In this age of “Netflix and chill”, it’s hard to redefine the importance of having a home theatre system. Not only is it an excellent addition to your home, but it’s also a great place to relax and to treat yourself to an afternoon filled with binge watching series and movies of your preference. People are often disheartened to build their home theatre systems thinking that they don’t have the space for it, or that the materials they’ll need to use will be expensive. What people don’t realise is that it’s cheap and easy to build a home theatre system as long as you think creatively and efficiently.
Dealing with your acoustics
Since we’ll mostly be dealing with equipment that can be easily accessed through your PC or laptop, we should opt to look for Bluetooth-enabled devices that can work without the hassle of attaching too many wires around the room. If you’re not one to spend a lot on speakers, there are relatively affordable models of Bluetooth speakers available that offer high-definition sound quality and are compact at the same time.
Installing a projector
As much as possible, you want to spend less of your budget by looking for alternatives. If you currently don’t have a massive flat screen TV to serve as your home theatre screen, then there are ways around it. Projectors are becoming relatively easy to buy on the market, with standard office projectors becoming cheaper and pocket portable projectors growingin popularity with commercial and business use for those who want to have their own projector to save on rental fees.
Installing a projector requires you to designate a viewing area in your room. As much as possible, it would be great to have an area which is the farthest from a natural light source to get a clear and sharp image even in the mornings.
Furnishing your room
The next step is knowing where to place your projector. Having a projector mount installed can allow you to have it hung from the ceiling or above shelves safely to maximise your room’s area. Not only can it be controlled through a VGA/HDMI cable from below, but it’ll also have ample ventilation by being mounted above.
Your viewing room can be just as plain and straightforward as your living room or bedroom, only padded to keep noise out of the place. To achieve this, you need to block any sources of light in the room with towels in spaces underneath doors. The most natural step is hanging a projector screen. The backside of a good clean white tablecloth can work as a great alternative to installing a projector screen. Once you’ve hung it, either through manually attaching it to a wall or with the help of curtain rods, you can pull it down for use.
This setup can be used in different room types, and the equipment can even be kept in a box if you want to take your home-made theatre system kit to a friend’s house.