If you are sick to death of moviegoers whose only purpose seems to be ruining your cinema experience, we are with you. They make watching movies in public so unpleasant that anyone would suspect that they are sponsored by the Blu-ray industry. Still, watching your summer blockbusters at home just does not cut it, right? No, at least if you do not make your own home cinema. It may look rather hard, but we will do our best to help you in solving this herculean task.
Find the Spare Room
If you want the full-blown theatre experience we will have to tell you that you must say your living room goodbye. You might have the cozy sofa, and all the other perks(distractions) of the urban apartment there, but that makes the living room exactly the opposite of what you want to achieve. Instead, find another room that is roughly 6 meters long, and at least 4 meters wide and throw all the unnecessary furniture out, so the room can be sacrificed for the glory of cinema.
Take Care of the Insulation
Before equipping your home theater with any kind of seats you find the most comfortable (lazy bags, armchairs, or even rocking chairs, if they please you the most) you will have to make sure the movie explosions and gunfire will stay contained in the room. For that, you can either use acoustic wedges, as the easier solution, or cover the wall with the wooden frame, and then add another layer of some dense material, as the harder, but more efficient alternative. If you are going for the latter option prewire all the tech stuff we are going to mention below before finally installing the second layer.
Choose Your Ideal Screen
Your screen may be either a huge TV, or you can buy a projector and make your own silver screen. Of course, if you would compare televisions with movie screens it would be senseless, because every one of them has its own distinct advantages. TV will give you sharper image, while the projector will create more authentic experience. If you are buying the TV, essentially, bigger is better. If you are going for the projector, try to find the one with the fairly high lumen output, and the highest possible resolution for the money given. When forced to choose between them, always prioritize the brightness. As for the screen, any kind of flat, white surface will do the job.
Install the Powerful Audio System
No matter will you play the movie from the laptop or from your HDTV, you will need more powerful speaker upgrade, preferably the 5.1 system (you can even go for the 7.1 but the real life experience hardly justifies the price difference). When buying one, try to find the dimensions that will be the best for the room, not the ones which will cause the most awe, so you do not have to place the speakers into the furniture.
The Little Things
Or in other words, the details which can ruin the experience. For the start place the screen so you do not have to look up. It will cause you a lot of pain in the long run. For the 40’’+ screens, make the distance between the seat and the screen at least one meter. Do your best to make enough space for walking between the seats, so you do not have to annoy other viewers if you need to go to the bathroom. Finally, do not use the gimmicky controls like the voice, or motion commands. Good, old remote, or a mouse are still the best.
Those were few tips that should help you to make your dream of having your own cinema finally come true. It will not be easy, and you will have to invest some money, but if you like your move going experience without compromises, it is well worth the effort.