While planning out your home theater build for your New York City residence, most of your time will likely be taken up by the technical aspect of the project. How big should the screen be? Where to place the speakers for optimal surround sound? Do the colors of the projector recreate reality, or do they look too bright; too washed out? These are the types of high-level questions that occupy the minds of both first time builders and seasoned veterans. But there are other concerns that can make a huge difference when trying to sit back and enjoy the space. Here are a few tips to consider while planning your next home theater installation.
Allow the Seating to Work for the Viewer
Choosing seating in a home theater is more than just picking out the most comfortable sofa to lay down on. Sure, a sofa can be cozy and that’s important – but it can cause some serious obstruction to both viewing angle and audio optimization. So while some homeowners may want to sacrifice quality for comfort, in most cases standard level seating work best for a home theater.
One of the first considerations of any home theater build should be exactly where the seating will be placed around the room. This can drastically affect the placement of the surround sound speakers and the size of the screen or 4K television. Beyond that, choosing chairs that fully support the viewer’s head and neck but aren’t so high that they block the sound from getting to their ears is also tremendously important.
Minimize Reflective Surfaces
What’s just as important is reducing the overall number of reflective surfaces that can blast light back at the screen and diminish the picture. Leather chair upholstery, glass frames on movie posters and polished wood or marble table surfaces are all reflective. Having this in mind when starting a home theater build can help avoid problems down the road.
There’s a reason why most commercial movie theaters have black or dark brown walls – and it’s not because it’s fashionable. But unless someone insists on painting everything bright blue, that’s probably not going to be an issue.
Keep Lighting to a Minimum
Ideally, in most home theaters, the lights can be dimmed or turned off with the simple touch of a button and everyone can enjoy the movie, game or television show without distraction. But what if someone needs to get up to go to the bathroom or fix a drink? They’ll want to see where they’re going. With lighting integrated with your video controls, pressing pause will automatically raise the house lights when necessary. If there are any windows in the room, one touch shading controls can be combined with the lighting controls as well, to make for a perfect theater environment.
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