How to Construct a Home Theater

You have the perfect home entertainment idea spinning around in your head and more than ready to make it a reality. All you need is the right sound and audio systems, location, and HDTV. Here are some ideas on how to construct a home theater.

Plan Your Location

If you don’t plan where you want to place your theater, you might run into problems during and after the installation. There are several reasons for this:

You end up purchasing your TV, speakers, and chairs in the wrong sizes and they don’t fit in the space.
You damage your electrical system because you didn’t add enough outlets or wiring for your systems.
Your system sounds bad because you didn’t insulate the room properly.

Before you make any purchases, have a home theater contractor come in and inspect the house. He or she can find the best room for your theater. You need exact measurements of the wall you plan to place your television and speakers. The measurements help you and the contractor choose the right dimensions for the main equipment.

In addition, the contractor will schedule an electrician to come out and look over your electrical wiring, breaker box, and outlets. Bad wiring can destroy your system, as well as the rest of your appliances with power surges. This could happen if you have a large home theater and it overloads the electricity in your home.

Insulate Your Location

The next thing you need to do is insulate your theater room. You can do this in two ways: add insulation like studio foam to the walls, or place insulation beneath the walls and flooring. Studio foam is the cheapest route because it only requires placing thick, sound-resistant material on the exterior portions of the room’s walls.

The other method is more expensive, but guarantees that no sound penetrates the theater room. It requires a building contractor’s help. The contractor typically removes the foundation of the walls and flooring, and adds a thick layer of sound-reducing insulation inside them. The insulation blocks indoor and outdoor sounds.

After you do the above steps, you’re ready to purchase and install the equipment. You should also choose your furnishings, wall decorations, and bar at this time.