3 Home Theater Design Mistakes to Avoid


Make Your Entertainment Upgrade Stress-Free with These Tips

Installing a home theater isn’t as easy as it sounds. It might surprise you to learn what could go wrong when completing this home project. When things do go wrong, it doesn’t just frustrate you. It can also blow your budget as you spend extra money fixing any issues that come up. Planning ahead is the best way to make sure the home theater installation in your Richmond, VA home goes smoothly. Avoid making the following mistakes when completing your home theater design project.

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The location of your home theater is essential to its success. The shape of the room is critical. An enclosed space with four walls, preferably a rectangular room, offers the best acoustic performance. Places with lots of windows are not a good fit because they let in a lot of ambient light, affecting picture quality. Motorized blackout shades may be used to easily darken a room, however. Also, consider the noise levels of that area of your home. It isn't a good idea to install your home theater by bedrooms or other high-traffic areas of the home if anyone wants to have a late-night movie marathon.

Screen Size

Conventional wisdom states that bigger is better, but that doesn’t always apply to screen size. If the screen is too big, you will have to crane your neck to see everything, much like sitting in the front row of the cinema. You need your theater seating to be a specific distance from the screen for optimal viewing. Generally speaking, you should sit about 1.5 to 3 times the screen height measurement away from your display for widescreen cinema enjoyment. However, this measurement will depend on several factors, such as personal seating preference.


Speaking of seating, properly placing your theater chairs and chaises is more complicated than you might think. Waiting until the end of the installation could be disastrous. You need to decide seating types and arrangements in the early stages of the design process. Every seat needs to offer a proper view of the screen—especially if you’re considering traditional rows of seats for your private theater. Audio is also another critical component to consider when placing your theater seating. Every seat needs to offer a balanced experience for surround sound.


The best way to ensure your home theater design provides the best viewing and listening experience is to partner with an AV professional like Sound + Image. Whether you want to upgrade an existing media room or start a home theater project from the ground up, we’re here to assist. Give us a call at 804-741-5816 or fill out our online form to get started today. We would love to hear from you!

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