In a few simple steps, a basement can be made home theater-friendly. Finishing your basement improves the value of your home. Adding a home theater system to this room creates an enjoyable multimedia escape. Whether you are selling your house or just want to improve it, consider adding a home theater system to the basement.
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Step 1: Inspect the area to ensure that it is acoustically accommodating. If the floor or any walls are made of concrete, base absorption must be added. Concrete is difficult on low-bass frequencies. Raising the floor and performing some acoustic treatments on it should be helpful. Use some drywall construction and insulation techniques on the floor to soften the walls. One effective technique is to hang two layers of drywall, with each layer having a different thickness.
Step 2: Determine the home theater layout using paper and pencil, beginning with where to place the large viewing screen. Establishing a rear entrance to the area creates an impressive entryway and provides less interference with projected images. A sample layout involves a separate, smaller room for A/V storage, pocket doors leading to the home theater room, an area in the back of the room for media storage, and a big screen in the center of the front of the room.
Step 3: Room size is an important consideration when creating a home theater. The dimensions of the room affect resonance, which may cause certain frequencies of sound to be too soft or too loud. To minimize room resonance, the room dimensions should not be even or divisible of each other. As an example, if the room dimension is 10×10 feet, break this dimension up by moving in a wall at least six inches. This should prevent the bass frequencies from resonating within the room, which can create a booming sound.