Home Theater Tips

If you pay attention to a few home theater tips, you will be sure to create a great room for watching movies and television shows. These tips are the short version of the more detailed information we have in our home theater design pages here at about-home-design.com. I recommend you read through those to get a full understanding of home theater design. But here’s a quick overview of the basic things to do and mistakes to avoid when creating your home theater.

Here are some things you should do:

  • Do match the home theater screen size with the room size. A screen that is too large can be just as uncomfortable to watch as one that is too small.
  • Do place the screen at a height with the center of the screen at, or slightly above, the eye level of the viewers.
  • Do arrange the seating so that every viewer has a comfortable, unobstructed view of the screen.
  • Do add dimmers to the home theater room lights to allow careful control of lighting levels.
  • Do choose “soft” surfaces for the floor and possibly the walls to improve the home theater acoustics.
  • Do think through your automation system to make operating your home theater as easy and convenient as possible.
  • Do install as high quality an audio system as your budget will allow. High quality sound is half of the audio-video experience in any home theater.
  • Do install sound insulation in the walls and ceiling to block outside noise from entering the room and keep theater sounds from disturbing others in the house.

Here are some things you should not do:

  • Don’t place the seating too close to the screen. The closest seats should be no closer than 1.6 times the diagonal size of the screen. For example, if you are using a 60 inch screen, the closest seat should be no closer than 96” (eight feet) from the screen.
  • Don’t install the screen too high. This may be the most important home theater tip of them all. Placing the screen too high will be uncomfortable for the viewers’ eyes and neck.
  • Don’t install a hardwood or tile floor in your home theater. Hard floors reflect sound and will make your home theater reverberate too much. It will make your good audio system sound like a bad audio system.
  • Don’t forget to install good window coverings that can block outside light. Stray light will compromise your video clarity and screen brightness.
  • Don’t paint the walls a light color. Light colors will increase the overall ambient light levels in the room and that is not good.
  • Don’t forget to install good sound insulation in the walls and ceiling to keep movie sounds in and outside sounds out.

Hopefully, these home theater tips will help you create a terrific room your whole family will enjoy. But don’t stop here. Please take a look at our other Home Theater Design pages that discuss home theater design in greater detail.

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