How To Create Your Own Home Cinema

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If you’re a real movie lover and you have the space to spare, then you might be considering creating your own cinema room at home. Although choosing and mounting a large television is a huge part of the process, there are many other things to think about when planning and decking out your cinema room. At Ferguson TV, we’ve pulled together all of the best home cinema ideas, from the best home cinema systems, to soundproofing your walls, to ensure that your new movie room is the best it can possibly be. So kick-off your shoes, recline your chair and get ready to view those blockbuster movies in true home cinema style!

How big does a home cinema room need to be?

Although there is no set size that your cinema room should be, you may want to consider the shape of your room in order to guarantee the best possible sound quality and screen viewing that you can create. Avoid using a square room, as you want to make sure that there’s ample room between where you’ll be sat and the screen for comfort and even distribution of sound. In an ideal scenario, a medium-sized cinema room should measure at least 10ft x 12ft, whereas a bigger room should measure 16ftx23ft.

What should I buy for a cinema room?

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Creating the perfect home cinema room is all about perfecting the ambience of a real cinema experience. From lighting to sound, here are our top tips for getting your home cinema just right;-

Dimmable lighting

When deciding on the room to use for your home cinema, the amount of light in the room should be one of your first considerations. Ambient light is the amount of natural light in a room available before adding in any artificial lighting, and in most cases, when decorating your home, your goal is to achieve the most ambient lighting possible. With a home cinema room, your aim should be the opposite of this, avoiding rooms that have too many windows or installing blackout blinds to blackout any external light. 

When choosing the lighting for your cinema room, dimmable lights that can be adapted are the best choice, allowing you to create a customised cinema experience. Look for lighting that allows you to set the brightness level by percentage or mood, so you can easily recreate it the next time you use the room, which can be really useful if your cinema room has multiple purposes.

Soundproofing, acoustics and a good sound system

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When you’re exploring home cinema ideas, it’s important to think about where your room is located in relation to other rooms in your house and whether or not you’ll need to soundproof it. If your room is small, building a stud wall to soundproof it might not be practical, but there are still some things you can implement to limit the amount of sound that enters and leaves the room.

How to create the best acoustics for your cinema room;-

  • To soundproof your walls, you could install drywall or sound-reducing cardboard panels, but if this isn’t possible, there are other things you can do;-
  • Your surfaces should absorb sound rather than reflect it away, which wall carpet tiles can help with. Easy to install and a space saver when compared to adding drywall or a stud wall, they can also add a real-life cinema feel to the room.
  • Thick carpeted flooring and comfortable upholstered seats can also help to absorb any sound.
  • Replace any hollow door with solid wood to prevent sound from escaping this way.
  • Thick curtains or blackout blinds are a great addition to the room, helping to block out both ambient light and sound.

Choosing a good home cinema sound system for your cinema room;-

  • A high-end soundbar is a quick, easy and successful way to set up a sound system that offers cinematic sound quality. The best soundbars have the ability to bounce the sound around the room, simulating a full surround sound system, which is a great choice for rooms that don’t have a lot of space for multiple speakers.
  • If you’d prefer a full home cinema sound system, it’s important to understand what the numbers mean before you invest. A 5:1 surround sound system (which is the basic setup) represents the number of speakers included in the system. The first number is the number of standard speakers, in this case, 5, whilst the second number represents the number of subwoofers. Each speaker in the set performs a specific function and adds to the full cinematic experience.
  • The front speakers (most systems have two of these), sit on either side of your TV and split the sound between the right and left channels. They are responsible for the majority of the sound from your movie.
  • The centre speaker usually sits between the two front speakers and is responsible for projecting the dialogue.
  • Satellite speakers make up the set and are placed around the room to create the ‘surround’ effect, placing you right in the centre of the action.
  • Whichever system you choose, look for high-quality speakers that will fit comfortably in the space you have to offer to guarantee equal sound distribution and the best sound experience possible.

A high-quality, mountable TV

Home cinema room with red sofa

Choosing the right TV is the most important part of your home cinema room experience. Opt for a 4K TV with Ultra HD to guarantee amazing picture quality. Providing four times as many pixels as a standard HD 1080p TV, you’ll benefit from sharper and crisper, more realistic, clear images. The bigger the TV you choose, the more tightly packed you’ll want your pixels, for high-quality images guaranteed. Look for a TV that will mount easily to your wall for that flush, flat-screen, full cinematic experience. 

If you’re looking to future proof your cinema room, an 8K TV could also be a sensible investment. Packing in even more pixels, it’s a safe bet for a screen measuring over 65”, providing exceptional viewing quality. For improved colour depth, there’s also the option of investing in a HDR ready TV. HDR or High Dynamic Range improves the colour depth of your picture; with deeper blacks and more accurate, natural colours, it creates a more realistic cinematic experience. At the moment, there isn’t much 8K or HDR TV content readily available,  but it may be wise to invest in these things now whilst you’re planning out your home cinema ideas.

How much does it cost to make a cinema room at home?

Whatever your budget, there are ways to make a home cinema work for you, particularly if you’re willing to be flexible with your furnishings and finishing touches. For around £2000 to £3000, you can invest in a good, high-quality TV and sound system, alongside some basic essentials to get your cinema room off the ground. For a medium-sized, multipurpose room with sofa-seating, dimmable lights, an excellent TV screen and sound system, you could invest anything from £5000 to £10000, depending on the quality and amount of finishings you go for. If you’re after a luxury cinema room and you have the budget available, there’s no top-end figure or end to the possibilities you could add to your dedicated home cinema room, so why not let your imagination run wild and create the cinema room of your dreams? From luxury, reclinable seating to full soundproofing, the possibilities are endless!Start planning your home cinema room ideas today by investing in a new 4K Ultra HD TV at Ferguson TV and all of the essential accessories needed and get your cinema space off to a roaring start.

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