Here is my modest, mostly complete, home theater build. I think I'm finally at a point that I'm satisfied with it, given the constraints of the room situation.
My wife is in the Army and we recently moved into a new rental house (mostly because we're only going to be here for the next two years). The owners were nice enough to let us paint and do what we like to the house, but major renovation/investment just wasn't worth the investment considering the time we'll be here.
Anyway, on to the "theater": The basement had a room that the owners had used as a TV room with a sectional and a desk and such. I've always wanted a home theater, so I decided to make one.
The first problem I ran into was lighting control. The house is a bi-level and the stairs going to the basement are right at the front door with huge windows (that catch all the evening sun). No door at the bottom of the stairs, so I put up retractable curtain track at the bottom (like what you'd find in a hospital room to separate patients). Also put up curtain rods and matching ceiling to floor curtains to cover a window and a door to the back patio.
View from the top of the stairs:
From the bottom of the stairs:
The screen and front speakers:
The snack area (popcorn machine, drinks, snacks, etc)
I found some lamps at Target that I could put stuff in. Air popped some popcorn and filled them up.
The couch and projector (with some Buttckicker LFEs bolted to the couch frame)
Here are the retractable curtains for light control
and the remote that controls everything:
You can't really see it in the pictures, but I'm still waiting on the remaining black tiles to finish the ceiling. They should be here this week.
My wife and son love watching movies down here!
Projector: Epson 8350
Screen: Elite Screens 110" Sable
Speakers: Pioner Andrew Jones (7.1)
Receiver: Onkyo NR616
Remote: Harmony One
- Mac Mini running iTunes, EyeTV, and Plex with 6TB storage and 6TB backup
- Buttkicker LFEs w/ Buttkicker amp
- remote controlled lighting for the popcorn lamps
- LED wall sconces
- popcorn machine
- constantly stocked refreshments
Seating from the screen is about 12 foot.
If I had it to do over again with the same room, the only thing I can think of to change would be the seating. I'd probably go for recliners, if just to have cup holders in the arm rests instead of only on the end tables.
Any suggestions on things to change or something else that would go well in this room is greatly appreciated.