4 Tips to Transform Your Basement into a Home Theater

  • Four cozy leather chairs form a row in a basement home theater.
What two things do you need for a true home theater experience? Quiet and darkness.

And you can find both of those in your average basement, which, as soon as you move that exercise bike you never use out of the way, becomes the ideal space to set up a home cinema.

Here are four tips for bringing the magic of the movies into your own home.

1. Conceal as Much as Possible

If possible, recess speakers into the walls. If you’re using a video projector (as opposed to just a large screen TV) you’ll need to wire for that, too. Lastly, think about the lighting that you want (such as recessed ceiling lights), and prepare accordingly.

2. Install Cinema Speakers for Home

Most home theaters use a 7.1 surround sound system, meaning you’ll need seven channel speakers, as well as a subwoofer. A 9.1 system is also an option, and results in two additional front speakers.

3. Decide Between a Big-Screen TV or a Projector

Big-screen TVs are cheaper than ever, which may leave you wondering if you even need a projector for your home theater. The consensus among experts seems to be that if you want a very large screen and if you have a very dark room, a projector is still your best option. If, however, you’re looking for ease of installation and don’t want that big of a screen, a TV will work just fine.

4. Get the Details Right

Have you ever gone to a movie theater with tile floors? Didn’t think so. That’s because carpet adds to the quality of your audio by preventing sounds from echoing back. Fabric panels on the walls and plush furniture help as well.

The final touch? A popcorn machine like this one.

Making Room for Your At-Home Theater

If you’re clearing out space for your home theater, you may find yourself running out of storage. A self storage unit could allow you to create the theater of your dreams, without turning the rest of your house into a nightmare.

At StorageMart, we offer self storage units that can be rented on a month-by-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide to find the ideal set-up for you. Contact us to rent a unit online today or for more information.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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