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A home that has a space for everyone to relax, gather and enjoy together is everyone’s goal. Some do so through dedicated game rooms and others have comfortable living rooms lined with seating for all. One emerging trend is the home theater, where families can come together and enjoy the latest movie release, all without a trip to the theater.
But how do you know when it’s time to invest in a home theater? You can do a complete remodel of your space, or transform your room one piece at a time. If you’ve been thinking about creating a home theater to enjoy, here’s a few signs that now just might be the time to make the switch.
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1. You’re Aware Of The Investment
While you’re ready to start entertaining, it’s best to budget out your home theater project before you begin. If you’re in need of a completely new set up, you’ll have to factor in the cost of a new TV and other movie watching materials. The average cost to install home theater wiring and components is $355. This can increase depending on the size of your room and the components required.
2. Your TV Is An Older Model
Does your TV still use a dial to change channels? Or is it a big box that acts as a shelf rather than entertainment? It might be time to upgrade your TV to one that’s fit for a home theater. If you’re looking to outfit your home theater with a new model, try a flat screen HD or LED TV. Curved screen televisions are also a unique innovation for home theaters. If you’re looking for more tips on how you can upgrade your TV, read How To Select The Best TV For Your Home.
If you’re looking for an even bigger screen size, you may want to consider investing in a home theater projector. Though remember, you’ll need a clean, white surface to project the image on. If you have the available space, a projector will give this space the theater-like feel. Also, consider how you’ll show your movies. Be sure your internet connection is up to speed if you’re streaming, or you have the latest in DVD player technology.
3. You’re Ready To Turn Up The Volume
Having the best technology to get the best picture possible is one component of a great home theater, but having spectacular sounding movies is the other part. If you’re ready for a sound system upgrade, it may be time for you to upgrade your space to a home theater. One reason, is so your movie sound can stay in one dedicated space and not throughout the entire home. Before you turn up the volume, ensure that the room is soundproofed, so you and your guests can enjoy the movie, and not children or neighbors that may be asleep.
Next, you need to find the sound system that’s right for you. Surround sound will make you feel like you’re actually in the movie you’re watching, so consider it a worthwhile investment. The average cost to install a home theater surround sound system is $992.
4. You're In Need Of A Comfortable Space
If you’re living room is desperately in need of an upgrade in seating to fit all, it may be time to upgrade to a home theater. Theater seating is a necessity in any home theater, allowing you and your guests to kick back and relax while you enjoy the movie. Finding the perfect seats can even make it much better than going to a movie theater. Sofas or individual chairs that recline are a great choice. On average, home theater seating costs between $1,000 and $3,000. Don’t forget the cup holders, small side tables or other movie theater accessories to ensure everyone is fully enjoying themselves.
5. You’re Ready To Host
With a home theater, you’ll likely to be the spot everyone wants to gather. If you’re ready to host fun and entertaining gatherings, you’re ready to upgrade to a home theater. Always be ready for the next movie marathon by installing blackout curtains so you can watch any time of day. Consider including a mini-fridge or small bar for easy access to beverages while you watch. If you really want to get the theater feel, invest in a popcorn machine to have a freshly-popped snack during your showing.
Whatever the reasoning, a home theater is a great upgrade that will entertain friends and family for years to come. Enjoy your favorite flick comfortably in your new home theater.
Not ready to invest in a home theater? Read 5 Ways To Upgrade Your TV Room for a few tips on how you can enhance your viewing experience at home.