Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 by Jackie Jablecki
All the winter weather has us thinking about staying in and watch movies with friends and family, not to mention Super Bowl is right around the corner! But there is only so much space in your living room and on the couch. Wouldn’t it be great to create a space where everyone can gather and watch a movie - like in your own home theater. Using the space in your basement is a great solution for a home theater.
Finishing your basement not only adds value to your home but can give you the opportunity to create additional living space for your family. And you don’t have to have a large basement to create a perfect space for movie watching. Here are some ideas to get you started designing your home theater!
Starting from square one can be tough, your first step needs to be finishing and waterproofing the space. The last thing you want is to tear out and redo your hard work because of mold and water damage. DryZone offers various basement finishing products that will help you to realize your dream and keep it dry and healthy for years to come. From floors, to walls, and windows - make sure that you are going with trusted contractor. Meeting with a qualified System Design specialist they can suggest the best products for your home.
We offer EverLast Basement Wall Panels that are superior to soft insulation wall finishing systems for basements. The construction of the EverLast wall paneling makes for a durable, solid and long-lasting solution. EverLast wall paneling is installed without the need for wooden or metal framing or studs.Wooden framing can rot and get moldy while metal framing is prone to rust and weakens the insulative quality of buildings it has been installed in. This means that heavy shelving, cabinets, large pictures, a flat-screen LCD or plasma TV, and more can easily be installed on the panels without worry or the need to search the walls for wall studs. They are made to stay beautiful for as long as possible. Damage-resistant and fiberglass free, its inorganic design means that it will not support mold or mildew growth like drywall will. And, unlike drywall, our wall panels are resistant to damage from moisture and water. Additionally, they are resistant to stains, washing easily and surfaced to be able to withstand most day-to-day wear and tear. The panels install quickly, without creating the mounds of dust and debris that drywall installation generates.
You will also need to consider the type of floor that you put in. For a home theater consider carpeted floors. They will give you the comfort and esthetics that you are looking for in designing a home theater. ThermalDry® floor tiles combine a waterproof base with beautiful finished floor surfaces. These 12-in.-square tiles assemble easily with interlocking edges. They can be installed directly on your basement’s concrete floor. Because they are tiled squares, no need to worry if a stain appears, you can easily take up the effected tile and replace it with a new one. These carpet tiles are durable and waterproof, and can be insulated to keep bare feet comfortable in the those cold winter months.
After you have the space finished it time to start adding in the details. Even in a small space you can create adequate seating by creating different levels for people to sit and view. You don’t have to spend big money to get the effect of multi-level seating. There are great DIY options or homeowners on a budget.
Stacking wood pallets and adding comfortable pillows would be a great option for a homeowner who had limited space and didn’t want the cost of buying chairs. Or if you didn’t want to construct different levels because of space, you could use bean bags on the floor with a couch or chairs to create comfy seating and one is getting their view blocked by someone else head.
No movie theater is complete without a screen and projector. There are many DIY options for homeowners who want to create a screen without buying one. Painting a wall a flat white color is a great option for a DIY homeowner on a budget. Accenting with shelving will make it a designated area for a screen. Or if you are looking for a less permanent solution building your
own screen using a flat sheet and framing is an easy option. There are great solutions for projectors and speakers, that wont break the bank. If you go to your local electronic store, they can make great suggestions.
After you have your seating and screen planned now you can concentrate on smaller details like decor. Make sure to add lots pillows and blankets for your viewers, you want all the luxuries of being at home, with the experience of being in a movie theater.
It is really easy to add a “concession stand” to your home theater. A great DIY option for a small space would be using a bar cart, and adding your favorite candy and snacks. Or you can turn shelf into a stand, adding a popcorn maker and drinks! If you have a small closet you can add a shelf inside that could act as your concession stand. Finishing off the space with theater decor is a fun way to give your views the real movie experience. You could make a custom sign or find old movie posters. Going to your local thrift store or antique store you should be able to find some great posters.
Creating your own home theater isn’t as hard as it seems. With a trusted contractor like DryZone you are able to create a space that your family will enjoy for years to come. And just image the resale value of adding a home theater to your home will bring. For additional questions contact DryZone, we will send one of our system design specialist out to inspect the home and make suggestions on how to best finish the space.