Do you find yourself staying at home a lot more often than before?  More than likely, your answer to that question is yes.  Given what’s been going on in the world, many of us are feeling a little safer at home in our own little bubbles of sanitation.

However, some experiences feel like they can’t be replicated in our house.  One of these is going to a movie theater.  The huge screen, the seats, the buttery popcorn and the soft drinks – it’s hard to capture that same feeling.  However, if you continue reading, I’ll give you some tips on how to design a cinema experience of your own!

Establish Your Goals

Step one: figure out what you want from a room like this.  Are you looking for a perfect recreation, or are you feeling a bit more experimental?  There are plenty of design ideas out there to help you get inspired if you’re uncertain.  

Think about what you go to a public theater to enjoy.  Is it the large screen?  If so, that should be your priority for your private space.  Maybe it’s the lighting style – try to incorporate that then!

Even if you go for the refreshments, you can get something like a popcorn maker or other fun appliance.  Make sure you plan and stock up on your soda of choice if that’s your thing – you can even repurpose some plastic cups to mimic the appearance.  These are just a few things you can consider as you approach designing this space.

Measure, Measure, Measure!


Before you go rushing out to the store or browse the internet for selections, you should figure out how much room you have.  You’ll need to measure the space where you intend to create your cinema.  One thing I like to do is sketch out a floorplan on a piece of paper, so that I can pencil in potential furniture choices as well.

Once you have your base, you can build upon it.  Now you can feel free to browse things like Watson’s best home theater seating without fear of getting items that won’t fit!  When you do pick out a larger one, that’s the time to add it to your plan.

Look at the measurements or ask about them if you go to an in-person store.  Most online outlets have that information available on their listings.  Make a note of that when you draw in your furniture.  This can help you set a clear goal for how you want to set everything up when it arrives.

Choose Furniture that Fits Your Vibe

This is easier said than done.  How can we even define this?  I would first look at the rest of your home.  What sort of colors are you drawn to?  Are there any specific patterns?

This can serve as an excellent basis for the items you choose for this room as well.  Of course, there are some principles to a theater that you may want to follow for practical reasons.  Usually, the room should be dark.  This is to help with visibility of the screen.

A fun touch could be installing lights into the floor, or on the walls, instead of on the ceiling.  Having a dimming option is another way you could mimic the experience.  Something else to keep in mind is that you will probably want to soundproof the walls.  This isn’t just for your benefit, but for everyone else in your household as well.

When you are selecting your seating, some of the usual colors might be red or blue.  However, since this is your own personal space, you can get as creative as you want!  Cream colored, black, or even pink if that’s more your style – it’s all up to you.  Just ensure that you will be happy with the comfort levels and other amenities of them as well.

You should also decide whether a wall-mounted television is right for you, or if an entertainment center is more your speed.  There are pros and cons to each.  For those of us concerned about children being able to knock things over, securely wall-mounting a screen might be for the best.

Get Started!

Now that you have all of this in mind, you can begin the renovation.  If you still need additional inspiration, you may want to look on this page: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/designers-living-rooms-jacques-grange-richard-shapiro-paris-malibu-slideshow.  It can be hard to start, but once you get into the swing of things, you will find it’s a rewarding experience.

Paint your walls, install a new carpet, place all your furniture and other accessories.  Once everything is finished, you’ll be able to enjoy an awesome experience that is totally catered to you and your family.  Throw a get together, invite friends – have fun with your home theater!  Don’t forget what all this work was for!