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4 Tips for Building a Home Theater

by Hickerson Brothers on June 14, 2018

Looking to build a home theater? Before you start the project, there are a few tips we recommend you follow. Home theaters are a great way to bring the cinema experience to your home. But achieving this experience can be tricky if you don’t assess certain components before installation. By following these tips, you’re helping to ensure your home theater is designed for maximum comfort.

The experts at Hickerson Brothers would like to advise Catlett homeowners with 4 tips for building a home theater. Follow our guide below to help make your home heater a valuable part of your home!

1. Consider Room Size Before Buying Home Theater Items

Unfortunately, home theaters aren’t a “one size fits all” home improvement. While a larger room may be able to hold the TV, projector, recliners, speakers, and shelves you plan on having, a smaller room could become cluttered and uncomfortable.

Therefore, it’s important to understand your room size before buying the parts to your home theater. This will help you choose home theater products that are best sized for the room, as well as determining how many items can fill the room comfortably.

2. Position Home Theater Items Properly

When you have your home theater components, your next objective is to ensure they’re placed properly. Positioning plays an important role in your home theater, especially when it comes to lighting, TV, and chair placement. Below are some tips regarding home theater positioning:

  • Opt for recessed lighting or wall scones for home theaters. These types of lighting fixtures can provide just enough brightness without causing glare on the television screen.
  • Place weather stripping on the bottom of your home theater’s door to avoid light entering in from other rooms.
  • If your home theater has windows, use insulated, dark-colored curtains to block out sunlight.
  • Position a couch enough distance away from the TV or projector screen to help avoid both eye straining and bending your neck to see the screen.
  • Position the TV or projector screen low enough to also help avoid uncomfortable viewing position. If you can angle your TV, have it about 30-40 degrees for better viewing pleasure.

3. Avoid Going Over/Under Budget for Home Theater

As with any home improvement project, staying within a set budget is always recommended. Therefore, you’ll want to avoid overspending on your home theater. Only buy the parts you need, and don’t indulge in any “limited time” offers that weren’t part of your initial buying list.

However, we wouldn’t recommend purchasing inexpensive off-brands with low quality ratings. Not only will you end up with an inadequate system – it may experience more malfunctions, which could cost more than your budget to repair or replace.

4. Utilize Surge Protection for Home Theater

Unfortunately, home theaters are very vulnerable to power surges. With more electrical components attached to your electrical system, a power surge has a higher chance of damaging your home theater. To combat this, you’ll need to have some form of surge protection.

There are two ways this can be done. One way is by simply purchasing multiple surge protectors that connect directly to your outlets. While this does provide some protection and is cheaper, this also runs the risk of an electrical overload, due to more devices being connected to one circuit.

The other option is to install whole home surge protection. As its name suggests, this upgrades your electrical system to provide surge protection for your entire home, including your home theater. Contact Hickerson Brothers for surge protection services.

Help treat your home with a high-quality home theater by following these tips! And contact Hickerson Brothers to have your home theater installed and surge protected by Catlett’s leading experts. Give us a call at 703-594-3913 to schedule an appointment today!

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