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Do I Have Space for a Home Theater System?

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A Custom Installation Boosts Your Home's Entertainment and Value

The allure of a home theater system is undeniable, with high-definition visuals and surround sound enveloping you as you recline in plush seating, all within the comfort of your own home. It is a perfect place to escape from the day-to-day to watch a movie. But many homeowners in Vancouver, WA, and surrounding areas still wonder if a theater would work for them. 

Do they have enough space to accommodate such a lavish setup? Will this significant investment add value to the property in the long run if they decide to sell? This blog addresses key requirements, adaptable solutions for different spaces, and all the potential benefits. 

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The Typical Requirements for Dedicated Home Theaters

For a dedicated theater, the room should be at least 15 x 20 feet to accommodate the screen, seating, and audio equipment. Additionally, you should avoid square rooms or high ceilings likely to cause more audio reverberations. The room needs to be large enough to fit a comprehensive Dolby Atmos system, as these often require over 15 speakers, including overhead ones. You also need room in the walls and ceiling for electrical, AV, and networking wiring. 

Screen size will dictate your room requirements as well. The issue is not necessarily making sure the screen will fit on the wall, but that you’ll be able to sit far enough away from it to watch comfortably. The general room of thumb is the viewing distance should be 1.5x the screen width. So, for a 100” screen, you’d need to sit 12 feet away at least. 

The Versatility of Our Home Theater Setups

Are you daunted by the space requirements for a dedicated home theater? You're not alone. But here's the good news: technological advancements have made it possible to enjoy a cinematic experience in smaller multi-functional spaces.

Unlike traditional projectors that require a considerable distance between the device and the screen, ultra-short-throw projectors are placed just a few inches away from the wall. Despite their compact size, these projectors project large, clear images, guaranteeing you maintain the quality of your viewing experience.

Complementing the ultra-short-throw projector is the motorized, retractable screen. These screens are discreetly mounted on the ceiling or wall and pulled down when needed, transforming any room into a home theater in seconds. When not in use, the screen retracts, freeing up wall space and maintaining the room's aesthetic appeal. 

Meanwhile, in-ceiling and in-wall speakers offer a way to maintain high-quality sound without cluttering your floor space. These speakers blend seamlessly with your interior décor, making them virtually invisible while delivering crisp, clear sound quality. 

Why You Should Commit to a Home Theater

Installing a home theater system is not just about enhancing your entertainment options; it's also an investment in your lifestyle and property. Whether watching a new release, enjoying a classic film, or streaming a sporting event, the experience is elevated when you have a dedicated space with high-quality audio and visuals. 

But what about the value of your home? Real estate experts say the best home theater systems increase your property's value by up to 5%. It's a feature that stands out in listings and appeals to potential buyers, especially those in the luxury market who consider a home theater a valuable addition.


While space and technical requirements may seem daunting, we'll tailor our solutions to your home's limitations. To get started, give us a call or fill out our contact form.

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