Designing Home Theaters Tailored to Small Spaces
You don’t need an expansive room to create a home theater. It’s still possible to have a true home theater experience in smaller spaces like the spare bedroom or great room. Thanks to smart technology you can enjoy first-rate audio and incredible video in any size space, and enjoy the movie theater experience at home.
It may take a little more “creativity” to design a home theater for a small space, but it can be done, and be just as amazing as a larger theater design from the technology to the appearance.
Check out these smart tips for designing a home theater for a smaller space:
Mount Your Equipment
Save space and increase the aesthetic of your room by mounting your AV equipment. Installing recessed audio and visual components, and mounting speakers and TVs to walls will open up additional floor space.
Choose a Proportional Viewing Screen
Don’t select a TV or projector screen that is too large for your space. An oversized screen will overpower a small space. The distance from the television to the viewer should be 1 ½ to 3 times the screen size.
Adjust the Lighting
To create ideal lighting for movie watching similar to the theater experience, you will need to cover any windows in the room with shades or curtains specifically designed to darken the room.
Decorate with Versatile Furniture
Oversized chairs and recliners are better left to larger spaces. Be smart with choosing furniture for your room. Multipurpose seating is best; furniture with built-in storage for movies, blankets, etc. will maximize the functionality of the room. If your room doubles as guest quarters, chaise lounges may be right for you, creating an area where people can stretch out and watch movies, while still being able to comfortably go to sleep at night.
Take Advantage of Hidden Technology
If your home theater doubles as a sitting room by day or a guest room by night, incorporating hidden technology will not only increase the usable space, but will add to the aesthetic appearance of the room. TVs can be disguised as works of arts and mirrors. They can also rise from a compartment in the floor or descend from the ceiling when you’re ready to watch a movie and “disappear” when not in use. The same goes for speakers and other AV equipment; they can be neatly tucked inside walls and ceilings and operated by remote.
Designing home theaters for small spaces is possible, though the process may be a bit more complicated. If you’re a Central Valley resident and interested in converting a room in your house to a home theater, contact the professionals at Hi-Tech Home to help you create the perfect home theater setting for the size of your room.