee enough space for what you’re trying to accomplish. Home theaters require a great deal of space, especially if you want to be able to seat a good amount of people. To achieve the best acoustics and sound projection, a rectangular room with no windows is the best option to go with. In addition to the size and shape of the room, carpeted floors are also a terrific way to optimize the sound quality and comfort of the room. Two of the best wall options to consider for your theater are drywall and acoustic wall panels that are designed specifically for home theaters. If your basement already has concrete walls, consider installing studs and drywall to avoid audio reflecting around the room.

Home Theater Acoustics

Acoustics

Speaker position in the room and distance from the seating are key attributes in achieving high-quality volume that doesn’t hurt your ears. Typical home theater speaker systems come with six different speaker units – five full-range speakers and one low-range specialist, the woofer. For the ideal experience, two speakers should be behind all of the seats with the other three and the woofer to the front of the audience. Each speaker should be about 20 inches from the wall to avoid any sound refraction that could cause the audio to be distorted. The center front speaker is the most important and should have the most sound coming out of it – this is to make it seem like the audio is actually coming from the front rather than another direction.

Lighting

When it comes to lighting your home theater, we make sure to provide you with all you need to actually feel like you’re at the movies in the comfort of your own home. There are many different options of lighting for home theaters for every part of the room from the floor to the ceiling. For larger theaters with steps along the seats, there are LED Step Lights as well as LED lighting strips built into the floor to help your guests see where they are walking when the lights are dimmed. The best kind of lighting for the overall theater is recessed lighting. These overhead lights make it easy to dim and light up the room, giving it the true movie theater experience.

Roll out the red carpet when you #RemodelWithAbbey!

If you’re looking to have a relaxing movie night in at home with the full theater experience, contact Abbey Design Center today for a free estimate towards your dream entertainment room!

Our Houzz page has some of our latest projects regarding home theaters as well. Feel free to check them out!

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