Creating a Home Theatre

04 Oct Creating a Home Theatre

Nothing says luxury like than having your own home theatre. Most of us do not have a dedicated room large enough nor positioned far enough away from sleeping quarters to have such a luxury.  For those who do have such a space, building a home theatre need not be a huge expense. With a few simple modifications, almost any room can be transformed into your own private cinema.

Tip 1. Wire the media room for sound

Four walls and a door are really the best infrastructure for your home theatre. A fully enclosed room gives the best sound without disturbing others either in the house or neighbouring homes.  This set up allows you to crank up the volume, resulting in a powerful sound effect. Position speakers correctly to minimise distortion and hear all the subtleties of a live performance or movie sound effects.

Tip 2. The perfect room shape

Shapes influences how sound moves around the room. Rooms that are square or twice as long as they are wide can create a muddy sound. The perfect room is about 1½ times as long as it is as wide, with the screen and speakers against a short wall.


Tip 3: Choose the right screen size

Aim for the right ratio of screen to room size.  Don’t fall into the trap of purchasing a big screen for a small room. The ideal eye-to-screen distance is about three times the screen size (measured diagonally).

Tip 4. Centralise your home theatre seating

You don’t just need adequate seating space; you actually need it in front of the screen. An onscreen image is sharpest when viewed straight on. The farther you move off centre, the dimmer it gets. Most screens present a good picture within 60-90 degrees.


Tip 5. Soft furnishings

When furnishing, keep lighting and sound in mind.  For a vibrant picture, avoid reflective surfaces like mirrors. For better acoustics, choose soft furnishings that absorb sound, not hard surfaces that reflect it such as leather or polished floor tiles.

Tip 6. Cover hard floors

Wall to wall carpeting is ideal but a large rug over hard flooring is almost as good. Heavy fabric wallpaper or wall hangings are an improvement over bare walls. A bookshelf against a wall is also effective.


Tip 7. Block out light

Heavy curtains that cover the windows in your home theatre room completely are best. Blinds and shutters sometime allow shafts of light in. Choose dark colours for walls, carpet and other furnishings.

8. Reduce reflections

For picture clarity of your home cinema (and less eye strain), avoid reflective surfaces in the room, especially mirrors, picture glass, glass tabletops or cabinet doors. Even paint sheen has a noticeable effect. Choose flat or semi-gloss instead of satin or gloss.

Source: information has been sourced from Handyman Magazine.


Call in the professionals

If you find the whole process more than you can deal with, let us help you. At North Shore Interiors we can put together a team that is best suited to your individual needs. All you need do is email us at

About Linda Delaney and North Shore Interiors

Linda Delaney is the owner and manager of North Shore Interiors, a company that provides interior design, decorating, styling and project management services to Sydney’s lower north shore and greater Sydney metropolitan area.

Linda has been seen in Habitus, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and Money magazines. She is also a regular contributor for leading Australian interior design publications, Home Design and the annual Design & Decoration. Watch out for more of Linda’s work featured in the media.

Contact Linda at or on 0432 716 558.