Five Home Theater Design Ideas
Home theater system is the combination of audio and video components that created to provide the amazing experience of watching movie at home with the theater experience. Let’s take a look into the top home theater design ideas.
- Room dimensions and acoustic considerations
Room size has huge impact on the audio from your home theater. So, it is always better to have a ratio in the sizing to make the basic shape of the room. A ratio of 1 to 1.7 and 1.6 to 2.7 is the ideal sizing for home theater. If you choose the room ratio in between 1 to 2.4, you get a room with 16 feet wide, 24 feet long and high ceilings. For multiple rows of seating keep the ceiling equal to or greater than 9feet.
- Speaker placement considerations
Speaker arrangement determine the best performance of sound system. To focus the front left and right speakers at your listening position, angle your speakers a bit towards the seat and direct Infront of the TV. Also note that when you are seated, tweeters should be at ear level. The overall sound performance can improve if the speakers are pulled away from the wall. On the other hand, the closer they get, the more the bass is strengthening.
- Screen placement considerations
The first task is to find the wall for placing the screen. It’s better to choose a wall that does not hit direct light. When more light hits the screen, the image will look more faded. After deciding the suitable wall its time to decide the height. Make the bottom of screen in between 24 inches and 36 inches from the floor. If your plan is to have multiple rows of seating screen can be placed at more height.
- Projector location
This is very trickier idea than the screen placement. In addition to the restriction caused by the electrical outlets and lights; throw distance, vertical offset and lens shift of the projector need to take into account.
Throw distance helps in determining how close or far away from the screen the placing of the projector to happen. Throw distance of the projector can found out from manual and if it depicts a single number like 1.3 then the specific projector has no zoom optical adjustments. In this case you have to mount the project at right place, not too close and far away from the wall. The right position can be determined by multiplying by throw distance number by the horizontal length of the screen.
We have to decide how high or low the projector needs to be mounted for the image to project at proper height in the wall. Vertical offset and horizontal lens shift talk about it.
- Home theater lighting setup
The correct lighting for the home theater room changes the entire feel and look of it. Whatever be your idea of lighting, make sure to use dimmable lights. Projector’s image gets washed out by using bright lights. Home theater atmosphere can be enhanced by using different types of lighting arrangements.
Overhead lighting – this is the main source of light for home theaters.
Led light stripes – this is not at all necessary but a great modulation to the room. Basically, these are group of long strains of led light capable of changing colours and some are dimmable.
Fibre optic lighting – a machine which is connected by many fibre tubes produce the light. Light is produced by the machine at the end of each tube. They usually get installed in a black ceiling with white colour, but then many have RGB colouring.
Wall sconces – scone is a light fixture which is attached to the wall and works with the wall support. These are widely used as complementary lighting.
Seat side lamps – in your home theater if you have end tables on each side, side lamps are practical to use.
How to choose best Colour lights for home theater?
- Light can bounce off in the room if the number of reflective and shiny surfaces are beyond the limit. Covering with glossy finish paints makes it highly reflective and may interfere the projector screens quality. It’s always advisable to choose matte or low sheen finish.
- Choose a neutral colour for the media rooms wall to maintain the accurate colour payoff in the screen.
- Paint your theater rooms ceiling with dark neutral shade or matte black.
How to choose the room size and seating arrangements for a home theater?
The fact is that there is no single size or perfect size for the home theater room but bigger is always better. Rooms of 20ft long by 15ft wide with high ceilings and approximately 9ft long by 14ft wide with high ceiling provide good viewing experience. Rooms with rectangular shape is highly suggested for the home theater systems. Best quality of soundtrack and dialogue is produced in such rooms.
Viewing distance also have great impact in room size. For a 40-inch TV you have to sit away 2m and for 80-inch TV you have to stand around 13ft away. While deciding the room size know about the screen size and speaker system. If yours is a large TV, room with at least 9ft long and between 6 to 9ft wide is recommended. This will provide enough space for viewing and for acoustics.
Home theater designing is successful when we choose the perfect seating arrangement. After measuring the room area or size allow at least 18-24 inches of walking area or aisle in front and back of your seats. Viewing angle for display is between 36 and 60 degrees. Clear view of the screen should be provided by each seat, that is home theater risers. During the design process try to ensure that all seats have a similar bass response. Because due to the influence of room modes bass response changes rapidly throughout the room. The distance between listeners head with surround speakers and back wall should be greater than 4ft while setting the seats.
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