Designing a Home Theater on a Budget

Every movie enthusiasts dream is to one day have an incredible home theater in their own home. As the picture and sound quality continues to improve in the realm of digital home media, there is little reason to take a trip to the local cinema anymore. Why compete with crowds and crying children when you could enjoy the movie going experience without ever having to leave your home? The only issue is, home theaters aren’t exactly cheap and in this economy investing in a home theater may seem like much more of a luxury than a necessity. That may be true, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build your own home theater on a budget. Here are a few simple steps you can take to build a great theater in your own home without breaking the bank.

For starters, don’t hire a professional to design and install your home theater. If money is a factor, you could quickly burn through your budget on design plans alone. The key is simplicity. Sure a fancy wall mounted projector screen, surround sound speakers, and authentic movie theater seating would be nice, but none of these things are needed to build a great home theater. With a little creativity and ingenuity, you can design a quality theater at a fraction of the cost.

The most important part of any home theater is the screen. Whether you are using a projector screen or a plasma TV, you’re going to need a place to store it. A projector screen would help you enjoy a more traditional home theater experience. Depending on the size of your room, you may want to purchase either a wall mounted screen or a portable screen. Mounting a projector screen on the wall is simple, and it will help give your theater a more professional look, while a portable screen can be easily rolled up for space saving storage. A portable screen can also be used in other rooms, if you suspect you’ll be using it in rooms other than your theater. Investing in an HD projector and screen can be rather pricey however, in most cases a pre-existing plasma TV may be a better route.

Plasma TV’s are a very popular choice, as high definition TV’s have made some tremendous strides in picture clarity over the past few years. In terms of presenting your TV, you can choose to either set it on top of a modern plasma TV stand or you can have it mounted on the wall. Wall mounted plasma TV’s are the ultimate in modern entertainment and while it may look difficult, mounting a TV is a simple job. No need to hire an installer, all you need is a screw driver and a few sets of hands to help your hold the TV in place.

In terms of stereo sound, if you have an amplifier and a set of speakers, it is easy to set up your own surround sound system. Speaker mounts are inexpensive and can be easily mounted to your wall. If you have the money, consider picking up some wireless speakers to help avoid bothersome wires. By positioning your speakers behind your theater seating, you will experience the greatness of surround sound, without paying a fortune for the latest sound system. You’d be surprised at the quality sound that some inexpensive speakers can offer.

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