Learn the Four Essentials for Exceptional Home Theater Design
A dedicated home theater is the ultimate upgrade for a luxurious entertainment experience inside your Menlo Park home, but it presents challenges for people who don’t have a deep knowledge of the technology and the design-build process. This is why it is a great idea to reach out to a smart home company like Hermary’s for your next home theater project.
We have the extensive experience and diverse skill set needed to ensure that you get the exact home theater you’re envisioning for your family, a space that is as comforting and inviting as it is functional and technologically advanced. Keep reading to learn about four essential steps of home theater design.
Create A Budget
How much are you able to spend on your new home theater? Costs can add up when you’re dealing with theater technology and seating, and you’ll want to have an idea of how much you can spend and where you want the budget allocated.
If you care about having the best picture above everything else, you’ll want to invest in a 4K Ultra HD projector or a large flat-panel TV screen. If you’re more of a sound buff, you’ll want high-performance surround sound speakers with Dolby Atmos, a revolutionary technology that takes full advantage of the 3-D space around the viewer for the ultimate listening experience. The budget gives us a beginning point of reference, and our job is to create a home theater design that will satisfy both your entertainment and financial needs.
Determine the Dimensions
Dimensions play a huge part in home theater design, and if your theater is part of a new construction, you can create the optimal viewing and listening space by adhering to the golden ratio for acoustics and understanding sightlines. If this is a retrofit project, try to avoid a square shaped room for your home theater because it will negatively affect the acoustics. That said, if you have no other options, you can use acoustic panels to fix this problem and even out the sound without detracting from your design.
Pick Your A/V Components
Once you know the dimensions of the room, you can start looking for the A/V components. Optimal viewing distance is 1.5 times the diagonal length of the screen, so the larger the room, the wider you’ll want your screen. 4K UHD projectors are your best bet if you want a crisp picture at a larger size, but manufacturers of flat-panel displays have been discovering new ways to reach oversized dimensions with OLED technology.
There are a wide variety of high-performance audio options, but we recommend going with speakers installed inside the walls and ceiling, which keeps them out of sight to reinforce that cinematic atmosphere. You don’t see big speakers at the multiplex, and you don’t want to see them at home.
Shape the Interior Design
Do you want your home theater to evoke a classic cinema experience, or would you prefer it to have a more modern feel? Maybe you want to go with a specific theme. The interior design of the room is where you get to show your personality, and everything from the layout of the seats, to the molding on the walls, to the shape of the ceiling can be customized your specifications.
Preparation makes the path to success a lot smoother, and having a clear, concrete drawings breaking down all the aspects of your home theater will eliminate installation headaches and ensure that the final product matches your vision for the space. Ideally, you’ll want formal drawings for the electrical wiring, the construction of chair risers, stages, prosceniums, and columns, the floor and ceiling plans, and the acoustics and sightlines of the space.
Want to find the perfect home theater design for your Menlo Park home? Reach out to one of our experts at 415-993-7600 or by sending a message in the window at the bottom of your screen.