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Step By Step Basement Home Theater

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Basement Home Theater

Home theater design has become a major theme in home improvement as well as an economical alternative to constantly spending money on nightlife establishments. Many people get more mileage out of a home entertainment system if it’s set up for comfort. Whether you choose the DIY method or hire a professional installer, here are the essential steps for setting up a home theater in your basement.

1. Find a Screen Location

Your first step is to pick the ideal wall in your basement to place a big screen. Consider space and lighting as important factors. Make sure that the distance from the screen to the couch and other furniture is comfortable on the eyes. Usually, 10-15 feet is a sufficient viewing distance for a 50-60 foot screen. If you plan on having guests over frequently, 25 feet may be more appropriate.

Take into account the amount of sunlight that will enter the room through a window, understanding that blinds or curtains reduce glare. Consider how much extra space you may want for other entertainment features, such as a pool or dining table. For maximum pleasure, consider installing more than one screen.

2. Plan Cable Wiring

No matter what type of delivery system you use, whether it’s cable, satellite or HDTV antenna, the wiring from the source to your screen wall will consist of coaxial cabling. Part of your wiring decisions will be based on how many screens you install and how many different programs you want to display at the same time.

3. Install Ethernet for Internet

A big part of home entertainment includes internet as well as television, especially if you use video games, Netflix and other types of online media. Keep in mind that internet wired with an ethernet cable is always more reliable than wireless internet. Using two 100-foot CAT6 cables for two separate connections will provide you with a backup in case one connection gets busy or if you need extra bandwidth.

4. Use Dedicated Circuits

If you plan on more than one screen wall, consider installing a dedicated electrical circuit for each screen. Two separate circuits and wall outlets help prevent power surges from using too much electricity at one time.

5. Decide on Speaker Wiring

For a state-of-the-art sound, consider the latest surround sound technology. Think about where you wish to place front and rear speakers. Some people like speakers to hang from the ceiling while others prefer to place them on shelves or stands. Once you decide on speaker placement you can then install the wiring that usually goes through walls or the ceiling.

6. Run Projector Wires Through Pipes

If your dream theater includes a video projector, you will need to install additional wires from the projector to the source, such as the cable box. An efficient method is to run the wires from the screen wall through a PVC pipe within the ceiling joist bay that extends to the projector location.

7. Install Ceiling Outlets, Drywall and Sound Barriers

The ideal scenario for video projection and rope lighting includes wiring one or two electrical outlets in the ceiling. Use half of the outlet for powering the projector and the other half for rope lighting. Installing drywall and sound barriers completes the project.

The above steps provide general guidelines for setting up a long-term home theater in your basement that will bring you years of enjoyment. These essentials will help you plan your system whether you design it yourself or work with experts. For maximum quality, contact Majestic Home Solutions to find out how we can build your home theater together.

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