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Designing a Home Theater: Know the Details

Aug 17, 2007
Designing a home theater can be a very fun task for any home owner. But even though this can be a rewarding job, it can also be very trying at times. There are many factors that you need to take into consideration when you are designing a home theater so that you end up with a result that you are happy with.

The first thing that you will have to keep in mind when designing a home theater system is placement. From the start you will have to decide which room you want your home theater to be in. In addition to which room, you will also have to decide what part of the room is best suited for your system. Often times people have no troubles choosing a room to set up shop, but when it comes to the actual location of the system they are at a loss. When you are setting up your system, take into consideration the size of the room as well as the equipment you will be using. This will allow you to make a solid decision on where everything should be placed.

Besides the actual placement of your home theater system, you will also need to keep in mind that you are in a house. In other words, if your room is not big enough you should not put in a full size movie screen. This will only make your room overbearing, and you will end up with am unconventional setup. Make sure that you keep the size of the room in mind when you are buying your system.

Another thing to consider is the other functions the room might provide. Not everyone can dedicate a room just to the home theater and many find they have to put it in the living room or den. If your home theater room is also used for something else, you will have to take this into consideration when placing furniture and speakers. If you need to work around a desk in the den or the décor of your living room then it's best to plan this out from the beginning.

Once you have decided where you are going to put your home theater, you need to think about speaker and furniture placement. Certainly, you will want a surround sound system so you need to be able to place speakers in front left, front right, front center and slightly behind where the viewers will be seated. You may need to rearrange the room so that you can accommodate this design. Take into consideration how many speakers you will have in your system and make sure there are places to put them in the room. Also, unless you have a wireless system, you will need to think about running the wires so that they are unobtrusive.

Overall, designing a home theater system does not have to be a difficult task. If you determine where you want to put your system, and then work within the size of the room, you should not have any problems at all.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://www.home-theater.home-webzone.com where you can learn more about home theater design , equipment and décor.
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