Transform Your Home: How to Create the Best Home Theater

Transform Your Home: How to Create the Best Home Theater

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By Graci Woodworth, Storage.com

What’s home, sweet home without a sanctuary for binge watching all of your favorite films and shows? Movie junkies and Netflix enthusiasts, unite! Compiled in this post are some of the best tips for transforming any room into the cozy home theater you’ve always wished for.

1. START WITH THE SCREEN


When it comes to choosing the type of big screen that is ideal for your home theater, the endless selection of options and styles can get overwhelming in a hurry. Between LED, Plasma, and Projector screens, each of these top-of-the-line displays come with their own advantages and disadvantages. If the room you’re transforming falls on the smaller side of the spectrum, you can optimize picture quality by going for an LED TV. On the other hand, larger spaces tend to solicit projectors (check out this list of recommended models). Making your renovations on a tighter budget? Plasma is the way to go. When it comes down to it, there’s no wrong or right here— it’s all about working with the amount of space you’ve got, and letting it help to guide your vision.

HOW TO MAKE A HOME THEATER A REALITY

2. SPLURGE ON SOUND


What some would consider the most important component of a home theater, a quality speaker system is a must. While you can easily snag these theater accessories with a few clicks online, it’s usually best to go give them a listen for yourself in person (in a room similarly sized to the one you’ll be using them in, if you can). Make sure to do some preparatory research beforehand to help determine the type of system or accessories you’re looking to purchase if that aspect is still undecided. For example, there’s not much need for tower speakers in a smaller sized home theater, leaving extra room in your budget to upgrade the brand or specific features. If your home theater will be a gathering spot for family and friends, consider a receiver with a user-friendly interface to cut back on the headaches of lengthy tutorials. Don’t worry, tangled webs of electrical wires don’t have to be the trade-off to an impeccable sound system, either— hide unappealing wiring with a few of these simple tricks, like installing plastic raceways above trim.

3. CUSTOMIZE YOUR THEATER SEATING


They layout of a home theater room is really a blank canvas for your creation—whether you want a giant, leather sectional for group-watching, or plush recliners and separate theater seats. For spacious areas that offer a lot of room to work with, look into sectioning out two or more rows of stadium-style seating to make sure each family member or guest has a prime viewing spot from any position in the room. You can even dive into DIY options for row-seating, like this lounge area made from wooden pallets and body cushions. Still need some examples to help guide your vision? Take a peek at a few of these incredibly decked home theaters to inspire seating arrangements of your own!

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE THINGS YOU SHOVED ASIDE
TO MAKE ROOM FOR YOUR AWESOME HOME THEATER

4. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!


Contrary to popular belief, the lighting in your home theater doesn’t have to be complicated. Before scrapping the room’s current lighting set up, try installing a dimmer switch to the lights that are already installed—you’ll be shocked at how big of a difference this can make! Swapping outdated lighting for recessed lighting is also a quick-fix for attaining instant theater vibes. If you’re committed to a total home theater renovation, then this DIY tutorial of installing crown molding with LED ribbons will be right up your alley.

5. ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES


Once you’ve chosen your picture-perfect screen (pun intended), ideal home theater speakers, and comfortable seating arrangement, it’s time to stock the room with all of your favorite movie-theater qualities. Add personal touches, like framed posters of your favorite films, an old-school popcorn machine, or even a full-on snack bar. There’s no better place to implement the Bat Cave you’ve always dreamed about, or serve butterbeer in a Hogwarts-styled den (golden snitch and all).

THE BEST PART ABOUT HAVING A HOME THEATER IS…


Have any more tips we missed? Share all of your home theater transformation experiences in the comments below!

Use Self Storage to Transform a Room in Your Home

Use Self Storage to Transform a Room in Your Home

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Everyone has that one room in their home that they’d like to change into something else. Storage.com is here to help provide you with ideas and the storage necessary to make a transformation.

Many people have a spare room in their home that is being used as nothing more than a catch-all for storing anything and everything. If you could just find somewhere else to store all of those extra belongings, the possibilities for that spare room are endless! You can transform a room into something  you’ve always wanted. It could easily be transformed into a man cave, craft room, home gym, game room, home theater, photography studio, trophy room, library, spa, music room, kids’ play room, office, pet room, or anything else you can dream of.

The easiest way to take that space back, and get started on the transformation, is to use self storage for everything that’s in the room already. Starting with a blank slate can give you the boost of inspiration you need to transform that room into a room you’ve always wanted. Best of all, you can easily find a storage unit that fits your needs.

Fits Your Belongings

Storage units come in all shapes and sizes, so you will have no trouble finding a unit that can store all of the extra belongings you’ve piled into your spare room. With sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 and beyond, you’ll be able to get everything out of that room so you can truly enjoy the space.

Fits Your Budget

Self storage is a very affordable option for gaining more storage space, with units starting as low as $25 a month. Instead of moving into a larger home or adding on to your existing one, a storage unit allows you to gain more square footage in your home while staying within your budget.

Fits Your Lifestyle

Storage facilities are all over the place, so you can find a location that is most convenient for you. Plus, with some facilities offering 24 hour and drive-up access, it’ll be easier than ever to grab the items you need out of storage. The best part is, you won’t have to get rid of any valuable items in order to create the room of your dreams.

FIND SELF STORAGE NEAR YOU

  • http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/sydney/greater-sydney/north-shore/ ericbosloor

    I agree that whenever we have that extra space around the house, we would most likely convert it into storage. There are just too many things that keep piling up on a daily basis that we simply fail to keep up. I would normally de-clutter that particular area and get rid of unwanted belongings and for the rest of them, a self storage would be perfect to temporarily stow them away while I convert the area into something more meaningful.

  • Scott Thorn

    I like that you point out to consider getting two or more rows of stadium style seating to make sure each viewer has a good seat. I can see why this would be nice to have so that everyone is able to fully enjoy the movie. I think that this is also a good way to fully utilize the space you have to work with. You can have an aisle on one side and then seats all facing the screen. http://www.valleyhometheater.com/san-francisco-home-automation/