Home Cinema Rooms – 7 Things to Consider

Home cinema room.

Transforming your living spaces into the ultimate home cinema experience has become increasingly popular among luxury homeowners. Your decision to create a dedicated home theatre room for getting the true cinema experience right in the comfort of your home can look like a tough process. However, a few pointers could help you get the best out of your space. We’ve compiled a list of 7 things you could focus on for your modern home cinema investment.

1. WHERE TO LOCATE YOUR HOME CINEMA ROOM

DEDICATED SPACE OR OCCASIONAL CINEMA ROOM?

One of the biggest decisions you will need to make for your home cinema system will be choosing a location in your home. A dedicated home cinema room is one which is permanently in place, with its only function as a home cinema or games room. It is also possible to have an occasional home cinema room, in your living room, for instance, using a drop-down screen and utilising sofa seating etc. If you are looking for a full cinematic experience in your own house a dedicated home cinema is probably the better option.

While many homeowners prefer converting their unused spaces such as attic or basement, it is also a popular option to transform existing spaces to offer full-screen immersion with surround sound. However, whether you want conversion, transformation or a new build, there is always the right system available for your cinema room.

2. ROOM SIZE AND SHAPE?

A rectangular room might be your ideal solution for the best results in a home cinema room with perfect acoustics. Rectangular rooms offer a better advantage in acoustics compared to square rooms, getting the most from your surround sound system, which is particularly important if you are working with a small space.

  • A room free from outside light helps create the correct lighting setup for watching movies. However, if there are windows in your desired cinema room location, you can opt in for window shades that automatically close down for movie mode, vastly improving picture quality.
  • Although a room for only one door should represent no problems, having a second door to your dedicated cinema room can be safer for entry/exit.
  • Retrofitting an existing room with a home cinema can offer advantages such as lowering home cinema room cost and less construction work but may need more careful thinking if you are looking to create the ultimate home cinema room.
  • Some homeowners prefer building a dedicated home cinema room as an extension to their home. This option might appear costly and complex. However, choosing this route would enable you to create a truly dedicated home movie room space with perfect size, shape and acoustics.

3. SEATING OPTIONS FOR THE HOME CINEMA ROOM

The viewing angle may be the most important factor in establishing the seating options in your new cinema room. The viewing angle is measured by drawing two lines to the edges of the screen from planned seating positions. For the ultimate viewing experience, an angle greater than 40° is recommended. Any angle lower than 30° will limit your peripheral vision.

Based on your request and room specifications, the seating can be arranged either level or tiered. Tiered seating requires higher ceiling height, however, it’s also the best way to ensure a high viewing angle for all viewers.

Although you can opt-in for any seating you want, dedicated cinema seating can help increase the comfort of your entertainment and add to the luxury home cinema room feel. Bespoke seats can be incorporated into your home cinema room design. Fortress seating, for instance, can be custom-made to suit your needs with features such as leather covers, armrests, and an electric recline, all to suit your own home.

Home cinema room seating.

4. TV VERSUS PROJECTOR AND PROJECTOR SCREEN

TVs are able to offer much more crisp images and are less prone to being affected by external lights. However, due to size limitations of the available TV screens, they might not work best in large rooms where the distance to the screen is great.

  • Plasma screens, although offering much better action scenes, are losing their advantages against newer technologies such as LED TVs.

For larger home cinema rooms where TV display limitations factor in, projectors offer much better viewing angles and screen sizes. Determining your desired screen size could help your installer make the best selection available.

  • The light levels a projector can offer are very critical in terms of achieving the true image quality on screen, so taking the advice of an expert with extensive knowledge of the most suitable projector models might be useful.
  • Although projectors are highly useful for dedicated home cinema systems, if you’d like to use your screen daily for other purposes, TVs may be more suitable.

With projectors, there is also the option to accommodate a drop-down ceiling mechanism to hide the projector screen when not in use. The latest projector models offer higher quality images with 4K capabilities.

5. INTEGRATED LIGHTING

With the help of integrated lighting systems, it is possible to attain true cinematic experiences where lighting plays an important part in ensuring true immersion. Automated systems like Lutron enable you to pre-define lighting modes such as cinema, reading, chilling and socialising. For example, the cinema mode can automatically dim the lights and turn on the ambient lights.

If you want an even more personalised lighting experience, you might want to consider fibre optics. Some homeowners utilise fibre optic lighting to create a starfield pattern in their ceilings that give home cinemas a theatrical touch.

Cinema room lighting.

6. ACOUSTICS

A perfectly isolated cinema room offers fantastic audio distribution where speakers are well-placed and interior design is carefully crafted to prevent the sound from reverberating around the room.

Acoustic wall panels to absorb sound can appear like a big investment. However, they are one of the best options for sound proofing the home cinema. In addition to this, furniture choices such as big comfortable seating, upholstered walls and plush carpets can offer practical acoustic benefits, absorbing sound with their soft surfaces.

Another thing to make sure of, in regard to acoustics, is the speaker setup and calibration. Regardless of how much you tackle room acoustics, sub-par quality surround sound systems, bad speaker calibration could fundamentally influence your sound quality and therefore the way you experience your favourite movies, TV shows and music on the big screen.

The latest technologies such as Dolby Atmos are designed to create a true surround sound system effect, especially with fast-moving objects in action movies. Investment in such speaker systems could future-proof your system audio.

An acoustically transparent screen allows the sound system to be hidden behind the screen, allowing for a more aesthetically pleasing setup. This type of screen allows sound to pass through it without impacting the quality of the sound. Additionally, these screens can improve the sound quality of the system by reducing reflections and diffraction.

7. MEDIA AND CONTENT SOURCES

With the availability of online content services such as Netflix, iTunes and Spotify; it’s now easier than ever to have your desired content within reach at any time. However, the variety of source options available may also require different component options to have access to these benefits.

For online media, for instance, devices such as Apple TV offer a variety of movie selections with the ability to directly stream off the internet at Full HD quality.

If you have a wide DVD/Blu-ray collection, there are also options that can help you incorporate your movie collection into the big screen experience. You can still use your regular DVD and Blu-ray player in your brand new home cinema.

However, if you want a truly hassle-free experience, Kaleidescape Cinema One might be a better option. Apart from the ability to play DVDs and Blu-ray disks, with the help of extensions, Kaleidescape can either store your DVDs and Blu-ray movies in its vault or provide access to its movie server with lossless quality movies. This way, you can play your movies or TV shows without having to manually change disks.

Finally, your home cinema system can offer access to cable services like Sky. A home automation system provided by Control4 or Crestron gives you complete control enabling you to switch between content sources, lighting and audio settings automatically right from its dedicated remote or even your iPad.

TV Screen showing different movies to select.

EXPERIENCED SPECIALISTS CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH

Although a bespoke home cinema installation sounds easy in theory, it often comes with a bundle of challenges; especially in right hardware choice, system calibration and post-sale support.

We are ready to help you make the best of your cinema room investment. Speak to us today for a FREE first consultation.

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