I am not an expert installer but I did a lot of research and did things that made sense to me for my situation. Any sound transmission will take the easiest route (trunk-lines, electrical wall outlets, doors, framing, etc.. I treated the sound as it were water. I didn’t want it to flow out of, or into the room. All the wall switches or outlets were sealed with acoustical material and I used acoustical caulk on all the drywall joints and where any wood plates or studs met. I also made my own bass traps. I used Knauf 6# density Fiberglass and Roxul Mineral Wool panels, some of which I framed with poplar and wrapped in a fabric. Before I did that, the sound in the room had a lot of echo….now it’s flat and my system sounds great.
The lighting for the room is in the ceiling. I have 6 cans in the main room and 1 over the rack. The lights are operated with a remote RF (radio frequency) control. I can turn them on at the door with a light switch, and fade or turn them off at my theater seat with the controller. With a RF control, you don’t have to aim the control at the lights……just hit the button. Around my seat riser, I put a couple strings of blue led lights. I mounted them under and behind the base trim so you get a good glow on the carpet….the only thing wrong with them is that the guy that calibrated my projector said that blue wasn’t a great color when the screen picks it up so I am making some modifications.
My theater room walls and ceiling are flat grey. The screen wall and 6ft. of each side wall and ceiling are painted flat black. I found that this creates a darker screen area with less light reflection. My main and center Klipsch theater speakers are in cherry cabinets and in order to darken and remove the reflective surface, I wrapped the speakers in cotton “black out cloth”. It is used in theaters, etc. to remove any light reflection and it really works well. The carpet I chose is a dark blue/black color with stars. It isn’t a theater carpet but it fit the color scheme which is grey walls and ceiling, dark blue sound trap fabric and black theater seats.
I don’t have any heat runs in the theater room. It usually stays around 68 degrees and may warm up from the projector and body heat.
I didn’t have a floor plan or budget when I began my project. I just knew what I wanted and by doing it myself, I was able to keep the costs down. I know one thing for sure…I would never have been able to do it without the internet. Information about every facet of building a home theater is available online and sites that put people with questions together with people with answers such as AVS are extremely helpful.