With movie tickets becoming more and more expensive and DVD release dates scheduled for not long after films hits cinemas, there are more reasons than ever to forgo a trip to the picture house and relax at home with friends and family instead.
Technology is quickly developing and life is becoming one step closer to The Jetsons each day. With a wealth of modern technology at our fingertips, it’s now possible to create a cinematic experience in your very own home!
The first consideration should be the kind of space you want to create. Will you dedicate a whole room to the cinema or will you incorporate it into your living room? A dedicated room is obviously the most ideal option, however not everyone has the luxury of extra space.
You can also create a convertible room which allows the area to have other functions when home screenings are not taking place. You should also consider the dimensions of the space you have to work with as this will affect the size of the screen as well as the acoustics of the sound system.
The next consideration should be deciding what kind of screen to use. Will you purchase a TV or a projector? If you choose to use a TV, how big should it be? Will it be LCD or LED? Will you go for a 3D TV or a model with a built in DVD player? Ultra HD TVs from Toshiba have incredibly sharp resolution and picture quality that makes it feel as though you are in the movie instead of watching it!
The next important consideration should be the sound system. Are you happy to use the speakers from your TV or do you want to create a more cinematic experience with surround sound?
Think about where you would place your speakers and how many you would need for the optimum effect. Maybe getting a wireless Soundbar from Amazon could be an affordable solution to enhancing your TV experience.
Another factor is the size of your movie collection. This impacts how you choose to store your DVDs and CDs. Will they be on a hard drive or do you prefer the old school DVD shelf display which allows you to browse your collection as you would books on a shelf?
Lighting is also an important factor. The movie theatre is always blacked out for an enhanced viewing experience so make sure you consider the lighting in your own space. You may want to think about installing black out blinds or heavy curtains for a more authentic cinema feel.
Your comfort during your home screenings is also important. Will you splash out for cinema style reclining seats with cup holders or are you happy to watch from the sofa?
Obviously, your budget comes into play when considering all of these factors. You could spend a fortune and have a full on home cinema like something out of Cribs, though not everyone can afford this superstar standard!
However, with some careful planning and a realistic budget about what you can afford, everyone can create a fantastic home cinema!