A basement home theater can be a great addition to your home, both in terms of entertainment and increasing your home’s value if you choose to sell it at some point in the future. It can also be a significant investment depending on your design choices.
In its most basic form, your home theater may simply be a large-screen TV or screen with projector, along with some comfy seating and possibly a sound system of some type. This would hardly be different from many living rooms and basements across the country.
Of course, you can also go for something much more elaborate. Home theaters might replicate the cinema experience, complete with popcorn machines, concession stand, soundproofed walls, theater seating and more. Other homeowners might design a home theater that is essentially a man-cave inspired by childhood heroes, creating their own Batcave, Fortress of Solitude, or virtually anything else they can dream of.
Although these extreme examples do exist and can be a lot of fun, many more home theaters are simply a natural extension of your home, with matching decor and design sensibilities. The great thing about building your home theater is that it can be anything you want, limited only by your imagination and budget.
Sometimes, however, having so many choices can actually make things more difficult, so here are some basement home theaters that we love to give you some ideas:
Movie Theater Room.
This isn’t meant to imply an exact recreation of your favourite cinema—though that has certainly been the route some have gone. This simply refers to a room inspired by cinemas with raised movie theater-style seating, a wide screen with projector, and an automatic curtain. Custom lighting can be a nice touch with sconces on the wall, or lighting incorporated in the base of the seats to light your path in the dark.
Basement and Brewery/ Bar
Whether you want an ice-cold beer while watching your favourite sports event, or some other beverage to go with your action movie, the brewery/ bar theater might be a great choice. This can be a great option if you entertain often or like to have friends over to watch the Superbowl.
Game and Movie Room
Movies and sports aren’t the only reasons to have a home theater. Many hard-core gamers love having a big screen and excellent sound system to elevate their gaming experience to the next level. Modern game consoles offer excellent graphics that can best be enjoyed on a large screen. You might even include other types of game tables or arcade games.
Having movie theater-style seating is great, but not everybody intends to do much entertaining, and your family might consist of only you and your partner. In such circumstances, multiple rows of seating doesn’t make much sense. You might actually find that a cuddle couch is perfect for your needs.
What is a cuddle couch, you ask? They are exactly what it sounds like: a large, comfy seat big enough to accommodate two adults and a small child. They give enough room to lie down and stretch out but are also built to facilitate snuggling up with a loved one under a warm blanket. And if you fall asleep watching your movie or TV show, that’s ok. You won’t wake up with the sore neck and back that some other seats might give you.
Theater With a TV Wall
Not too long ago, having a 55” TV was quite impressive, but as technology improves and consumer demands evolve, larger TVs have been making their way onto the market. 60-inch? Not bad. 70-inch? Pretty nice, but why stop there? After all, you are making a home theater and a big screen TV should be, well, big.
For those who are lucky enough that price is not a limiting factor, Samsung’s The Wall gives you a screen you could possibly watch from the neighbour’s house. At a massive 292 inches, The Wall elevates your viewing from a home theater to a nearly home Imax level. Just don’t ask us how you would get it into the room.
Cinephile’s Home Theater
Some people enjoy movies. Some are true cinema lovers. Some others love everything related to the movies. If you collect movie memorabilia, your home theater can be used to showcase part or even all your collection. You might choose to adorn the walls with classic posters or artwork from your favourite movies. If you have props, costumes, or any other kind of replicas, they can make great additions to your home theater. If they are particularly valuable, you may wish to feature them in display cases.
The Ultimate Basement Home Theater For You
The possibilities for your basement home theater are endless. These are just a few ideas that might inspire you as you design your own unique space. Once you know the theme and style you want for your home theater, there are still a few considerations to keep in mind:
• TV Size. Having a TV that is too large for the assigned space or too small for the room is a common mistake. Be sure to measure the available space and the seating distance to select the best TV for your needs.
• Lighting. Just as with going to the cinema, a darker room is better for your viewing. Windows and your choice of lighting can impact on the quality of your image, particularly if you are using a projector TV.
• Acoustics. A great picture deserves great sound. Drywall and plaster walls are not your friends when it comes to acoustics. To improve the quality of your sound, consider acoustic boards (available at your local home improvement store) to help create the best possible audio experience.
With a little bit of planning, today’s basement home theaters can rival your favourite cinema. You might even find it to be superior, as it will be custom built to your specific needs and desires.
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