Are you looking for a better way to make use of the space in your basement? When you’re looking to finish your basement, you may consider creating a multipurpose entertainment room. One of the main functions of such a room should be a home theater. Here are some tips to create the best home theater in your basement for your family to enjoy.
Necessities for a Home Theater
If you have a smaller home, making a spot in the basement for a home theater perfect for your family. Having a comfortable spot to enjoy movies and video gaming is especially great for entertaining friends and other guests.
The bare necessities for a basement home theater include a flat screen TV, a solid home sound system, entertainment equipment, and comfortable chairs and/or sofas. You could take a step further and have a refrigerator. Also, installing a half bath in the basement will make necessary bathroom breaks take far less time and much more convenient.
Maximize the Function of Your Home Theater Space
When not being used for your home theater, the space can also serve as a game room or den. You can set up your music equipment, gaming consoles, and perhaps even pool tables or pinball machines. You could also have a fold out table with folding chairs to give you an area to play card and board games. Also, you may want to create a reading nook for avid readers, complete with a charging station for phones and tablets. Make sure you have proper storage for all of these item.
Home theaters can also double as a playroom. You’ll want to have storage for kids toys and perhaps a smaller TV to enjoy their own programs. This helps you keep the young ones entertained while you watch movies that they may not be interested in.
What else should you do to create the best home theater? Properly soundproofing the walls and installing acoustic ceilings will give the best sound quality and minimal infiltration of sound into the rest of the house.
Carpet for Comfort or Vinyl for Durability?
Another important question you may have is what to do for flooring. Concrete floors are usually fine for basements, but in a home theater you may be considering something else. Carpet is a popular option for comfort reasons. However, some people instead consider vinyl flooring for better durability and easier cleaning.
Concrete is also durable and relatively easy to clean, but vinyl is a more comfortable surface to walk on than concrete. Also, vinyl comes in just about every imaginable pattern and is available in rolls, planks, or tiles. Concrete can be stained as well, but can get very cold to walk on.
Keeping these things in mind, you are well on your way to creating the best home theater for your family. Even if you have a larger home, having the basement space makes for a more dedicated space you, your family, and friends can enjoy for years to come.