If you love watching movies, then a cinema room could be the perfect addition to your home. The technology required to create an authentic home cinema has gotten drastically cheaper over the past few years, making cinema rooms an affordable addition for many cinephiles.
Before you dive headfirst into making your own home cinema, you should know what you need to create an authentic feeling cinema room. This is why we’ve put together this guide, looking at what you’ll need to create the perfect cinema room in your home.
Figure Out Your Audio & Visual Needs
The first step in setting up the perfect home cinema room is having the right audio and visual systems in place for you to enjoy your films. You could have the perfect cinema room set up, but without good visual and audio equipment, you won’t get maximum enjoyment from it.
For audio, you should think about what sound system you need; larger rooms may need surround sound or large speakers, whereas smaller rooms may only need a soundbar system or some smaller speakers.
For visuals, the big choice is whether you opt for an electronic screen or a projector. If you want a true cinema feel, then a projector will be the right choice for you, but if you care more about high resolutions, then a large 4k television screen may be the better choice.
Comfy Seating Is A Must Have
Next up, you should make sure that you have comfortable seating in your cinema room; you’ll be sitting for hours at a time watching films, so you need seats that will still be comfortable when you’re seated for an extended period of time.
While comfort should be your main priority, you can make the choice of creating an authentic theatre feel with cinema-style chairs in the room, or if you want a more casual feel, you could invest in comfortable sofas or armchairs for your seating in the room.
Re-Create Cinema Level Darkness
When you think about cinemas, you probably think of darkness. Cinema theatres are typically dark rooms, this is because with lower levels of ambient light in a room, the easier it is to see what’s happening on the screen, and in dark environments, colors on the screen will be more vivid.
So, you should look to darken your cinema room; if you have windows in the room a set of cassetted blackout roller blinds will fully block out natural light from entering the room, keeping it nice and dark to get the best picture quality possible.
However, you should have some dim lights in the room so that you can still find your way about; some LED strip lights placed along the ceiling or floor will do a great job at this and create a nice low level of light that won’t disrupt your enjoyment of a film.
Take Inspiration From Your Favourite Films
When designing your very own home cinema room, you should take decorative inspiration from your favorite movies, to add a personal touch to the space and reinforce the room’s connection to films to make the room truly feel like a real cinema.
How far you take this is entirely up to you, you could start off by hanging posters from your favourite movies to give the feel of a cinema’s lobby, place memorabilia on shelves to give a “Planet Hollywood” feel to the room, or you could really push the boat out and display props and other production items from your favourite films.
Add Some Cinema Novelties To The Room
Finally, to really drive home the authenticity of your home cinema room, you should look to add in classic cinema items to your home theatre. A popcorn machine placed in the corner of the room will create the ‘popcorny’ smell that we love to sniff up in cinemas and provide cinema snacks for you, red curtains over your screen will re-create the look of a real theatre room or a mini fridge will help keep your in-movie refreshments fresh.
Whatever novelties you add to the room, will serve to cement it as the perfect cinema room for your home.