Create a media room in your home

Phantom Screens / August 4, 2016

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Do you love seeing new movies, but prefer the comfort of your own home? Media rooms are a great way to bring the excitement of a theater into your house. Whether you are planning to turn a second-level common area or your walk-out basement into a media room, retractable window screens can help create darkness for a media room. Here are some other ideas to help create a home theater:

Planning a home theater

You first need to consider the location and size of the room you will be transforming into a media room. Then, you’ll want to plan a layout. Remember that you need to create a plan that gives everyone a perfect view of the screen. You will either want comfortable reclining chairs or big cozy couches. Create a semi-circle, theater-style arrangement, or utilize a sectional sofa to ensure everyone can enjoy a feature film.
When you are choosing the room, consider these factors:

  • What is the shape of the room?
    Square rooms may have odd sound quality. Rectangular spaces are much better for projection of the sound.
  • How is it decorated?
    Do you ever notice that a theater has fabric-coated walls and no framed art? Glass reflects sound and light. Large, flat walls can be covered with furniture or drapery to muffle the sound.
  • What material is the flooring?
    Instead of hard-wood flooring, opt for a “cushiony” wall-to-wall carpet with a thick pad underneath it. This will absorb ambient sound and will simply add to the coziness of the room. Wouldn’t you like the option of curling up with a blanket on the floor?
  • What is the color of the room?
    There’s a reason why theaters are always draped in dark colors. Bright colors reflect light and cause glare on the screen, so you will want to coat the walls with a neutral brown, tan, olive or other flat eggshell tone. Don’t use gloss or semi-gloss paint.

The screen

A screen is the most important part of your home theater and luckily there are tons of options available to homeowners. A large flat-screen TV, a projection screen or a 3D TV are all ideal options for a media room. Consider the size of the space, but also whether or not you want the television mounted right to the wall. Installation of these wall mounts have gotten increasingly more popular, so this is likely the best option.

Getting the mood right

Want to get cozy and watch a movie during the middle of the day? If you’re unable to avoid having windows in your media room, Phantom’s retractable window screens with privacy mesh offer a complete block out of the sun’s UV rays, so you can get your media room nice and dark. The screens are perfect for walk-out basements that would normally be very sunny. You’ll also want dim, recessed lighting so you can turn down the interior lighting as much as you like.

Sound system

You can truly capture the essence of a movie theater with a high-quality sound system. These technologically advanced systems really make you feel like you’re in the middle of the sound coming from the movie. Otherwise known as surround sound, this type of immersive speaker system is fairly simple to replicate in your home. You need to be sure to place five full-range speakers and one low-range specialist, or the woofer, in the space. Speakers should be roughly 20 inches from the walls. Make sure to place the woofer in the front center of the room, and try to place the rest of the sporadically and evenly around the room.
Each sound system is different so be sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for speaker placement. There’s also lots of help online for creating the perfect sound system.