5 Tips and Tricks for Planning Your Home Theatre Project

Building your own home theatre could possibly be one of the most complex and cost-intensive projects you ever take on. So getting it right on the first attempt is a huge bonus. Luckily, there are enough experts and specialists out there just waiting to offer helpful advice. Below we've gathered just a few of the tips and tricks you should consider so that your home theatre project goes without a hitch.


1. After the upgrade is before the upgrade


A true home theatre never sleeps. Just when you think you've assembled a state of the art system that will remain relevant for years to come, out comes the latest technological innovation and the latest upgrade beckons. One way to prepare for this is to ensure your wiring has room to grow. Installing a two-inch cable conduit right at the very start of the project can save you a lot of hassle by eliminating the need for re-opening dry walls and other cavities later on.


2. Pay attention to room lay out


Not everyone will have the same appetite and stamina for watching home cinema. A badly planned room can lead to diminished enjoyment if an audience member has to leave the viewing early or needs to go for a bathroom break. Opening poorly positioned doors can cast light into the theatre, and a lack of ambient lighting and a clear pathway to the exit can lead to injury.


3. Seating arrangements


If you're planning a home theatre with rows of multiple seating be sure to consider lines of sight from each individual seat. Calculations will include the height of the risers, the ceiling, screen height and other factors such as how far away the seats are from the screen. It may sound complicated but it's well worth your time and cuts down the risk of complaints from disgruntled viewers in the back seats.


4. Again, the wiring


Many home cinema enthusiasts use the opportunity of the open walls and cavities to rewire the entire house. Especially if they are fans of house-wide music or need extra wires for different types of media devices in various corners of the home such as the kitchen, the master and children's bedrooms or perhaps even the bathroom or the workshop and garage.


5. Do the research


No list of tips and hints without this evergreen reminder about research. Today's technology gives us a myriad of opportunities to find exactly what we want in terms of price, performance and any number of informative facts we need to decide upon the purchase of a specific product. Get online and read reviews, visit dedicated forums and websites and make yourself wise. And if you're still not sure then there's always the good old fashioned chat with friends who already have their projects up and running or with the friendly staff at the local home theatre retail outlet.


These are just a few of the main points worth considering before you even think about spending a single penny on your home cinema project. Other aspects for you to consider are; the kind of devices you want to install, the kind and length of cables you'll require and even the colour scheme of the inside of your theatre. But don't let any of this put you off. Just ask any A/V enthusiast and they'll tell you just how much fun your very own home cinema project can be, and the hours of enjoyment you'll get out of it when it's done.



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