Do you enjoy the cinematic experience you get each time you visit your local movie theater? If so, you probably wish you could enjoy that same experience at home. The good news is you can easily achieve that goal!
All you need to do is choose a room in your abode that you’ll dedicate as your home movie theater and convert it into a personal cinema that meets your needs. Of course, choosing a room in your home is the easy part; knowing what to do next isn’t that easy!
Thankfully, you’ll find all the information you need in this blog post today, whether you have a bachelor pad or a family home. Here are eight essentials you need for your ultimate home cinema experience:
1. Large-Screen TV Or Projector System
There’s no point in creating a home movie theater if you’ve only got a small 32-inch TV! That’s why you need to invest in either a large-screen TV or a projector system.
If you’ve got the cash, consider the latter option if you’ve got a large enough wall to project a big image, just like you’re used to seeing whenever you go to the movies. If cost is an issue, it’s possible to get some secondhand examples that will fully meet your cinematic needs.
2. Surround Sound System
Once you’ve got the visuals sorted out, the next stage is to invest in a surround sound system that is worthy of your new home cinema setup. But, how do you choose the right gear for your needs?
As you can imagine, it’s possible to get speaker setups in various configurations. The best thing to do is review how much space you’ve got for your speakers, and then by taking into account your budget, you can get the best system for your requirements.
3. High-Speed Internet Access
The way that you, your family members, and your friends will watch movies and other programming in your home cinema room will depend on your preferred source methods. For most people, streaming content via an online provider like Netflix makes the most sense.
Of course, you’ll likely want to watch content on DVDs and Blu-ray discs as well. However you choose to consume entertainment on your big screen, it makes sense to future-proof your setup with a high-speed Internet connection.
4. Dimmable LED Ceiling & Floor Lighting
One of the most important aspects of any home movie theater setup is the lighting. You should invest some money into installing a dimmable LED ceiling and floor lighting system – preferably one that you can control via a smartphone app or remote control.
Consider a system that allows you to emit different colors from the LEDs, and not just controls the light output of them. It might seem like a minor detail to some people, but it offers a huge impact on the cinematic experience.
5. Plush Carpet
Whenever you go to your local movie theater, one thing that you’ll always remember about your experience there is the soft, plush carpet. That’s why you should replicate that by having some plush carpet of your choice installed in your home cinema room.
As you can appreciate, such a carpet will feel amazing to walk on barefoot if you feel like having a lazy day at home and want to binge-watch your favorite movies or TV series!
6. Comfortable Recliner Chairs
What will you and other people sit on whenever you put a movie on your cinema screen to watch? It might be tempting to get a couple of couches in your home movie theater, but a better idea is to invest in some comfortable recliner chairs.
Make sure you choose ones that come with cupholders and a small discreet table to place your drinks and snacks!
7. Snack Station
Talking about drinks and snacks, if you’ve got the space in your home cinema room, it’s worth building a dedicated snack station there for you and your fellow film-goers to enjoy.
In a nutshell, a snack station is an area that might contain drinks dispensers, glasses, and a popcorn machine along with other accessories. It could even be an area where you place pre-prepared food like tacos along with your legendary easy homemade taco dip to enjoy!
There are no set rules for snack stations, so think about what you’d most likely enjoy in your home cinema and go from there.
8. Blackout Curtains
The last thing you want to happen is daylight flooding your home cinema room when you’re trying to watch a Hollywood blockbuster! That’s why you should invest in some blackout curtains.
Alternatively, you could have some blackout blinds installed if you’d rather not have curtains fitted.