Action! How to Create the Perfect Home Cinema
Having a home cinema is a luxurious addition to any home with a large space. Whether you intend on using it for entertaining at home or enjoying a movie in your own personal space- a home cinema is perfect for catering to all your needs. Incorporating a home cinema is not as complicated or as expensive as it appears, although the budget is subjective to that individual. Before you sign a cheque for your dream home-cinema, here’s some things to think about from we buy any home.
Space and Seating:
Firstly, consider how many people will be using this space at any given time. If your home cinema is going to be catered towards just your family, then you may need less seating than if you were to invite multiple people over for regular movie screenings.
Simple math’s is brought into the equation (pun intended) when calculating where cinema seating should be positioned. In an attempt to reduce craned necks or strained eyes, draw two lines from the seated position to the edge of the screen- this is the viewing angle and ideally should be around 35 degrees°. Anything greater than 40° will leave your guests feeling too close to the screen, and anything below 30° will bring the rest of the room into your peripheral vision which will affect your view.
Surround sound is the key difference from simply a room with a large TV, to a home cinema. Surround sound is delivered via speakers and distributes sound through various layers. The majority of home cinemas use 5.1 surround sound, which includes a set-up of at least five satellite speakers, with three speakers located behind or around the screen.
Soundproofing & Acoustics:
Build acoustics in the room are vital in ensuring that the sound does not reverberate around the space or escape outside. For example, action films that include sequences of booming noises that are projected through surround sound may disturb neighbours. As a solution to this, a double layer of acoustic-grade plasterboard is an effective way to muffle sound, and with add-ons such as acoustic wall panels are a starting point in soundproofing. Furthermore, investing in soft furniture such as plush carpets, heavy lined curtains and upholstered walls will reduce the amount of sound bouncing off the furniture.
Darker colours are always a better option for home cinemas as your chosen colour palette can impact the viewing experience. Here are a few colour scheme pointers:
- Black helps frame the screen in your home cinema.
- Brown is still dark enough and creates feelings of warmth and comfort.
- Deep red adds a luxurious element.