With home theatre equipment becoming increasingly sophisticated, you no longer need to go to the cinema to experience movies in large-screen, high definition picture and surround sound. If you’re thinking about furnishing your new media room, the following is a checklist of things you may want to consider when designing a home theatre.

Luxurious seating

Comfortable leather recliners with cushy armrests are a great idea for any home theatre. The amount of seats is reliant on the size of your space; viewers shouldn’t feel too cramped. Also, the distance you place them from your screen depends on the screen’s size. An easy way to determine seat distance is to take the horizontal length of your screen and multiply it by two to get the minimum distance. Multiply it by five to get the maximum distance. For example: A 60-inch screen would have a minimum distance of 120 inches, or ten feet, and a maximum distance of 300 inches, or 25 feet.

Quality visuals

You can’t have the big screen experience without a big screen. The visual component of your home theatre system is the most important and where you want to spend the big bucks. Nearly all new televisions sold today are flat screen – the days of the bulky cathode ray tube televisions are almost over. Flat screens have a better image quality, take up less room, are easier to mount and are comparatively cheaper than CRT. Alternately, if you have the space and the know-how, you could consider a video projector.

Audio is important

Audio is a close second when it comes to allocating your budget. A big screen TV is great but without the right sound system, you might as well be watching TV in your lounge room.

Before you begin building a sound system, you need to decide if you will use wall mounted or freestanding speakers. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages; wall mounted speakers are a more aesthetic choice but the sound quality can be compromised. You can always combine the two. Wireless speakers are also a good aesthetic choice. For a true surround sound experience, you need a subwoofer and at least five speakers – three for the front and three in the back.

Sound panelling

Rectangular windowless rooms generally have better acoustics than square ones, but you might not be able to remodel just for your home theatre. Sound absorption panels to prevent echoes, although standard dry wall panelling is usually adequate acoustic material. Installing carpeting may also improve the acoustics and add a level of comfort for viewers.

Bar fridge

It’s all about the snacks! Keep a small refrigerator in your home theatre and stock it with refreshments that are easily accessible. After all, you won’t have to stand in line and worry about missing your movie when you’re home! A popcorn maker is a nice touch too, if you want to go the extra mile.

Get in touch with ESAR today to find out how you can design your perfect home theatre. You may visit our showroom at 158 East Street, Rockhampton from Monday to Friday and Saturdays by appointment only. Alternatively, call us on 07 4922 0333 or contact us online here.