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Bring The Big Screen Home: Basement Home Theaters

The Ultimate Comfort and Convenience

One of the best things about renovating your basement is the opportunities you can create. You’re essentially working on a blank canvas, so the possibilities are almost limitless. For many homeowners, a dedicated space for watching movies with the family, or a fun space to watch the big game are extremely popular items to add to the value of their home.

Everyone loves going to the movies, but having that experience in the comfort of your own home is an elevated luxury that offers complete comfort and convenience. You no longer have to worry about theater concession prices or sitting through commercials. Stream new releases or your own favorites in your very own basement home theater customized to your wishes. A basement home theater has endless value.

Here are a few things to consider when adding a home theater to your basement.

Home Theater Checklist

Basements have a lot of natural advantages for theater rooms. However, there are still many factors to consider when planning your basement home theater. Some of the first things you should ask yourself when thinking about installing a home theater are:

  • How do you plan on using/what are you looking for in your home theater?
  • Is this going to be an entertainment space for family and friends?
  • How much seating will you need?
  • Is this a dedicated room or an open concept design?

Once you have those basic points narrowed down there are more logistical elements to consider to use your space to its potential.

Some more things to consider when designing your basement home theater include...

Layout and Viewing Space

One of the first things you should consider when renovating your space into a basement home theater is space. Basement home theaters can range in size and type from a cozy living room with a projection screen to a themed home theater complete with platform seating and home concession stand! Whichever theater you are looking to create, your space needs to have some thought behind it to make sure it is as functional as possible.

When choosing where you want your basement home theater other factors come into play such as lighting, bedrooms above or nearby, wiring, wifi access and speed, and so on. If you plan your layout before jumping into a prestigious project, few expectations will be let down because you already know what will and will not work out for your space. Then, you can focus on bringing your dream plans to life.


Good lighting is an essential part of having an immersive basement home theater. For the most part, basements have a lot of natural advantages such as fewer windows which makes it easier for light control, but this is not always the case.

Depending on what you’re going to use the home theater for, you may want to consider how much ambient light is coming into the space. The lighting conditions of your space can impact the placement and type of screen you use for your home basement. Standing in the area where the theater will be located at different times of the day is a great way to see if lighting will be an issue.

Sound Quality & Soundproofing

Audio is one of the most important aspects when it comes to a basement home theater. Good quality audio allows you to fully immerse into whatever movie, show, or game you chose, so it’s important to do your research to get the best audio equipment for your needs and budget.

As much as you want that total immersive experience, you also want to stay on the right side of the rest of your household and neighbors, so soundproofing your basement home theater is going to be a key issue to address. It may not be possible to fully soundproof your space, but optimizing it to reduce the amount of sound that escapes.

Are You Ready to Build?

If you are looking to build the perfect basement home theater, contact Basements & Bars! Our team of experts will work with you every step of the process to create your dream basement home theater setup to bring the movie magic right to your home.

For more information or to set up your free consultation, visit our website or call (314)-550-9160.