People have made a popular trend of transforming the basements of their homes into their own personal theatre areas. This transformation provides additional entertainment possibilities for the entire family. Looking from another perspective, having a home theatre area in your house will add to its resale value if you decide to put it on the market someday. If you have been meaning to follow this trend yourself, here is what you need to know when it comes to creating a home theatre room in your basement.
Making Necessary Preparations
The process from an idea to realization is not as simple as you might think. First thing you need to decide is the design of the room that fits your basement. The best solution is to position the new entertainment area at the center of the basement.
Before actually equipping the room you also need to take a few other things into consideration. For example, it is crucial that you design it in such a way that the area will get enough light and the acoustics. Not every basement has the option of getting natural light, and that is pretty understandable due to obvious reasons. If this is the case in your house, you need to obtain appropriate lighting fixtures for an entertainment room. This is a room where you will spend a lot of time watching movies as well as listening to music, and it is crucial that your lighting does not reflect from all kinds of surfaces, which will spoil the enjoyment.
Dimmer switches are possibly the ideal solution for your basement home entertainment room lighting. Natural light can actually affect the ambience in a negative way, so if you do have windows in that part of the house, you should consider closing them off. And by using dimmers you can control the brightness of your light fixtures at all times, and adjust it according to your needs.
We stated that you should close off the windows as much as you can. However, if removing them all is not an option, and that is perfectly understandable, you need to put the darkest curtains possible.
Naturally, you would want the sound to be perfect, especially in a home theatre room. For that to be possible you have to make the room as soundproof as possible. Depending on the wall, floor and ceiling surfaces sound can bounce off all over the place which will make listening to music a lot less enjoyable.
Rooms like this are supposed to be as perfect as possible. That means that design and cable management is crucial. The entertainment room will lose a lot of its potential appeal if you have cables running all around. And naturally, you will have to do a lot of wiring with all the electrical pieces inside. You should consider hiring an electrician, unless you are capable of doing it yourself, to create custom wiring.
Connecting all the equipment while hiding every piece of cable is indeed a challenging task. However, hiding them has another crucial advantage. Loose cables around the room is also very risky in terms of safety. You wouldn’t want anyone to get shocked because of exposed wires in the middle of the room. This is why you need a real professional to help you store the cables accordingly.
Bear in mind that the more devices you install, the more wires and cables you will have to hide.
Placing the Furniture and Electronics
Now that you have taken care of the essential preparations, it is time to decide on the design of the furniture and the devices you will install in your basement home theatre room. Having in mind the size and layout of the room, get the furniture and electronics that will fit perfectly inside and allow for an unobstructed movement through the area. The bigger the room, the more interior design possibilities. If you can decide for yourself, hire an interior designer to help you with the layout.
You should place the TV and audio music system with all the accessories in the least visually obstructed area of the room, and the seating furniture against the opposite wall.