How to set up your own home theater? Tips

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In the age of pandemonium, your own home theater is a treasure. Here are some tips to help you decorate your living room like a movie theater. It turns out that TV and sound system are not everything!

Adapting the room – tip number 1

It would seem that the most important aspect of a home theater is the equipment. However, as it turns out, room adaptation is the key to achieving the cinema room effect. The first thing you need to consider, though, is whether it’s going to be a living room, or rather a separate, dedicated room (if you can afford it).

Advantages and disadvantages of a home theater in the living room:


  • room availability,
  • low cost of creating a home theater.


  • additional equipment (table, cabinet) is poor acoustics,
  • lack of adequate soundproofing of the living room,
  • difficulties in wiring the room,
  • inability to adjust the floor and walls to the conditions of a home theater.

Advantages and disadvantages of a home theater in a separate room:


  • detailed planning process,
  • space for a large screen and a good number of speakers,
  • proper acoustics, soundproofing, and ceiling and floor finishes,
  • no need to combine multiple functions of one room.


  • considerable expense,
  • additional time-consuming project,
  • necessity of intervention of an architect and sound specialist,
  • the room should have a large area.

Sound absorption/sound absorption – tip number 2

When deciding to have your home theater in a separate room, make sure that it is properly soundproofed. This will help dampen any outside noise that may come in and disturb you during your movie, as well as dampen any sounds that come out of the theater room. The simplest method to achieve the desired effect is to choose an acoustic screen filled with mineral wool and finished with plasterboards. A layer of wool of about 5 cm is enough to effectively soundproof the room. This will not only affect the sound absorption, but also increase the acoustics in the home theater room – we guarantee that you will notice the difference.

Colors and lighting in a home theater room

Dark and dense blinds, or curtains in a room with windows, are a must-have in a room that will house a home theater. After all, you do not want the sun’s rays to reflect in the screen. The room should be kept in a dark color scheme, it does not have to be black, graphite and navy blue will also work here. These should be paints giving a matte effect, which will not reflect the displayed content. The last point is lighting – it is worth betting on discreet lighting fixtures, which will eliminate the contrast between the dark color of the walls and the brightness of the screen

What furniture should I choose?

In this case the matter is simple. First of all the armchairs and sofa should be comfortable. Soft fabric upholstery will additionally muffle sounds and prevent echoes from occurring. A shelf for the TV, if it is to be a standing device, or a suitably durable and stable bracket to suspend the TV, are other elements of equipment. It is worth taking care of the shelves for speakers, which will be placed on a considerable height. A shelf for the projector is also useful, especially in a more advanced home cinema. DVD player, Blu-Ray player, set-top box – these elements can be placed on a small cabinet, which should not interfere with the room acoustics.

TV or projector

When choosing a TV set, go for the highest possible resolution. The quality is crucial when watching dynamic films where the picture changes quickly and rapidly.The TV should also have excellent HDR color reproduction. For example, it can be a screen with 4K quality or 3D if you like more realism in the images presented

A more advanced version is, of course, a projector. The right lighting conditions and a blank background on the wall are a must. A 100+ inch image will be within reach. However, it is worth considering whether the area of the room allows you to watch the projection from a safe distance

Audio equipment for demanding people

  • mini tower,
  • soundbar,
  • 5.1 and 7.1 system with a subwoofer

Each of these proposals may turn out to be a good solution. Everything depends on the size of the room and its acoustics. Betting on mini towers, you have to reckon with poor quality of low-frequency sounds, but in smaller rooms it will pass the test. Soundbar is also a popular choice – it can generate surround sound (ideal for small rooms). The last proposal are sound systems with five or seven speakers and a subwoofer. A concrete solution for fans of strong sensations.

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