Planning and designing your new home theater system can be a bit overwhelming. If you understand the right type of room for home theater design, the process won’t be so overwhelming. Here’s a look at some of the things you should understand about the room you choose for your home theater.
Where Should You Start?
The process should really start with the financial and the technical side of things. Home theater systems can range from $1,000 to $25,000 and can even become more expensive. It’s possible to design your own system without much technological knowledge.
Considering the Features of the Room
The room where you plan to install your home theater is one of the most important factors. The size, shape and design of the room will make a difference in the type of system you design. Consider the following aspects of the room:
- Windows – A room with no windows is the best choice, but if this isn’t possible you want to consider a room with the least amount of windows. Windows cause the sound to distort as it reflects off the glass and they can cause glare on the screen when viewing a movie.
- Shape – A perfectly square room will actually cause some distortion. However a rectangular room works perfect and allows the sound to project better.
- Drywall is Best for Walls – You don’t need to staple all types of egg cartons to the wall to make the sound better. Drywall works great for home theater walls. However, concrete isn’t a good choice and you will want to avoid installing your system in the basement or a room with concrete walls.
- The Floor – Carpeted flooring with a new pad will not only create a cozy feeling, but also help with the sound. This is the best choice for the floor of your home theater.
- Color of the Room – When you paint the walls a darker color, you will actually be able to view movies and TV shows better. Bright colors can reflect the light and distract your eyes. The best colors are tans, browns and olive. Avoiding reds and blues will help to ensure you don’t end up with a strange ambient light in the room.
If you haven’t chosen the right room for your home theater system yet, make sure you take these factors into consideration. Your home theater design will be based on the room you choose and the room that fits best will make a huge difference.