Is your basement empty and unfinished? Struggling for ideas on what to do with it? Separated from the rest of the home, basements make an ideal space for a home theatre thanks to the many advantages they have over other rooms. But before you start planning out your dream personal theatre, it’s worth considering a few crucial details that can make or break a basement theatre. Let’s take a closer look at five of the most important ones.
First and foremost, you need to consider the space you have available to add a home theatre to your basement. Consider things like how many people you want to seat, how big you want your screen to be, and even the shape of your basement. The ideal basement home theatre would be rectangle-shaped; however, other shapes can work too. You’ll also want to bear in mind that the bigger your screen, the more space you’ll need between the screen and the seats to ensure everyone can see it comfortably. And don’t forget the extra equipment either! Depending on whether you go for a projector setup or a widescreen TV, you’ll need to factor in the extra space needed for equipment like speakers and media players.
Wiring for a basement home theatre comes in two parts. First, you’ll need to accommodate any existing wiring already supplying power to the rest of your house, then you’ll need to install wiring for any additional theatre equipment you’ll be moving in. Next, you need to take into account the amount of electricity you’ll need to run your home theatre system and whether the existing basement wiring can support it.
Basements are generally dark and aren’t really affected by outside lighting. While this may be good when watching a movie, you’ll want to make sure you have adequate lighting to safely move around between movies. Lights with dimmers are a great choice for basement home theatre since they give you full control over the light intensity and can be adjusted as necessary. As far as natural lighting goes, if your basement is fitted with a window, you should consider blackout blinds to avoid excess light from spilling in while you’re trying to watch a movie during the daytime.
Ceiling and Walls
If you plan on turning your basement into a home theatre, you’re going to want to spruce up any bare and unfinished walls
. You could also consider adding carpeting to improve your basement’s acoustics and, depending on the type of home you live in, soundproof your walls to avoid excess noise around the house when enjoying your movies.
Basement floors tend to be solid concrete, which makes them great for soundproofing. However, sound tends to bounce off hard, flat surfaces like concrete, so consider installing carpeting or rugs over your bare concrete floor. Not only do carpets and rugs help absorb sound and improve acoustics, but they also help add more of a homey feel to your new basement theatre.
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