Movies can serve as the backdrop to so many meaningful moments in our lives, and it’s a safe bet that your kids are going to remember the films they loved growing up just like you do. Especially the ones you watch as a family. Putting time and effort into making your own home theater is a way to make movies an important part of your life, and they deserve to be. This room in your house is going to be a source of pure fun and relaxation, and it’s likely you’ll want to show it off. There are a few basic things to think about when it comes to what you want in your home theater, when you’re coming up with ways to make it stylish, comfortable, and unique to your home.

1. Screens

Many people design their home theater around the purchase of a large flat-screen television. But most DIY designers of a full-fledged home theater look for projection screens.

Large Screen TV in Living Room

Large Screen TV in Living Room

There is a lot of information out there about types of screens you can buy and which ones produce the best picture quality, but most of it is way more complicated than it needs to be. When choosing a screen, you want to consider whether you want a portable screen or one that mounts on the wall or ceiling, and whether you want a manual or electric. Many people talk about screen “gain” – which is how bright the picture is, or how well the screen reflects light. But much of that will depend not only on the quality of the screen, but on the angle of the seating and the quality of light in the room at any given time.

2. Seats

The kind of seats in your theater depend on the size of the room and how many people you’d expect to use it at one time. Some people want a sectional sofa for their kids or even a tricked-out armchair for themselves alone.

Seating Arrangement in Front of TV

Seating Arrangement in Front of TV

But if you’d like to be able to entertain for a small handful of guests, the options for home theater seating have grown. You can give your guests an exciting, glamorous experience by adding cinema-style seating in a variety of colors and fabrics. Everyone gets to recline and relax at the same time, and it gives the feeling of a real movie theater without the hassles that take away from the fun.

3. Sound

Choosing a sound system can be confusing because the prices and sizes can really vary. You want to plan the number of speakers you need around the size of the room. Not only do you not need an enormous speaker system for a smaller room, you also won’t have enough places to put the speakers.

Akai AISS010 All-in-One Home Theatre System

Akai AISS010 All-in-One Home Theatre System

It’s becoming a lot easier to buy one packaged system, where you pay a set price for speakers, cables, and a receiver. This is a good way to go if you’re not an expert or extremely particular about audio – you just want a good sound. Whatever you do, make sure your sound system is compatible with your DVD or blu ray player before you buy it.


4. Decor

This is where you can personalize and embrace originality with your home theater. You can fill your theater with movie-themed posters and wallpaper, rugs, clocks, and unique decor items – even a “now playing” frame. Many people invest in red velvet curtains or rope lights, just to give their theater that extra bit of magic. If you want to host birthday parties or other events in your theater, decorations will make it even more of a great idea. You can invest in creative lighting, or even get a ticket booth to double as a mini bar.

Smart TV and Home Decor

Smart TV and Home Decor

A home theater can be a luxurious investment, especially if home entertainment is something you really love. The sound and picture quality of the latest technology lends itself to greater and greater presentation, so why not embrace it? More and more people are avoiding the lines, crowds, and enormous ticket prices associated with movie theaters, but there is still a certain excitement that comes from going to the cinema. With some planning, you can recreate that excitement without anyone in your family having to leave your home.