What could be more perfect than getting to enjoy the comforts of an in-home theater? Once you throw in the popcorn and your favorite classic flick, all bets are off—but where do you start in planning the perfect home theater, from your furniture to your home theater cooling system? Here are a few tips to help ensure you make the most of your plans and your budget.

Room Design

All other details will be dependent upon the room you choose for your home theater. The size of this room will impact the size of the video you need, where your sound system will go, and more. You want to take inventory of how much ambient light is in the room, whether or not it’s carpeted, and how much construction you may need to do to prepare. Ambient light can fade or wash out televisions or projector images, so having a room with minimal windows or with good curtain coverage is essential to creating that dark theater experience no matter the time of day. Also, flooring will influence sounds. Hard flooring has more of an echo, while carpet absorbs any extra noise—hence carpet being a better option for your flooring.

Visuals and Sounds

The options only grow once you choose your room and start to consider your AV equipment. Do you want to go with a projector for your movies, or would a flatscreen be more your speed? The room’s size will inform how large a screen or how wide a projector space you can provide. Then there’s the audio equipment to consider. You want surround sound, right? Well, do you want to use either a home theater receiver or a pre-amplifier/amplifier combination to manage these controls? The options are, once again, dependent upon the room shape, size, and your preferences.

Cooling System

An essential part of managing your AV and projector equipment is to have the right kind of home theater cooling system. An AV cooling cabinet can provide you a concise location to store the controls for all of your electronic equipment within your home theater in a compact way that protects this audio equipment from damage caused by unwanted temperature fluctuations. These fluctuations can come from overuse or from contaminants in the air that might damage parts and shorten the lifespan of your electronics. A cooling cabinet is easy to overlook, but very important.


What are your furniture options? Are cushy recliner leather seats your idea of the ultimate home theater? Or perhaps you’d like to provide a couch option? Another set of considerations in the décor involve how you’re going to store your movies. What types of cabinets do you want to incorporate into your system—or do you want them in a separate room? Then there’s the finishing touches of favorite movie posters, and where to hang them along the walls as the cherry on top.

Building the perfect home theater system isn’t impossible. With the right planning, and incorporating a home theater cooling system and other planning measures, you can build the perfect home theater that you, your family, and friends can enjoy over and over again.