If we're lucky enough to have a spare room in our home, we feel a responsibility to make the most of it - and we should! Leaving it to be piled high with boxes and clutter is a waste of a luxury that few have. If you’re struggling for inspiration with what to do with your spare room, turning it into a home movie theatre is one great idea, especially now that we've become a culture of binge-watchers. It allows you to indulge your inner film buff and watch movies or series in an ideal environment. With some thoughtful planning, you can furnish the room so you can still use it as a guest bedroom when you need to - just choose a comfy sofa bed for some of your seating and you've got two coveted features in one space!
Here are the essentials of creating the perfect scene for your home cinema:
You've got your room, but you need to free up the entire space to accommodate a screen, sound system, comfortable seating, and your choice of viewing equipment. Clearing out the room also gives you the chance to work on the acoustics, as we'll look at below. If you've been using that space for storage and feel that being stuck with no place to move your stuff to is keeping you from making a move on transforming the room, the most practical solution is to put it all into storage. If you look for London self storage companies, you’ll find lots of options that will let you keep your items safe, for the long term or until you figure out if you want to sell it, for example. And as someone who has had messy 'junk rooms' - the psychological benefits of finally clearing all of that clutter is immediately obvious. Even better if you turn that space into something that makes your life nicer.
In the meantime, you can begin to put your plans into action:
To get the best acoustics from your sound system, you’ll need cut out the background noise of the house. The most effective way to block unwanted sound is to add an additional layer of foam insulation to the walls and ceiling. This will have a minimal affect on heat retention, but will really help to isolate the room acoustically. You could also look into installing stiff foam soundproofing around the room, or simply adding them to doors to cut down on sound leakage. Now your home cinema will be a proper sanctuary for immersive viewing.
In a small room, the glare of a flat screen TV can be harsh and off-putting. Opting instead for a ceiling mounted projector gives a warmer, more cinematic glow, and even the cheaper models offer a sharp image at 100 inches, which brings you even closer to the cinematic experience. The most popular format for speakers is 5.1, which means five smaller speakers positioned around the room to give surround sound, plus one large subwoofer. It’s worth taking the time to test and position the speakers correctly around your central seating area to make sure you get truly cinema quality sound.