Home Theater Design

What To Think About When Planning Your Home Theater

Preparing For Your Dream Theater

As you consider the space you'd like to make into a media room or home theater, there are some questions you can ask to better prepare yourself to speak with an expert about the project.  From room dimensions to ambient light to seating arrangements, thinking through the basic layout and environment of your home theater space can accelerate the development process and save time and money down the line.

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#1: Room Dimensions

It’s always good to have at least the essential measurements like ceiling height, room width and depth. But it’s most important to note anomalies in the room, beams, coves, duct work- anything that will limit equipment and speaker locations. These type of things will dramatically affect the sound of your system.

Tip: Use your smartphone or camera and snap a few shots.

Don’t forget to note where you enter the room/area and what type of doors (if any) they are and how big. This will impact seating and speaker placement because we have to allow a pathway. If there are any other doors of closets, etc, it’s good to note those and get the sizes.

#2: Windows and Ambient Light

Theaters don’t have windows, and we want to give you the best performance possible. So first we document them on the plans.  Just like the doors, they can tend to get in the way of the design.

Generally, we want to know how much light is coming in. Make a mental note at different times of the day what it’s like without lights on.  Different screen materials exist that try to counteract the effects of ambient light.

#3: Home Theater Seating

Screen size, speaker placement, projector location are all based on the position of the audience, and that's determined by your home theater seating setup. So it’s good to have a general idea of how much seating you'd like.  For instance:

A room that needs to seat 10 or more is going to have a different setup than a room with 1 to 4 viewers. Also, what kind of seat?  Recliners, sofas, sectionals, chaise loungers, heck even bean bags. These all have different space requirements, viewing restrictions and head placements. Having an idea of what kind of seat is a big help.

#4: Speaker Type

Do you want to be able to see your speakers (floor standing, stand mounted or wall mounted) or do you want them to be built-in and out of the way (in-walls, in-ceiling).

For all-purpose home theaters with larger capacities, built-ins typically work the best.  If it’s an adults only house or your private man cave, you might opt for floor standing speakers.

#5: Wall Treatments

In a room with poor acoustic conditions, even the best audio equipment won't resonate with the power you intend.  That's why we often recommend acoustic paneling and wall treatments, enabling you to create the ideal acoustic environment for your home theater.  The materials used in the construction of your room, the room's size, and the nature of the surrounding rooms are just a few of the factors affecting the kind of acoustic treatments you may need.  Consult with one of our experts to discuss the best treatment options for your room.

Bring Your Design To Life

Our Layton, Utah design center is perfect for discussing your ideas and plans with home theater pros.  Our experts can guide you in projector, screen, component, seating and audio selection.  And if you want to control everything with a simple automation system, that's possible too.  Call or stop by our showroom.  We'd love to help consult on your next project!

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Ready to Discuss Your Project?

You have your room measurements, ambient light, seating arrangements and audio needs.  Are you ready to run it by one of our home theater installation experts?