Home Theater Building
The home theater building process is never as difficult and demanding as some people tend to
assume. With the right procedure, you can have the movie-theater experience even at the comfort
of your own house.
Apparently, there are a number of individuals who have embraced this technology. It is not a
“thing of the rich” as it was in the 1990s. The average families can also afford to create their
home theater, thanks to the affordable technology.
Building a home theater procedure
You can have your unique home theater by following these 8 simple procedures:
1. Identify a space where you want to build the theater
It is advisable to choose a space that is somehow isolated from the rest of the house. May be a
room far away from the center of the house can do. Generally, it should be that place that sound
from the theater does not interfere/inconvenience other people. That is, it should be off the
family room and it should be about 20ft by 13ft.
2. Insulate the room
Insulation is an important aspect of the home theater building process. You must go for the
recommended ratings. For instance, an R30 material is highly recommended. Again, a loosely
packed R11 can act as a sound buffer.
Ideally, you must ensure that the room is properly insulated and the sound controlled – it should
be confined within the theater.
3. Wire the surround sound
In most cases, people tend to go for the 7.1 surround sound system. That is, 7 channel speakers
and one subwoofer. Before you begin the process, you need to mark all the locations where each
speaker will go. That is, for rear, side, left, right and center speakers. You need to choose the
location of the hub. The wires should run from the hub to the location of the speakers. This does
imply that your imagination is limited to the 7.1 systems, there are the 9.1 surround systems too.
This implies that you’ll have more speakers to incorporate in your home theater building budget.
4. Pre-wire your projector
You will need two cables; the HDMI cable designed for the high definition video and CAT5
control wire that will allow you to access the projector with an RF remote. The cables should run
from the equipment hub to the rear of the theater.
5. Consider the lighting system
You should pre-wire the lighting system. You need to select the lighting systems carefully. This
is because it will play an integral role in creating a movie theater atmosphere. It is this
atmosphere that most people lack in their living rooms thus, they have to go to the movie
theaters. You should run your electrical wires carefully within the room. Again, integrating it
with an RF dimmer will let you control the lighting system.
6. Sound barriers and dry wall
You should ensure that you’re in a position to route all the pre-wired cables. Again, you can
install more sound barriers such as a drywall with a sound-dampening material.
7. Set up the video and sound systems
You can hand your speakers, screen and projectors. For the size of the theater used here, you can
have a screen, which is about 110 inches. All the speakers and the projectors will connect at the
equipment hub. You need to choose high quality systems such as the blue-ray players.
You can also decorate the home theater with photos or graphics of your choice.
8. Install the seats
If you can furnish the home theater with comfy sofas or loveseats the better. Most people opt for
the theater-style seating. You need to be comfortable since you’ll be spending the better part of
your time in the theater.
When you follow all these procedures carefully, you shall go about the entire home theater
building process hustle free. As a reminder, try to be flexible and creative as you approach the