Where is the Best Place to Install Your Home Theater System?
Finding the Solution That Makes the Most Sense for Your Space
When potential clients approach us about installing a home theater system, their expectations can vary widely from project to project. Some want the larger-than-life screen, 4K projector, themed room and acoustic treatments. Others are looking to install small-scale ones in their media room. While you'll get the best images and video in a dedicated theater, there's no real right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing the location and scale for your theater. In this blog, we highlight some of the most popular options so you can figure out what makes the most sense for your Sugar Land, TX home.
Though basements aren't particularly common in Houston, they do provide the ideal location for a home theater system. For one, they’re usually far removed from other rooms, so you're not going to deal with external noise. There's also no windows, so you don't have to worry about ambient lighting causing glare on your screen. Basements are also typically pretty large so you can include a bigger screen, more speakers in your surround sound layout, and comfortable seating for the ultimate viewing experience.
If you don’t have a basement, you can still install your home theater in a dedicated room whether it’s a den or converted bedroom. These rooms can be insulated to reduce the amount of external noise and—if they have windows—blackout shades can be installed to eliminate ambient lighting. Depending on the size of the room, we help you figure out the screen size and speaker layout that makes the most sense. If there happen to be space limitations, you can opt for in-ceiling and in-wall speakers to reduce clutter.
Sometimes when clients approach us regarding home theater systems, they want to upgrade the entertainment centers in their media rooms. In this case, many homeowners prefer to stick with a flat panel TV rather than going with a projector and screen. The upgrade primarily has to do with going from their TV speakers or a soundbar to a full surround sound setup. Due to style and space limitations, most clients opt for in-ceiling and in-wall speakers in these cases.
Another significant upgrade that comes with their home theater system is the way they access their favorite entertainment. Instead of multiple remotes, we can consolidate their Blu-ray, media player, and streaming services on one remote or a dedicated touchpad. From their preferred control device, they can also close their blackout shades or adjust lighting when it’s time to watch a movie. It’s all about creating a truly immersive movie-watching experience no matter where they are.
A favorite feature in dedicated theaters is the inclusion of star ceilings to create the illusion of watching movies under the stars. Why not make the illusion a reality with an outdoor home theater? With 4K Ultra HD options from outdoor TV manufacturers Seura and powerful outdoor speakers from Sonance, you can create a small home theater system in your patio or backyard.
Which home theater setup do you think makes the most sense for your family? SES Design Group can create a custom solution for your home so you can enjoy your favorite movies like never before.