The day has come, you’ve finally moved to a bigger place and your DVD collection finally has the space it deserves. Now, you can start to think about creating the ultimate home cinema, so you can watch movies in the way they were meant to be seen.
But where do you start? What equipment do you need and how much should you spend?
Set a realistic budget
When it comes to building a home cinema, your ambitions need to match your bank balance. Moving home can be expensive but you might be able to use some of your Home Buyer Rebate or pick up bargains in the sales around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
If you are determined to get top of the line equipment, you may have to build your home cinema slowly over time, adding equipment when you can afford to.
Dedicate a space
Ideally, you’ll have a space you can devote to your movie watching, perhaps an attic or a spare room. If space is an issue you can still adapt your living room. If you can, try and dedicate a space that is rectangular as the acoustics will be better than in a square room.
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
You’re going to need something to sit on when enjoying your home cinema. It’s really a matter of personal taste. Some people like to lie down on a comfortable sofa or a reclining chair, you can use a large beanbag or just a standard armchair. Make sure you’ve got extra room for all your friends and family who are likely to be there with you too.
Where you put your seat is important too. To establish to ideal viewing angle, imagine two lines that extend forwards from the edges of the screen, the ideal angle is about 35 degrees. If the angle is less than 30 degrees you’ll be distracted by other things in the rooms and if you have an angle greater than 40 degrees the screen might feel a bit overwhelming for the space.
Projector or TV?
You can get some huge TV screens now with 4K LED screens of 75 inches becoming affordable for many people. If you’re looking for a new or second-hand TV, go for a full HD version and stick to LED rather than plasma. However, if you want a viewing screen that is over 90 inches but doesn’t cost half as much as a new apartment, then a projector screen is what you need. If you do go with a projector screen and projector, you need to pay more attention to the levels of light in your room. When using a projector screen, experts recommend that you place your main speakers behind the screen.
Other things to consider
There are many other things that you should think about when designing your cinema room, including:
- Sound system
- Shelving for your equipment
- High-speed internet access for streaming
Now that you’ve designed your perfect home cinema, the biggest decision you’ll have to make is what to watch.