Home Remodel Tip: Theater Room

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With all the new technology, from streaming movies to large curved flat screen televisions, a growing trend in home improvements is to build out a separate theater or media room in the home. This room can give you great movie watching similar to the movie theater experience to hosting sports watching parties at your home routing for your favorite team.

To get this home remodel project started, you will need to locate the appropriate space in your home for a room like this one. Adding a theater room will depend on the overall size and existing layout of your home. If you have a basement, many people will complete it or finish it and part of this space may turn into a theater room. Once you have identified the space, identify room layout. The size of your television or screen, your seating arrangement and any other amenities you want to add to the room will help identify how you want this room designed and built. If you are working with a fixed space, then you can determine the size of your television and seating arrangement based on the existing room’s layout and size.

When designing a theater room, consideration for any other electronics like speakers, receivers, controllers and any other equipment you might need will also be items to include in your budget and layout.

Items to budget with a theater room

If you are putting the theater room in an unfinished basement, there are a number of building materials that are required for this home remodel project.  If you are putting new equipment in an existing room, then the items to shop for are mainly the audio visual components and any seating.

Base Boards End Tables Speakers
Cable Receiver Flooring Television
Ceiling Fan Insulation TV Cabinets
Ceiling Lights Lamps Wall Hangings
Chairs Molding Window Treatment
Coffee Table Paint Labor
Decorative Lights Sofa
Drywall Sound System

How to build a theater room

Hiring a contractor if you are finishing out a basement is probably the best thing to do when putting in a theater room.  You need to make sure you have heating and cooling and electrical power to support this room.  You may also need carpentry, drywall and insulation skills to finish out walls and ceilings.

You also need to decide if your theater room will have very high end components or current market based systems.  There are a lot of options if you want to go high end, so consider working with a theater consultant.  You can also have a great system just working with a local electronics store on great flat screen televisions and surround sound systems.

Managing your overall budget will be crucial in this home remodel project as electronics can add up quickly.