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The Key to a Great Dedicated Home Theater Design

Interior Designers and AV Experts Need to Work Together

The Key to a Great Dedicated Home Theater Design

Let’s talk about dedicated home theaters. Specifically, let’s talk about home theater design and the work that goes into creating a cinema that immerses you in ambiance as soon as you walk in the door.

Going from a standard theater system to a fully themed, immersive cinema is a process that involves the input and collaboration of a lot of different people – the homeowner, theater installer, interior designer, etc. And one of the biggest mistakes people can make when adding a theater to their Seattle, Washington home is to wait until after the installation is completed to decorate it. Keep reading to learn why that matters and how we avoid that mistake with our approach to theater design and installation.

Why Not Decorate After Installation?

To answer that question, we need to talk about what goes on during the installation process. Transforming a room into a private cinema is not as simple as mounting a projector and screen, throwing in some chairs, and calling it a day. It’s a strategic process of choosing the perfect screen size, seat placement, speaker positioning, location of acoustic panels, and more.

There’s a science to setting up theaters so that every single person in the room has a clear view of the screen and pure, immersive surround sound. If a theater seat is off by a few inches, for example, the sound waves from one of the surround sound speakers could be unable to reach the person watching the movie. It’s a subtle thing, but it’s what separates a DIY, basic cinema setup from a professional system.

What Can Go Wrong:

So after every element of the theater is installed with exact positioning, what can happen is an interior designer then comes in and starts adding themed décor. Perhaps the theater has a nature theme, with a twinkling sky ceiling and faux grass carpet. To help with the overall ambiance, a designer might add some plants throughout the space.

The result will be a room that looks amazing but has less than stellar acoustics. Those decorative plants will block the surround sound speakers, turning the immersive audio into just a basic speaker setup.

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How to Do It Right

We’re not here to squash your dreams of a decked out, fully themed cinema. Instead, we want to make those dreams come true while also ensuring that the theater’s audio and visuals have the best performance possible.

That’s why our approach is to collaborate with interior designers right from the beginning. If your dedicated home theater installer knows the theme and planned décor at the start of the project, they can incorporate that décor into their acoustic designs.

Beyond Hi-Fi works with interior design firms throughout Seattle, Bellevue, and the greater Washington area for all sorts of home technology projects. If you are a homeowner seeking more information about adding a dedicated home theater to your property or an interior designer who would like to learn more about collaborating with our team, please call us at (425) 998-8008 or fill out our brief contact form here.