Home Theater Installation Faqs

A home theater can turn your home into the gathering spot for your kids and their friends. Before you become the cool parent on the block though, you need to correctly install the system. Here are some questions you should ask before the installation to guarantee your theater system is setup correctly.  

Is There Enough Room? 

Sometimes, the desire for a home theater system is bigger than the space that is available for it. In setting up your home theater, you need to have enough space for not only the television or projector and screen, you also need a seating area. If you plan to have other furnishings in the room, you also need room for those.  

To help determine the amount of room that is needed, you need to think about the audience size, distance from the screen, and whether or not you plan to have risers. You need a room that is large enough to fit everyone in your viewings comfortably. Do not forget to factor in the space that is taken up by the home theater equipment and optional furniture.  

The distance from the screen is important. If there is not enough space, eye strain and discomfort could result. If there is too much space, some of the resolution will be lost in the eyes of the viewers. Ideally, the minimum distance should be at least twice the length of the television.  

Where Will the Cables Be Hidden? 

After all of the hard work that is put into setting up your home theater system, you do not want the effect ruined by the appearance of electrical cords hanging from each component. Hiding the cables can give a more authentic experience for viewers.  

You have a couple of options to hide the cables. You can choose to hide the wires within the walls and ceiling or inside on an AV cabinet. Hiding the cables within the walls is a popular option because it has a more professional look and you do not have to worry about cables being exposed if someone rummages through the cabinets.  

If you do plan to hide the cables in the walls, consider hiring an expert in home theater room design to help. These professionals can help minimize the changes to your wall and ceiling's surfaces. You can also ensure the cables do not interfere with any of the other wiring that is hidden within your walls.