Now that you’ve spend quite a hefty amount on your dream home theater, it’s time for setting it up and you cannot afford to hire a technical guy. In any case, you still have to invest in a collection of quality films for an amazing movie experience from the comfort of your home. However, there’s this nagging question of how you are going to set your home theater properly on your own to guarantee an optimal movie experience.
Here is good news for you. Even without any technical skills, there are various adjustments you can make in the room to improve your movie experience. The following are some of the 5 DIY tweaks to improve your home theater for an amazing movie experience at home.
- DIY Stadium Seating
You can hardly experience that Hollywood excitement in your home theater without the right seating arrangement. When creating a stadium seating arrangement, seats are raised in steps such that those in front do not obstruct the view for the people sitting at the back.
A simple, economical and environment-friendly method of creating stadium seating is by recycling pallet wood. In this case, you need several pieces of pallet wood, depending on the number of people you want to accommodate, and cushions or mattresses. You should arrange them in steps as if you are creating a riser, then place your mattresses. They are held together using wood glue or screws.
- DIY Wall Projector
For an exciting and engaging movie or video game experience, we all prefer a large screen. Unfortunately, large sized smart TV screens cost an arm and leg, not to mention that projector screens are not cheap either.
Fortunately, you can design an excellent DIY projector screen using only a smooth wall, spandex, and wood. The process is very simple. Paint your wall white and create a border using the wood and velvet frame. The result is an imitation of a real screen. Here is a YouTube video by Lifehacker showing the step-by-step demonstration.
- DIY Soundproof
For a satisfactory movie experience, you want to capture every decibel, may it be a whisper, the rustling of leaves, the blowing wind and more- without the need to tune to the highest volume. Some flooring materials such as wood are notorious for amplifying sound waves from the speakers and reflecting them to the audience as an echo.
There are different tricks of soundproofing your room to reduce reverberation and improve the quality of sound you get from your system. Some of these do not require expensive materials. A great example is creating acoustic panels around the walls. These absorb the sound so that it doesn’t bounce back as an echo. Some materials you require for this project include fiberglass, egg cartons, picture frame hangers, fabric, and wood glue, just to mention a few.
- DIY Theater Snack Station
The home theater cannot be complete without a popcorn and candy station. Fortunately, you don’t need to invest in anything expensive or hire an expert to have a remarkable snack station. With this guide and some simple DIY skills, you have a complete snack station with components like a popcorn maker and a small fridge.
Some of the tools you need for this project include screws, 4 x 4sq cube unit, mini fridge, scrap wood and a power drill. Get your cube unit assembled and then place the laminate counter on top. The height should be sufficient to fit you mini-fridge. On the counter, you can place your popcorn maker, snacks basket, and glass jars, among other items.
- DIY Movie-themed Décor
Last but not the least in this list is the room’s décor. You want to transform your room to appear and feel close to a commercial theater. In addition to painting it dark to minimize reflections, why not get creative and include some movie-themed decorations? Fortunately, some of these use readily available materials like cardboards, spray paints, a cloth and drawing tools.
The ideas of movie-themed decorations are limited to one’s imagination. You can choose to design a red carpet entrance, pretty paper chains of movie tickets, a film reel for the wall, or a movie clapper. All these ideas serve to create a theater-like environment within your home.
Achieving excellent sound, video quality, and comfort in your home theater doesn’t have to be a farfetched dream. With these simple DIY tricks, there’s no reason for you not to make the best use of your home theater.
About the author
Katie Porter is an aspiring writer, movie lover, and part of the team at Seatup. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her home state Colorado and plays in women’s amateur rugby league.