Are you shopping around to create a home theater? Or are you looking for ideas to create an immersive home theater experience?
If the answer to either or both of the questions is a ‘yes,’ you are in the right place. You need not navigate through a plethora of options to decide which ones are the most essential.
We will reveal five of the most vital components to create a truly capturing, relaxing, and capable of suspending your reality kind of home theater experience.
A quick tip, did you know that a rectangular room with your projection screen or TV on a shorter wall will create the best sound transmission? Moreover, you must choose the right size screen in proportion to the size of your room; it cannot be too big or too small.
Next, the atmosphere, the aura, the ambiance – yes, we are talking about the lighting. A suitable environment will add a hint of serenity to your home theater experience.
5 Ways to Recreate a Perfect Home Theater Experience
The current circumstances have left every housebound. From schooling to work, ordering food to hang out, everything is mostly online. This has encouraged many people to make the most of their streaming service subscriptions and bring the cinema home.
How? Simple, create your own home theater experience and here are five ways to make sure of it.
#1: Getting a Large Screen
Time to be big, bold and beautiful on your screen choice – If you wish to get lost in the experience, you need a screen that is both massive and immersive.
No matter how good an ambiance and sound effects you create, a small screen will make it feel like watching television in your living room. Therefore, you must go for a bigger screen than you think you may. Trust us; you will be shocked how quickly you adapt and appreciate the larger screen.
A quick tip on minimum distance requirement; the recommended viewing distance for an 85” 4K screen is 10 feet or less. Plus, this is an adequate screen size to suit home theater unless you are using a massive hall.
#2: Sound Effects are the Soul of Home Theater Experience
Do not make the classic mistake of investing in a nice big screen and thinking it will have impressive sound quality.
It may have a loud sound, but for a good home theater experience, you need to surround sound effect and feel them. Remember how you can virtually feel when you hear the wind blowing or raining?
Let us say sound and display shares 50/50 credit to create an immersive home theater experience. Thus, it is vital to invest in decent home theater surround-sound equipment.
You must aim to install components that highlight the sonic sound elements for immersion and the ability to make you jump out of your skin with the sound of thunder, gunshot. If you and your friends are horror movie buffs, you are in for a spooky treat.
#3: The Mood Is of Essence
Lighting is of the essence to enjoy a movie, be it at the theater or your home; it sets the mood. For example, you are watching a horror movie; you have two options, i.e., to watch it with the daylight coming in or in a dark room? We would go for the latter to crank it up a notch; what about you?
Apart from that, you do not need any light reflecting or interfering with your cinematic action. All you need is enough ambiance to find your way to the kitchen, grab your popcorns, and trace your footsteps back to your seat.
Did you know you can install a controllable lighting system to adjust the mood? You can even adjust different colors as per your movie theme.
In case you do not have a home theater space but wish to create a home theater experience in your living room, you can do so by controlling the natural light levels by installing motorized shading. These days, you can get smart shades with voice control or via a smartphone app.
#4: Invest in Ultra-comfortable Seats
So you have invested a great deal of thought and money into getting a decent-sized screen, a bolting surround sound system, and perfect ambiance. But wait, what about the seating arrangement?
We would recommend buying plushy, melt-into couches for a luxurious home theater experience. You can choose from couches to single-seaters and recliners. However, the number of seats will depend on your home theater room size; too many of them and you may be blocking other people’s viewing angle.
Bean bags are another great option for small spaces, and they are very budget-friendly as well. You can even get some movie-themed cushion covers online.
A quick tip: always ensure that all seats are set so that everyone gets a clear view of the screen. Moreover, find out the right distance from the screen and the sound system to avoid uncomfortably loud hearing, bad eyesight, and neck pain for the ones nearer to the equipment.
#5: How about Carpeting
You must have noticed wall-to-wall carpeting in cinemas, even wondered what they are for? The reason is that not only do they absorb sound but make the entire space more intimate.
Carpets have the ability to absorb bass frequencies, which results in clarity of high-frequency sounds in the movie without a need to lower the volume.
We know that wall-to-wall carpet maybe a bit too much for your home theater. However, we would recommend to at least get a floor carpet or rugs to create somewhat similar smooth sound quality and intimacy.
Another tip is to get a darker color shade for the carpet. A lighter shade and the bright screen display will lighten up the room too much, spoiling the overall ambiance.