A house is a wonderful investment for many people. It provides a roof over your head, grants you space, and ultimately allows you to express your self however you see fit. This ability to design your living space makes every inch of the house highly valuable, which is why so many people are turning to the basement for their new home remodeling project.
While there are numerous things you can do with your basement including converting it into a bedroom or second kitchen, one thing that is near the top of everyone’s list is to create a basement home theater. Whether you want to be the life of the party or just want an incredible entertainment experience without having to leave the house, you can’t go wrong with these design ideas for your home theater basement.
Before You Design
When converting the basement of your home, there are issues that need to be addressed before you get to the fun part—that is, designing your new home theater basement. Keep in mind the following issues when you work with your basement contractor.
- Consider the Acoustics:The acoustics are a key factor in building a successful basement home theater. You need the sound to be powerful and clear while viewing yet respectful of the rest of the house or your neighbors, if you share a wall or live close together. To that end, you’ll want to consider installing top-of-the-line insulation such as a Forever Wall system that actively works to keep the sound waves where they belong.
- Finalize the Layout:Where’s the TV going to be? Are you going with a projector against a wall? How are you wiring the sound? The layout of your home basement theater is extremely important—and is something you should plan before any other decisions are made. Ultimately, your decisions need to account for functionality and aesthetics to get the best experience.
- Select High-Quality Materials: Your basement theater will only be as beautiful, functional, and valuable as the materials you use to build it with. To that end, look for high-quality, premium materials that are engineered to last, and that are resistant to mold and moisture which are common problems in the basement.
- Lights Before Action: The entire point of the basement media room is to create an immersive viewing experience. Consider using recessed ceiling lights and wall sconces that can be controlled by a dimmer switch. For extra credit, consider setting up a universal remote or program your smartphone for master remote controlling of your lighting.
Personalizing Your Basement Home Theater
After you have the necessary items outlined, it’s time for the fun part. How your theater should be designed and laid out. This is when you really get to let your personality shine through, so work with an interior designer that can help you make important adjustments that will enhance the beauty and functionality of your space.
Consider what you want to accomplish with your home theater and who is going to use it. Some popular personalization options include:
- Special Seating Arrangements: Your furniture will dictate the vibe people get when they experience your home theater. For you, this means you have options ranging from classic theater seats to u-shaped, sectional sofas. If you opt to go with traditional seating, then it’s an absolute must to have built-in cup holders and/or trays. You can go the extra step by utilizing stadium-style seating. With the help of trained professionals, you can easily put in multiple rows at different levels for a more authentic theater experience.
- Invest in a Concession Stand: Similar to the idea of installing a bar, you can instead turn that area into a concession stand. Popcorn machines are pretty affordable, along with heated vending stations for hot dogs and nachos.If you prefer a more sophisticated setup, you can easily install a wet bar in place of soda fountains. Your options are limited by your creativity and budget, so have fun!
- Create an Arcade: Most movie theaters you go to have an arcade or game room available. If you have children or are simply young-at-heart, consider creating an arcade section with multiple console hookups to create a fun-filled gaming experience. Plus, you can get retro arcade games for an affordable price to add a touch of nostalgia. Don’t forget to add a pool table or dartboards to round out this section of the theater.
- Become the Party: Chances are if you’re considering building a home theater basement, you have people to invite over. Become the hero of your next party by installing a new basement kitchen so snacks or meals can be cooked or stored right where the party’s at.
Create Your Home Theater with Matrix Basement Systems
When you’re tired of waiting in line or spending money on overpriced snacks, consider converting your unused basement into an incredible home theater. Our team works with you from start to finish to deliver a home theater that meets your creativity and budget.
Ready to build your basement media room with us? Then give Matrix Basement Systems a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional basement remodeling services, or fill out our online form to schedule your free, in-home quote.