Don’t even think about wasting your time and money going to the movie theaters to watch a movie anymore. You can get the full cinematic experience right within the comfort of your own home.
Home Theater Rooms have become the new talk of the town and are a must-have room in almost every home today.
If you are looking for Small Home Theater Room Ideas, let the HEP Team guide you through the steps of bringing it to life.
Why Should You Have A Home Theater Room In Your Home?
The home theater room is the designated room in your house where yourself or the whole family can spend time together watching movies, sports, or playing games all while experiencing the same sensations as you would going to a movie theater.
The feeling of being immersed into your favorite movie or show from the surround sound speakers, the dimmed lighting so the colors from the projector or TV can be vibrant and dazzling making sure that you don’t miss out on any details, and the comfort and relaxation that takes over you as you kick back and cozy up in the recliner while watching your movie.
You might even be surprised, the experience at home could be better than a night out at the movies.
It’s always fun to get out of the house and go do things, but sometimes you just don’t have the energy to get dressed up and go out.
You may just feel like relaxing around your home in your pajamas while watching some of your favorite movies.
And just knowing that you can have the perfect movie night of your own by yourself or with friends and family while experiencing the same quality and comfort you would at an actual movie theater has to be one of the best feelings in the world.
And the best part, it’s all for FREE!
You’re ultimately saving money by not having to waste gas driving to the movie theaters, purchasing a movie ticket, or paying those ridiculous prices for a bucket of popcorn which can easily almost cost you $20 alone.
The ability to enjoy your favorite movies and shows at home has not only become a very gratifying feeling, but also a smart financial decision that keeps your money in your wallet.
6 Major Small Home Theater Room Ideas You Need To Know!
1.Projector Vs. TV
The first thing you need to figure out when trying to build your home theater room is if you want a projector or TV to watch your entertainment on.
There are plenty of budget-friendly options available for both so you have a lot of flexibility in making a decision.
The most beneficial aspect of going with a HD projector would be its viewing size.
While most TVs max out around 80 inches, even though there are some that goes beyond 100 inches.
Screen projectors image size can range anywhere from 40 to 300 inches and is adjustable which means that you can adjust the screen size to make the perfect fit for your Home Theater Room.
Whereas if you buy a 75 inch Smart TV and it’s too small for the room, your stuck with that TV unless you buy another one.
The major downfalls with projectors would be their brightness levels and multimedia streaming services.
Projectors require a dark and dimmed lighting room in order to be effective and deliver crystal clear images.
A projector won’t do you any good if your home theater room emits a lot of sunlight or is in an open area where light always shines through.
Also, most projectors don’t come installed with multimedia services like Netflix or Hulu so you would have to purchase a separate media streaming device which we’ll talk about more later on.
When shopping for a projector, you need to know exactly how far the projector needs to be from the ceiling so you can get the right size projector mount that works for your room.
Once you got that figured out, then you’ll need a projector screen to create a smooth surface on your wall so your projector can perform at its fullest potential and deliver clear and crisp images.
In most cases, HD Projectors are usually less expensive than your modern TV’s.
An 80-inch TV can cost anywhere from $1500 and up while a projector that can expand its screen size up to 300-inches will cost around $500 or more.
Just take a look at the ViewSonic 1080p Home Theater Projector.
It has full HD 1080p resolution for a cinema-like experience with whatever movie or show you are watching, features two HDMI ports for easy connectivity to your devices, and it’s priced under $500.
Huge Flat Screen TV’s are the consumer favorite when it comes to Home Theater Rooms because of their stunning details and in-depth vibrant colors.
Unlike projectors, TV’s already come pre-installed with multimedia streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu which is a major reason why they’re so popular because all your favorite shows and movies are right in front of you with a touch of a button.
The installation is a breeze and will only take minutes to complete whether you choose to mount it on the wall or place it on a TV stand. Mounting your TV on the wall is the best way to go because it will save you space and give you more room to be creative with, provides you with optimal viewing angles, and reduces neck and eye strain.
We all know the market is flooded with tons of different TVs to choose from, but we strongly recommend getting an LED TV because their less of a hassle and more affordable. They consume less power than conventional LCD TVs making them energy efficient and offers a brighter display with deep-level contrasts producing more detailed and vivid pictures.
You can read more about the benefits of LED TV’s in our article on “The Top Rated LED Tv’s Of 2019!”
2.Home Surround Sound System Vs. Sound Bar
What’s a Home Theater Room without a BOOMING audio system? You can’t be watching your favorite shows and movies in your theater room with just standard built-in speakers.
The reason for that is because Flat Screen TV’s are too slim so their audio has limitations and built-in projector speakers aren’t powerful enough to carry a whole theater room.
So just like you had the option to choose from a TV or HD Projector, you got the option to choose from a Surround Sound System or a Sound bar.
The surround sound system makes the audio more immersive and provides a richer tone than a soundbar, but it’s usually more expensive.
On the other hand, sound bars still provide cinema-quality sound without having to break the bank and they have a super sleek look sitting up under your TV or your projector screen.
You can’t go wrong with either option, it all just depends on what your willing to spend and what your preferences are.
If you’re an audio enthusiasts and want the best and baddest sound possible, then you should definitely look into getting a Surround Sound System.
A great example of this would be the Onkyo HT-S3800 5.1 Channel Home Theater Package.
It comes with it’s own A/V receiver which amplifies the sound and functions as the brains of your home theater room, an 5.1 channel setup which I’ll explain later, and it’s integrated with Chromecast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth to stream all your favorite music and videos from multiple devices.
If your on a budget but still want high-quality sound, then we recommend going with the soundbar option.
You can find a exceptional sound bar for just under 100 bucks. To learn more check out our detailed review of “All The Top-Rated Sound Bars For Any Budget”.
In addition to choosing between a Home Surround Sound System or a Sound bar, you can also upgrade the speakers even more if you want to achieve that big sound and deliver a truly cinematic audio experience whenever your playing the game or watching your shows or movies.
There are a variety of different speaker setups for both surround system and sound bar. I’ll breakdown a couple of the most common speaker setups below:
With a 5.1 setup, you’ll need a center-channel speaker, two main speakers, two surround speakers, and a sub-woofer.
The benefits of a 5.1 setup is that they deliver booming sound and you can usually buy them all together in one box.
Everything you need from all the wires, speakers, plug-ins, and receiver comes in just one box. No need for going back to the store or ordering equipment online.
The Onkyo HT-S3800 I previously mentioned has a 5.1 setup and has all the equipment and features you need to receive the ultimate entertainment experience from your home theater room.
Now the 7.1 setup is for the consumers who wants there home theater room as loud and as banging as possible. To achieve this setup, you’ll need a center-channel speaker, two main speakers, four surround speakers, and a sub-woofer.
Now obviously, this is the same setup as the 5.1 with the exception of two additional surround sound speakers. These two additional speakers can be placed in the back of your theater room or mounted onto the wall facing downward which will deliver a more powerful and focused sound.
If your looking to go this big with your audio, check out the Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System.
It comes everything you need except a receiver which is common when dealing with bigger speaker setups.
The best way to decide which speaker setup is best for you depends on what you like, how much your willing to spend, and more importantly, the size of your home theater room.
Anything around 350 square feet would be optimal for a 5.1 setup, while anything over that would be best suited for a 7.1 setup.
It won’t do you any good to build out your home theater room with all these high-tech gadgets just to let it get ruined from a power outage or lightning storm.
That’s where a Surge Protector comes in and saves the day. A surge protector protects your electrical devices such as your TV or projector, game console, speakers, and others from voltage surges.
Whenever the protector detects a surge coming about, it automatically redirects the surge to another destination protecting all your appliances that you spent your hard-earned money on.
If you are using a HD projector for your home theater room, you’ll need a media player because like I mentioned earlier, projectors don’t usually come with built-in movie streaming services.
The sole purpose of Multi-Media players such as Firestick, Roku, or Bluray is to provide you with all the popular movies and music streaming services like Netflix, Youtube, Hulu, and Pandora.
Media players are becoming the new “Must-Have Gadget” because of their wide-range of entertainment apps and affordable prices.
The best thing about media players is that they usually require a simple setup. Take a look at the Firestick for example.
All you have to do is plug it into the HDMI port on the back of your Projector or TV, connect it to the Wifi, and that’s it. Then you would have instant access to thousands of shows, movies, and music.
If you decided to use a smart TV for your home theater room, you don’t have to worry about none of this because the apps already come built-in on the TV.
Just imagine having all these high-tech gadgets setup in your home theater room like the HD projector or smart TV, the surround sound system, and the media player.
Now think about how much of a hassle it would be trying to keep up with all those remote controls. And we both know just how easy it is to misplace the remote control.
That is why a Universal Remote is the most efficient way to manage all your appliances.
It’s just one remote that can change the show or movie that you are watching, adjust the volume to whatever your listening to, turn all of your appliances on or off, control the lighting, and any other features that your standard remote control does.
Of course, you have plenty of options when it comes to universal remotes, but one that I always recommend and is highly-rated among consumers would be the Logitech Harmony Hub.
It basically turns your smartphone or tablet into a universal remote which is really cool because you might be bad at keeping up with remotes, but you definitely always know where your phone or tablet is at.
And if your just having a bad day and can’t seem to find your phone, you can also control it using voice command with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. Cool right? I know.
My family and I have been using Logitech Harmony Hub to control our home theater system for years now and it has never gave me no problems. I just love it so much because of how easy it is to use.
It’s so simple that my children are able to go in the theater room, turn on the TV and surround sound system, and watch their cartoons with no assistance at all.
So if you plan on having a serious home theater system or even one with three or more major appliances, a Universal Remote is a NECESSITY.
The Bottom Line
I hope you enjoyed and took something away from these 6 Major Small Home Theater Room Ideas.
If you don’t have much experience in constructing and planning home theater rooms, we strongly recommend that you seek out professional help.
That can be the difference between having a room full of cool equipment and a true home cinema theater experience.
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