Step by Step of Designing A Basement Home Theater

Oct 4th

If you have a basement and you get confused to use the room, you should probably watch this article and try to designing a basement home theater. With its location which is less light and no windows, basement is a perfect place for converting to be a theater. You will watch movies more excited and comfortably. Here are some steps that you should do to have a great home theater in your basement.

Log Home Basement Theater Idea
Log Home Basement Theater Idea

First of all, you must prepare all the items you need to build a basement home theater. Some of items you should prepare are paint, carpet, curtains, soundproofing, furniture, fridge, popcorn maker and lighting.

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After you’ve got all the items, you can start your project by painting your basement walls. The best colors for getting a great home theater in basement is neutral and non-reflective colors. When you finish with your wall colors, you can lay sound deadening carpet and, if your basement has windows, don’t forget to sew blackout curtains. To avoid a noisy sound comes out and disturb the other family members or your neighbors, you can use soundproofing tile on the ceiling.

To decorate your basement home theater, you can hang framed movie posters on the walls. You can choose either reproduction posters or original movie posters. Reproduction posters are widely available. Original movie posters are highly collectible and can be found at specialty stores.

The main step of designing a basement home theater is when you install a big screen TV and surround sound speakers. Without them, you cannot see your movies. After the TV and speakers are ready, you can hang curtains in front of the TV or put it in an entertainment center with doors so that the room can be used for multiple purposes while giving a real theater feel.

To make your watching movie session more comfortable, you should position a large sofa and comfortable recliners in the space. Usually, stadium seating is impractical in a basement because of the ceiling height. If you have the space, install risers and put comfortable chairs on them. Don’t forget to put a coffee table and end tables within easy reach of all the seating for snacks and drinks. Keep in mind that some recliners come with cup holders.

To get a complete look like a real theater, it’s recommended to have a snack zone in your basement home theater by building a bar with a mini-fridge and small sink. Buy a popcorn machine or a nacho maker for the area. Consider installing a one-drawer dishwasher to save carrying dirty glasses and plates upstairs.

If you have young family members, you can create a basement theater which is kids friendly by making a kids area on the floor or a raised platform. You should cover it with cushions and pillows and make sure there are places for kids to securely set their snacks. This also can be used as a casual platform bed for overnight guests.

Lighting is very important in basement home theater. You can install adjustable lighting on dimmer switches. Position a few table lamps around the room so it can be used for multiple purposes. The last important thing when designing a basement home theater is you should also make sure the room has enough ventilation. Basements in particular can get stuffy. Luckily, if you have a popcorn machine, it will add heat to the room. You can use ceiling fans if the height is available. Use your whole-house fan if you have one, or simply place a couple of fans in the room.