Everyone wants to watch movies from the comfort of their own home. But what goes into planning a room like that? When planning a dedicated theater for your home, you might not have considered all the aspects of the job.

Here are some aspects to take a look at when planning your home theater:

1) Lighting: When it comes to lighting you may want to consider how it looks in the dark. In the attached video below, the client wanted “stars” in the ceiling. This lighting option pairs well with home theaters and makes it really fun in the dark. These lights can be dimmed or brightened and can go off all the way when your movie is playing. Also, consider room darkening or blackout shades to really make the theater room dark.

2) Seating: Consider how many people are likely to be watching a show/movie at the same time. Maybe allow for a few extra chairs, in case your kids invite their friends over, or the neighbors hear how awesome your theater is and want to come over and watch with you. One of Hive’s favorite brands is Salamander. You can get some ideas on their website, and you can even design your seating virtually there.

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3) Projector: Projectors come in a variety of quality from 4K to 8K. There are many types of projectors and you should consult a professional to help you choose which will be the best for your space and your needs.

4) Screens: Screens come in many sizes with many different features! They can motorized from the ceiling or in ground motorized up, back lit, acoustically transparent and so much more! Like projectors, there’s a wide range of options and you might need professional advice when it comes to the screen.

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5) Sound systems: There are many systems on the market. You should understand the lingo when it comes to speakers – for example 7.2 means there are 7 speakers and 2 subwoofers. If you want the surround sound experience, how many speakers do you want in your system? The popular 5.1 system found in many home theaters has 5 speakers and 1 subwoofer.

We recommend upgrading to a Dolby Atmos option for the absolute best sound, with a couple of in-ceiling speakers as well. This surround sound solution creates an immersive experience that makes you feel like you’re right in the middle of your favorite action flick. If you don’t know about sound systems, consult a professional or reach out to Hive through our contact page

6) Technology for the Whole Theater: Consider the types of media you want to watch in your theater. Do you have Blu-ray discs of all your favorite movies, or do you prefer to use streaming services like Netflix and Hulu for entertainment? Before you begin building your home theater, research what kinds of sound and display equipment you’ll need to integrate multiple types of media into one system.  Talk to your installer about automating the shades, lighting, and audio-visual equipment from one central controller to make your integration easier.

If you’ve read all the way here, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed right now.A home theater installation is a huge task. It may require extensive wiring, proper equipment placement, and integration of several media types into a single system. Because of the precision involved, we recommend you hire a professional integrator/installer to help you build your home theater. 

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7) Any additional items such as a sink, mini-fridge, or countertop for snacks. We suggest figuring out what type of food or drink you want to have on hand and build that right into your home theater room. It will save oodles of trips to the kitchen for more popcorn!

Want to take the next step in installing your personal, high-quality home theater? Request a free consultation to see if a home theater is right for your space. Watch this video for an excellent example of a Home Theater installed by Hive.