With the emergence of highly affordable and innovative technological equipment, home theater is no longer an extravagance which only the rich could enjoy. You can have your own personal home theater right in your basement. If you want to convert your basement into a home theater following are some of the steps to walk you through the essentials you need to install in your basement:
Selection of a Space
Ideal space for creating a home theater is around 20 feet long by 13 feet wide, a major benefit of creating a home theater in the basement is that it is an isolated area of the house, therefore, it does not under any circumstances disturb the activities of the home, while at the same time creates a wonderful experience while watching a movie on a large screen, with great sound effects.
Framing and Insulation
You will have to build a shell for your home theatre, thus special attention is required towards framing and insulation. An R30 rating standard must be adapted for the interior walls, exterior wall, ceiling, and floor insulation. Furthermore, a loosely packed R11 can block the noise out, and it can help in negating loud and explosive sounds from rocking other rooms of the house.
Setting up the Surround Sound System
Mostly home theater’s utilize 7.1 surround sound systems, which consists of a single sub-woofer and 7-channel speakers. Start pre-wiring these speakers through setting up these figures beginning from center of the screen, to the left and right of the screen at ear height, rear sounds of the back wall, and finally installation of side surrounds over the side of the walls right next to the seating row.
Pre-wiring of the video projector
In order to create a realistic experience, you will have to pre-wire a projector system, which consists of two cables the HDMI, and the CAT5.
Pre-Wiring the Lighting
Lighting is an essential component, in order to create an exclusive movie theater experience; these might consist of recessed lighting in the scones and the ceiling. Lights can be connected with an RF dimmer; this will allow you to control the lights with the RF remote of the projector.
Installation of Sound Barriers and Drywalls
While hanging the drywall it is essential to make incisions very carefully for routing the pre-wired audio, as well as the electrical cables. The preferred drywall which would add to the home theatre experience is Soundproff drywall, and the Quietrock drywall.
Setting Up Video and Sound Systems
After re-painting of the dry wall, project, screen, and the speakers can be installed. In a theater with a size of 20 by 13 feet, an ideal screen size would be 110 inches; the screen must be framed with a proscenium, and black acoustic panels hiding the speakers in all the corners. Projector and the speakers can be connected with the equipment hub, which is capable of receiving content from a wide range of multimedia devices.
Installation of Seats
There are wide range of seating styles which could be installed in the basement theater ranging from comfy sofas, to love seats.