If you want to recreate the atmosphere of actually being at the game, maybe the Super Bowl or the NBA Playoffs, while watching it on screen at home, then you need a customized cinema to complete the experience. Here are a few tips on what to include when planning your ideal sports viewing den.
Let’s start with the things that will provide you with the ultimate viewing experience. Your screen size, for example, may have to take account of the size of the space you’re using: a large 60-inch television screen may be too overwhelming in a smaller sports den. If so, move to a 36 to 42-inch screen and mount it on a wall to save floor space. A high quality television is important if you want to achieve great picture quality.
If you’re lucky enough to have a larger space available for your home cinema, you may want to consider a projector that will help you to go beyond the limitations of TV screens. These are available in a range of models – some of which are designed specifically for home cinemas. You can choose whether or not to use a projector screen instead of a TV.
Sound quality is an essential part of your home cinema set up, and surround sound is the way to go for the full experience. If you have a good sound system, then speaker quality is less of an issue – you could even opt for small wireless speakers if space is a problem. Cabling between the different components in your home cinema is relatively easy and straightforward, as HDMI is pretty universal.
A lot of people use basements for their home cinema space because these are naturally dark environments. However, you can use any available room as long as you control the lighting and can achieve blackout conditions. Wooden window shutters make really great blackout shutters, and if you get the louvered variety, you can open up the room to daylight when needed. Organizing low- level lighting by using lamps where you can easily find them will help you to transition from broad daylight to screening mode without unexpected glare. Some people opt for remote control lighting using smart bulbs, which will dim and then brighten according to the command given.
As with gaming, seating for a sports cinema can contribute a lot to your level of comfort. In small spaces, you may manage with several large chairs and a smaller sofa. If you want to be able to convert large chairs and small sofas into sleeping areas, this will make your den more multifunctional. Classic designs for home cinemas also include a sectional sofa so that you can make the best use of available space.
Finally, if you have snacks and drinks on hand, for example in a small refrigerator, you won’t need to make endless trips to the kitchen and risk missing a vital throw or basket. Take all the above into consideration when planning your own private screening room and you’ll be viewing sports games in the comfort of your own home in no time. It’s sure to be a big hit with friends as well.
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