Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Tips to Achieving a Truly Successful Home Theater Installation


A successful home theater is about far more than having the latest 4K Ultra HD projector or the right seats to fit the theater theme. In order to create a theater that immerses the viewer in each film, it all starts with the architect.

Size, shape, layout…the initial plans of a home theater lay the groundwork for the final product. So if you’re an architect in the Chicago, Illinois area, we invite you to read over these tricks of the trade to make your next home theater installation a success.


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Soundproofing Isn’t Optional

Soundproofing is often an afterthought, something that’s addressed after the initial build of the theater is complete. But it’s so very important. A properly soundproofed room makes for a great theater, while a poorly soundproofed room is a theater that will seldom be used.

For proper soundproofing, you must decouple the room. Only by decoupling the walls can you achieve the level of soundproofing needed for a dedicated home cinema.


Calculate Dimensions Based on Chairs

We’ve seen it many times: after the theater room is built, the homeowners find out that it can’t accommodate the number of chairs they were planning on. Theater seating is far more complex than a standard living room or dining room. Each chair must be strategically placed to provide an ideal viewing and listening experience.

It’s best to decide on the type of theater seating and number of desired seats before the room is planned out. That way, the dimensions and layout can be defined with that information in mind. Your home theater installation company will be able to provide guidance on what length, width, and height will be needed based on the seating arrangement.


Leave Room Behind the Screen

Speakers are something else that is very strategically placed throughout the room. In many cases, the home cinema might utilize an acoustically transparent screen that allows sound to travel through it to the viewers. If that type is screen is needed, the architect should design some buffer space behind the screen to accommodate speakers and subwoofers. Check with your home theater installation company prior to developing the designs to see if space behind the screen will be needed.


You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

A private home cinema is an incredibly complex project with many moving parts. Fortunately, architects don’t have to be on top of each facet of home theater construction. Instead, you can leave it to the experts. We’ve worked with many architects and builders throughout Illinois to craft incredibly home theaters.


To learn more about our process for collaborating on home cinema and smart technology projects, contact us today at 312-879-9990 or schedule a visit to our design center.