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Ideas For Home Theaters In Smaller Rooms

Ideas For Home Theaters In Smaller Rooms

By Guest Blogger: Karl Kennedy of

Not everybody is fortunate enough to be able to afford a huge room tailored to watching movies. As a result, creating a great cinematic experience with limited space is potentially challenging. Initial research and budgeting must be done in order to be genuinely happy with the eventual outcome.

To start, review as many products as possible in a reasonable amount of time before settling on specific ones. Here’s an introductory guide to assist in brainstorming for a home theater system customized perfectly for the user.

Picture Quality

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The visual is arguably the most important factor in a home theater system. The first major decision to be made is whether to go with a television or use projection. In most cases, projector screens cost less than televisions, even with the additional cost of the projector.

The larger the desired viewing screen, the more a projector setup will make sense. Note that there are certain restrictions on projection screens, which may lead to a television being selected instead. The ideal place to use projection is in a room void of windows, which isn’t normal in most rooms of a typical home. Also, the size of the wall where the projector screen will be placed matters. Lastly, the size and shape of the small room can eliminate some projectors from being utilized, as some projectors require more space from the screen to the projector lens to function properly.

Sound Quality

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Next up is sound, which is of great importance, too. Weak sound systems can ruin the entire experience, even if the visuals are pristine. Luckily, there are sound systems that can fit into budgets both large and small.

The recommended systems are either 5.1 or 7.1. The 5.1 system uses six speakers to create surround-sound. The 7.1 system uses eight speakers, which slightly improves the sound quality when compared to the 5.1 system. If neither of those fit the budget, go with a 3.1 soundbar setup. While it’s not surround-sound, it can still get the job done without coming across as cheap and distracting.

Seating Capacity

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The typical audience will have an impact on seating selection. Shape and size of each seat matters a lot and color may be a factor, too. The size of the family and the number of desired extra seats also need to be determined. Some seats have accessories like cup holders and trays for food. The more advanced and expensive seats could also have power controls and built-in USB chargers.

A rule of thumb to figure out the minimum distance from the screen to the first (or only) row of seats is to multiply the horizontal length of the screen by two. Multiply by five to get the maximum distance away from the screen for seats, if there will be more than one row. On the topic of multiple rows, be sure to leave at least 18 inches from the back of one row to the front of another for people to get in and out comfortably. Factor in more space between rows for reclining seats, if desired, as they’ll take up more space when not in the upright position.