How To Make A Bonus Room Into A Home Theater
Home theaters are all the rage and why not? With Redbox, Netflix and other on demand services at our fingertips a trip to the movies is anytime we want to pop a bag of popcorn and snuggle up under a blanket in our pajamas. If your home has a bonus room then you have the perfect space to transform drab into fab.
You can add a riser by simply creating a box out of 2 x 4 boards and covering with plywood which in turn can be covered with a remnant of matching carpet or brightly colored carpet that boldly matches the design of the space. Be sure to include bracing every 16 inches so the riser will be sturdy.
If your bonus room has a lot of weird architectural angles then take advantage of them by closing them in to make a small closet to house electronic equipment or to create ambiance by adding molding and sconces for dramatic effect.
There is no quick answer as to the best system to install. A two piece projector/screen combination is generally best for a dedicated home theater. Prices for a high end digital projection system run around $20,000. Mid-level projectors such as JVC, Sony, and Optoma fall in the $5,000 – $10,000 price range. However, the two piece projection system isn’t the only game in town when it comes to digital displays. The Flat-panel plasma HDTV with new technologies like LED backlighting have improved their performance and 3D HDTV’s are a hot trend in some circles but you’ll need a 3-D capable Blu-ray player to watch 3D movies.
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If room allows, it only takes a small corner in the back section of the room to create a snack bar. A couple of cabinets to store popcorn, bowls, chips, a built in mini-fridge for drinks and a popcorn machine or microwave and a counter top. A few electrical outlets and you are set. A full sink with running water would obviously be optimal but don’t let a thing like installing plumbing steer you away from completing your movie magic room.
Once you’ve consulted an expert and installed the proper wiring you are ready to decorate. Whether it be theater chairs, recliners or a couch, do as you dare. Add movie posters, movie reels or go old school with red theater drapes. It’s your room so be creative and have fun. That being said, if the want to is there but the wallet says otherwise don’t let that stop you. Take out a piece of paper, draw plans for your dream room, then hook up the trusty $350 surround sound to your flat screen TV and enjoy the show. A home theater is all about the atmosphere, the seating, the vibration of the bass against your chest and the sound of the action filling the room. Make your bonus room count and I’ll take butter on my popcorn please!