Description: Home Theater Feature Marquee SignThis is the last of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3

Well, we are getting close to sitting back and enjoying the movie experience in your own home.  Just think how much you will be saving on popcorn by not having to take out a loan to see a movie on a commercial theater screen.

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 4 - Everything Else

Len Calderone

October 2011

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 4 - Everything Else

Author: Len Calderone

Description: Home Theater Feature Marquee SignThis is the last of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3

Well, we are getting close to sitting back and enjoying the movie experience in your own home.  Just think how much you will be saving on popcorn by not having to take out a loan to see a movie on a commercial theater screen.

 

Now that the basic elements are in place, let’s see what else we need to give the room a finishing touch.  Oh yeah.  I guess you will want to sit on something. 
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One site that you can visit to see seating configuations is www.theaterseat.com.  If you decide to utilize theater style seating, you will be able to position two rows of three seats in a 12’ room, or two four seat sofas.  It will be tight.  In a sixteen foot room, you will be able to have three rows of five seats.   Get the dimensions of the furniture that you intend to use and make a drawing of the room, then draw the furniture to size to see what will work for you. 

Some families perfer to buy living room couches, love seats, sectionals or lounge chairs when they are on sale, but a good lounge chair could be more costly than a theater chair. 

 

Bare walls are not only boring by have a tendency to reflect unwanted sounds.  You can give your theater a movie theater look by adding drapes around the screen.  This is easy and inexpensive.  If you sew or have a family member who can sew, you can buy the material and make your own drapes.  The drapes do not have to be velvet like the theaters, but shouldn’t be sheers.  Mount cutain rods on each side of your screen and hang the drapes on each side.  Do the same under your screen and above your screen if you have room.  Now, your screen area will look professional.  Remember to match the colors of your carpet so that they don’t clash. 

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If you can afford it, the side walls would look good with drapes, but you will have to either wash or dry clean the drapes every so often, especially if you have allergies.  Don’t forget that room window, which should be draped for daytime viewing.Description: http://www.cinemashop.com/images/bass/Poster/econo_marq_180h.jpg

 

Poster marquees add a nice touch to your walls, but if you want to save money, buy movie posters from the video rental store or on line from www.moviepostershop.com or www.moviegoods.com, and place them on the wall with double sided tape.  To add the finishing touch and keep them clean, cover the posters with clear acrylic, which you can purchase at the hardware store.  Acrylic is easy to cut and can be mounted using mirror mounts.
  
Accessory companies, like Stargate Cinema have many interesting ways to add the finishing touch to you own theater, such as marquee signs, wall art, room décor, film cells, decorative hardware and movie props. 

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We slightly touched on the storage of equipment, such as the DVD player, audio receiver, cassette deck and UPS power supply.  If you are using a shelving assembly at the back of the room, this equipment can be placed there.  If you are ceiling mounting your projector, you can buy a cabinet with doors and place the cabinet under the screen in you have sufficient height.       

You should have, at the minimum, a power conditioner connected to every piece of home theater equipment to protect the equipment against surges and spikes in the line.  Heavy power surges during a storm or blackout could damage your equipment.  The Furman SMP has AC power filtering to ensure clean power for unequaled audio and video.  In unsafe conditions the auto-reset EVS circuitry detects dangerous voltage irregularities and safely power downs itself and connected equipment. 

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The best protection is a UPS (uninterruptable power supply) product   A UPS system will cut in and a battery will take over should the power fail.  A UPS device will permit all of your home theater devices to keep operating when the power fails, allowing you to power down properly. 


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Panamax is one of the leading UPS product manufacturers, which has a line of protection equipment for the home theater.  They protect against power fluctuations, temporary power outages, over-voltages or a total blackout. 

If you do not buy a home theater system that has a DVD player, don’t forget to add one to your setup.  This is another area where there are many models from which to choose.  I would suggest a Blu-ray unit with 3-D, as we are starting to see more 3-D movies. 

If your finances do not allow you to complete such an undertaking of a home theater at one time, you can start with the basics and add-on as the finances allow.

Like any creative endeavor, designing and building a home theater in an existing environment, patience and organizational skills come into play.  If you take only one segment at a time, but have a grasp of the completed project, a DIY home theater venture will be fun and rewarding.

 

This article contains statements of personal opinion and comments made in good faith in the interest of the public.   You should confirm all statements with the manufacturer to verify the correctness of the statements.


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