How to Build a Home Theater

It’s nice to watch football on a Sunday with a big entertainment center, surround sound, and a nice space to keep the DVD, DVD/VHS player and DVR. If you want to hook up and keep track of a lot of peripherals, you need the space and organization of a home theater and entertainment center. When you have finished, you will have a visual/audio experience that will make going to the movies a thing of the past!

Required Materials

  • Electronics of choice
  • 2×4″ stock
  • Sense wood stock (wider the better)
  • 1″ high density plywood
  • Foam
  • Fabric
  • Plush furniture
  • Firm carpeting
  • Carpentry glue
  • Level
  • Staples
  • Screws
  • Shelf pins
  • Masking tape
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Ram set for cement walls
  • Drill with full drill-bit set
  • Staple gun
  • Paper/pencil

Instructions

  1. Make the screen wall first. This will be the focus for the viewers. It will include the flat screen, electronics box, and the speakers. When constructing the screen wall, be sure to do each piece separately. Make a wooden screen platform about 25″ high with glue and carpentry screws.
  2. The same goes for the speakers that are at the screen area. Make them separate and unattached. You can add wall drapes to the back to reduce vibrations. Just staple them to make wall sections.
  3. Next, make the electronics box. Just make a big box to accommodate the electronics. On the inside area, drill holes to place shelving pins to create moveable shelves.
  4. Make sure that when you add the shelving, you make room for future electronics.
  5. We need to treat the walls now; directing and dampening the sound is what the walls will be used for. Use a concrete wall and add dense plywood with screws.
  6. Add staple foam or acoustic paneling to the plywood.
  7. Cover that with fabric by stapling it to the wall. You can be creative here and make patterns with the cloth. Theaters often layer their cloths in a decorative swag pattern. .
  8. Now we need to arrange the furniture to have each piece with a good viewing angle. You want to make sure they have no hard surfaces so you can sit and relax comfortably. You should include a table between the chairs and some bean bags to sit on the floor. Allow couches for company to come over. If you are making this a room devoted to the theater, you can add a tier system for the furniture so everyone can see clearly.
  9. If you are going to do high definition, use a projection screen, or anything very advanced like wall mounted surround sound. You should pay to have a professional install this equipment. It will look better in the long run and be under warranty.

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