Setting Up Your Home Theater
If you are setting up a home theater in your basement or maybe making your living room viewing friendly to the TV then you know there is a lot to consider.
- Measure your room. Knowing all you dimensions and drawing a diagram will help you when you go to arrange your home theater on paper first, then in the room after.
- Know what you can fit! If you have a room that is 12' by 12' then you shouldn't put a sofa in that is 11.5' long. This will not allow you to have space on both sides of the sofa to walk. A walking path should have at least 3'.
- Pick out the furniture FIRST, then adjust the TV and other electronics to that. Mounting a TV to fit your viewing to the seating is much easier than the alternative. Your TV should be mounted so that your eye line while sitting is directly center of the TV. Most people mount TVs much too high.
- Pick out comfortable seating for your guest and/or family. If you have all individual seats, it will not make for a romantic evening with your significant other. See some of the sectional options below.
- Make sure you TV fits the number of people watching and the distance is not too close or too far away from the seating arrangement. For more than 5 people, you should try for a TV that is 55" or more.
- Get a good surround sound system or a great sound bar. A 5.1 surround sound means that there is 5 speakers (1 center front, 1 left front, 1 right front, 1 back left, 1 back right) and one subwoofer. A 7.1 surround sound system is similar but with an additional set of right and left side speakers. This will immerse yourself in a movie and add a theater like experience.
- Get appropriate lighting. Overhead lights while watching the TV should be off. Place two dim lamps behind the tv to the right and left. This will provide lighting without glare.
- A Palliser or Stressless sectional can make your theater room somewhere comfortable and welcoming!