10 Jul 2018

Picking the right design for your home cinema


When it comes to picking a design for your home cinema many people may not know where to start. It may seem like a daunting task and the more research you do, the more options you may be presented with, but there are many professionals that can help with this. Here, Desmond & Sons provides its tips for designing the perfect cinema room in your self-build.


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In recent years, cinemas within the home have increased significantly in popularity along with the extent of works involved in creating the perfect home cinemas. Home cinemas are so much more that just a room with surround sound and a projector. They are now centred around providing the perfect viewing experience as well as the perfect listening environment, with the introduction of acoustic treatments, all whilst creating a room of pure luxury.

Acoustics are playing a vital role in the evolution of the home cinema industry. The industry is becoming more aware and knowledgeable on the subject and this is being passed on to the end consumer. Many potential home cinema owners are willing to spend a small percentage of the equipment cost to get their room to the optimal listening environment – getting the most out of their system.

With this is mind, there are even more things to consider when planning a home cinema. With the help of a home cinema specialist, there are a plethora of decisions you’ll need to make. Would you like speakers surface-mounted or in-wall, will you be having an acoustic treatment fitted? Or, if the space permits, you may wish for walls to be built out to accommodate speakers and an acoustic treatment. You can really alter the design, however, you want to create an amazing space as you are effectively working with a blank canvas. You may want to have a flat ceiling, a stepped ceiling, a coffered ceiling or even introduce a bulkhead. You can have flat walls, sawtooth sections, the choices are endless and plentiful.

Not only are there choices with the room structure, but also the finishes. A great way to finish home cinema rooms is the introduction of fabric walls. Fabric walls can give your room a luxurious look and feel and really help give the sense of bringing the big screen to your home. Fabric walls not only look great, but are widely used in cinemas for acoustic purposes. Acoustic treatment and speakers, if desired, can be fitted behind a stretched fabric finish. This can give the room a crisp, neat finish without the use of too many reflective surfaces. Acoustically transparent fabrics can be used so soundwaves travel through the fabric to the treatment behind.

Fabrics that are suitable for walling come in a vast array of colours and textures, so it can be difficult to narrow down your choice. There are companies that can help by providing suitable samples. If you are considering installing a home cinema, then there are many installers located all over the UK that will be more than happy to help. You can arrange a meeting to discuss all aspects of your room from start to finish. You may also wish to engage with an interior designer to help with the design.

Any experienced home cinema installer will be able to give a great deal of input in regard to design ideas so don’t worry if you are not sure what you want. Once decisions have been finalised, let the experts do their thing and enjoy your luxury home cinema room.

Further information....


• Decide if the room will be a dedicated home cinema room or if it needs to be doubled-up for another use.
• View home cinema specialist’s portfolios and social media pages to get an idea of your likes and dislikes.
• Contact home cinema specialists and arrange to view their demo facility.
• Decide if you have enough space to build out walls. If so, decide if you are willing to spend a small percentage of your equipment cost to acoustically treat the room to get the most out of your system.
• Arrange a meeting with a home cinema specialist to discuss your ideas and options.
• Discuss your room layout with your installer and any special details you would like to add.
• Discuss your room finishes with your installer. If fabric walls are required, then they can contact a specialist and arrange to get samples sent to help with your decisions.

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