Worried About The Noise? How To Soundproof Your Home Theater On A Budget

The beauty of a home theater is that you can watch your favorite movies in the way they were intended to be watched. The bad news is, this means disruptive sound may permeate other areas of your home.

Placing your home theater away from bedrooms or living areas where family members tend to congregate will help reduce the effects of leaking sound, but in some cases, you’re going to have to get creative with ways to reduce the noise.

Acoustic paneling is what theaters use to ensure no sound disrupts movies playing next door. However, these panels are often quite expensive and depending on the size of your theater’s room, may not be a reasonable option. Instead, try these four tricks to cut back on disruptive sound without needing a big budget.

  1. Place Curtains At The Door

Home theater doors can be the weakest spot for sound to escape, so cover your entries in a heavy-paneled curtain. Not only will it feel more like a theater when you walk through them but you’ll help reduce sound significantly.

  1. Hang Rugs Or Textiles

A similar technique can be used on walls either by draping heavy curtains or by placing adhesive squares of carpet or textile around your theater’s walls. If possible, hanging rugs can transform your space into a more intimate one while blocking escaping sound.

  1. Use Cork

You can also try using cork or other low-cost acoustic dampeners on your walls. Find self-adhesive cork with a significant enough depth so sound won’t be as apparent on the other side of the wall.

  1. Ask For Help

Working with a home theater installation company to customize your room’s acoustic properties is the ideal way to solve any sound problems. You won’t need to guess about where to place tiles or other items, and you’ll learn more tricks on how to improve sound control.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 

Dreaming Of A Home Theater? 5 Design Choices To Get You Started

If you have space for one, a home theater is a great way to entertain both your family and friends. You’ll get the surround sound and big picture experience of going to a theater without needing to deal with lines, worry about seats, or navigate around other people.

Another great thing about a home theater is that you can customize it to your exact style and design preferences, meaning you can fit it to the rest of your home or make it its own entertainment space. If you’ve been thinking about getting a home theater, these design choices will help you get started.

  1. Wall Murals

You can get a movie theater feel right at home without the outdated look. Consider a mural for your walls, either using the theme of cinema or something else entirely.

  1. Carpeting

A thick-pile carpet will help you dim the sound of your theater from disrupting the rest of your home. Choosing a dark color will make sure that movie watchers aren’t distracted and have a comfortable place to rest their feet.

  1. Track Lighting

You don’t want the abrupt change of turning off overhead lights to focus on a screen, so dimmable track lighting will give you enough light to get settled before the big show. Keeping your lighting on a low setting during films can also help reduce eye strain and help people get in and out as needed.

  1. Seat Risers

A home theater will be small enough to accommodate at least two or three rows of seats, but you’ll give everyone an excellent viewing experience by putting seats beyond the first row on risers. As a bonus, you can use that extra space to help dampen excess sound, or even use it for storage.

  1. Seating Areas

Get creative with space usage by making a seating arrangement instead of just traditional theater seats. A couch is a great way to lay back or cuddle with a loved one, and adding a row or two of theater seats behind this setup creates a separate area giving everyone options.

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.