What Makes an Ideal Home Cinema Room?   Home Cinema Installation

POSTED MAY 21, 2014

When considering the installation of a cinema or media room in your home it isn’t just about the size and shape of the room, but also its general configuration and how you plan to use it.

Will your room be a dedicated home cinema or will it have a multi-functional use? Maybe you want it to be like this clever multi functional room in The Panorama House, a 2,250 square foot private home in South Korea, with its tiered seating, built-in bookshelves and an integrated slide that also serves as a home cinema, library and playroom!

There is no doubt that great design and planning are fundamental and unless your home has a dedicated home cinema room as part of the original design, creating a successful home cinema in an existing room is likely to require some compromise. For example, the size and shape of your room will determine the size of TV or projection screen, while the placement of the accompanying equipment and speakers will also need to be considered. New high resolution (HD) screens can be watched close up without sacrificing the quality of the picture. A good rule of thumb is the larger the screen – the further back you will need to sit to ensure good visual focus and, most of all, comfort. There is little point in purchasing a screen that wouldn’t go amiss in your local Cineworld if the size of your room means you have no choice but to sit on top of it!

Speaker and equipment placement can also be an issue and whenever we have come up against the challenge of a relatively small room, through careful design and planning, we have been able to ensure that the equipment has been discreetly integrated without impacting on the aesthetic feel of the room or on our client’s cinematic experience.

The shape of your room is also important when it comes to acoustics and while there is no ‘perfect’ room shape, a square room will be the most problematic when it comes to good sound quality and a room made of nothing but glass and hard surfaces will add the same effect as ‘singing in the shower!’  However, we have ways around these problems and the effect can be minimised with clever use of soft furnishings, carpeted floors, etc.

Whether your home cinema is part of a new build or an addition to your home, our wealth of planning, installation and calibration expertise means we create high performing and desirable cinema rooms that are designed with your lifestyle in mind, giving you that true cinematic experience in the comfort of your own home without you having to worry about the intricate details of what, when and where…

If you are considering a home cinema and would like to arrange an initial consultation, or would just like some more information, please feel free to contact us.

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