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DIY Home Theater Room

There was a time home theater was affordable only by the rich and famous. Those days are gone. Thanks to affordable technology, many families are enjoying a true movie theater experience at home.

theater room

What you need know the basic knowledge of how to setup a theater system and better planning (location and budget).  Either you can build a room in your basement with fancy electronics and  design with your person touch  or turn a room with a TV into a full-fledged “home theater. Truth be told you can set up home theater with medium budget. If you can balance both Audio and video to keep your cost under your budget the rest is up to you how you want to decorate your room.  That’s where your imagination come in place.

Let’s look at a medium budget theater room.

Based on the  the location a big or small room,  “The ideal space for a home theater is 20 feet long by 13 feet wide and relatively isolated from the rest of the house. “It has to be in a place that does not interrupt the business of the home,”. A a room that’s at least 12 by 12 feet.  If the room is not completed yet perfect for making sure the room is sound proof. “There no way to block the sound completely” but you can reduce it. A rating of R30 is standard for the floor, ceiling, and exterior wall insulation, but don’t neglect the interior walls. Also perfect opportunity to hide you wires by doing the pre wiring for audio, video and lighting.


Check the seating area, location where you will be sitting and watching the screen. Check the viewing distance.


For Audio  – Home theater Audio

Mark the location where each speaker will go:

  • Center – just above or below the viewing screen
  • Left/Right – on either side of the screen at ear height
  • Side Surrounds – on the side walls just behind the main row of seating
  • Rear Surrounds – on the back wall (how far apart depends on the system)

pre wiring

For video – Home theater Video

  • An HDMI cable to carry high-definition video to the projector
  • A CAT5 control wire for accessing the projector with a remote.

For Lighting

The following are preferred lighting options for a home theater:

  • Recessed lighting
  • Wall sconces
  • Ambient lighting
  • LED or fiber optic lighting strips in the floor or baseboards
  • Task lamps next to seating


Let’s look at the Home Theater Audio & Video.