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How to Properly Create a Home Theater in Your Basement

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  • If you want to experience movies instead of just watching them, then you need to create a home theater. While there are plenty of rooms around your home that could suffice, one of the best is your basement.

    With so many elements required for a good home theater, though, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

    To help you focus your time and resources, here is a basic guide on how to properly create a home theater in your basement.

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Add raised seating

Notes:

  • Unless you plan on only watching movies alone, you’ll need multiple seats in your home theater. Although a large couch can provide this seating, there will be certain seats on the couch that aren’t “the best seat in the house.”
  • To overcome this problem, you can install tiered stadium-style seating so that every seat is right in the middle of the action. Just be sure to denote the steps for the different tiers so that people don’t trip if they’re moving around during the movie.
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Beef-up your wiring

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  • When it comes to home theater systems, a lot of wiring will be required. You need electrical wiring to power
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  • That’s why any good home theater requires wiring that has been beefed-up to handle the extra loads. By adding enough wiring for what you need now plus some extra wiring to account for any future expansion, you’ll be in for a great entertainment experience for years to come.
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Install the right screen

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  • To have a great home theater, you’ve got to have a great screen. In most cases, the size of your home theater will determine the type of screen you use. For larger home theaters, a projector projecting onto a fixed screen is the best way to go.
  • Not only does this give a more authentic theater experience, but it also allows for much larger screen sizes than otherwise you’d be comfortable leaving out in the open for potential damage.
  • For smaller setups, a large, high-quality television will be sufficient. Just be sure to purchase a solution with the highest resolution and contrast ratio that you can afford, and that the screen is positioned in a place where it is easily viewed from any seat in your home theater.
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Make it theatrically thematic

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  • When you install a home theater in your basement, it can have a major effect on the viewing experience if you transform the space so that no one feels like they’re in a basement.
  • Instead, through decor, lighting, and other elements, you and your guests should feel as though you’ve been transported to the front row of an actual movie theater.
  • This will help you to truly focus on the movie and escape reality for the duration of the movie. The best way to do this includes using dark colors for the carpet and walls, hanging heavy theater curtains against the walls, and un-obstructive lighting.
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Now enjoy the movies

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  • As great as a home theater can be, there will come a point when you tire of watching movies. That’s why it’s important to properly size your home theater so that it doesn’t take over your entire basement. By leaving space in your basement for other activities, you will cement your status as the coolest home in the neighborhood.
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