Designing a Home Theater for a Small Room
Decades back, having a home entertainment system or a home theater is considered to be more of a luxury. Only families and households that are at the elite level, the rich and the famous so to speak, could afford to have a home theater system.
However, that’s a thing of the past! With the knowledge about basic home theater design freely available and home theaters manufacturers lowering their price constantly, this luxury is now available to a greater number of families.
Think about it – you would only need 3 basic components – a television set, a good pair of speakers, and a DVD/Blu Ray player…and viola! You now have a home theater system.
However, before you can even think about setting up one for your home, there are a couple of important factors that you need to consider. First on our list is the size of your room where the entertainment system will be installed. The design, arrangement, etc depends on the size of the room where your home theater will set up.
What Experts Recommend
If your room is relatively small, many experts recommend that you stick with the 3 basic components of a home entertainment system – the television set, 3 speakers (at most), and a DVD player.
The arrangement of the television and the DVD player depends on the space you have and your personal preference. However, as for the speakers, they need to be kept on the left, right, and center of the room.
The television set should be at least 27 inches. Think about it – the reason why you’re setting up a home theater system is to get a theater-like ambience and experience. Any television set that is smaller than 27 inches will almost absolutely fail in giving you that experience that you’re looking for. The sights and colors may not be as detailed as you want it to be.
As for the sounds, for a small room, it’s possible to get a surround-sound environment with 3 speakers. However, for bigger and wider rooms, you need to increase the number of your speakers. I’ve seen home theater systems that have about 6-8 speakers along with a subwoofer!
Reminders For Buying Speakers
If you have a relatively small budget, it’s very important to buy from stores that will allow you to test their speaker’s quality in your room and return it if the results don’t turn out to be what you’re expecting.
You see, there are speakers that sound great in-store but come out awful when used in small rooms. On the other hand, if you have a bigger budget, you might as well hire a home theater system expert or designer. These guys know what accessories you will need, how to check the power rating, how to determine if you need amplifiers, projectors, etc or not.