How to Build a Family Cinema

by HX LEE on July 26, 2018

How to Build a Family Cinema

Change is inevitable and it all boils down to technology.  Everything around us is now revolving around it. The way we eat, the way we travel, basically, the way we do everything. It has pretty much infiltrated our social life, even to the basic core of our living, the family unit.
Gone are the days when families used to wait all week just to go to the cinema to watch movies on a big screen. Ever since projectors came out, there has been a growing popularity of new customers purchasing their own projectors for a private theatre experience.
Home theatre projectors are now cheaper than ever and their huge images can deliver visual impact that makes your television look cheaper. It can be an excellent, performing HD projector for a price less than a decent 50-inch TV.
A video projector best buying can make movie nights truly breathtaking and video games larger than life. So what do you need and how do you build your own Home Theatre System?
It takes a lot to bring a cinematic experience into life. So what are the steps to take when creating one?


A great location for a home theater projector is where there is a minimum interruption from the rest of the business of the house. Preferably, it should not be in the living room or near the kitchen because ideally, a good cinema needs good surround sound.
Depending on the size of space you have, an ideal home theater should be 20 feet long by 13 feet wide. A great location would be building a theater wing off the family room, converting a spare room to use your projector screen or using your basement.

  Framing and Insulation

Before you install your home theater, for the perfect theater experience, you need a room that lets minimal sound outside. An insulated room with a rating of R30 is the recommended type. Owing to the fact that most modern homes now are made of dry walls, unlike older homes made of plaster walls, both these materials are not suitable for a quality home theater projector experience.

R11 materials are good for insulation as it is more flexible, easy to install and comes recommended for interior walls or any area that needs high-quality insulation.


  Wiring the Surround Sound System

Once you ensure that there will be minimum sound coming out of the room, the next step is to figure out how to wire the surround sound system. Using a 7.1 surround sound system, a subwoofer and seven channel speakers on the left, right and center. To pre-wire the system, you will have to mark it at:

  • Center – this will be just above or below the projector screen
  • Left and Right – preferably installed on the sides of the projector screen at a height that meets your ears
  • Side Surrounds – this will be suitable on the center of the side walls
  • Rear Surrounds – at the wall in the back

Pick a spot for the hub that is going to store the receiver and other A/V cables. The hub can be in a hidden cabinet or closet that is nearby to make it look minimalistic.

From there on, you can connect your audio cables from the hub to where the speakers are installed. Usually, for side surround and rear surround speakers, the cables should be at least 16-4 (16-gauge, four conductors). It is wise to configure stronger 12 or 14-gauge cables for the left, right, and center speakers.


For the complete set, a 9.1 surround sound system could work wonders. If you are watching a movie and a jet flies at the top, you will hear that sound at the top of the speakers installed above the projector screen.

  Pre-wire the Home Projector

To avoid too much wiring being lost and hanging from the ceiling, it is advisable to pre-wire the home projector before mounting it to the ceiling. Do this by ensuring you purchase a long, quality HDMI cable and a CAT5 control wire that will give you access to the projector using a radiofrequency (RF) remote. This will let you start your movies without having to point to the screen projector.


  Lighting and Furnishing

For the best comfortable experience, you would want your room to resemble a movie theater. Here are 4 points you should consider to achieve this:

   1. Lighting

Too much lighting will spoil the picture quality on the projector screen. A dark room will highlight the picture quality and improve the ambiance of the room. You can choose to have background light that can change color depending on the mood you are on. Doesn’t that sound awesome?

   2. Light Direction

A windowless room is recommended because it will block all the sunlight shining through light curtains. Where you position your lighting equipment also affects the picture quality on your home projector. Lighting up the room such that it shines only on the floor and the walls before and after the movie, is what is mostly recommended.

   3. Remote Control Effects

For a little extra buck, you could purchase a remote control light system. You don’t need to wake up so that you can switch off the lights once you are already settled in. Just use a remote controller and dim the lights from the comfort of your seat.

   4.  Interior Furniture

You don't necessarily have to use home theater seats that are luxurious. There are rather frugal and economical options of reclining chairs that can still give you the comfort you seek.

If you have space to include more rows, you can always build a wooden platform that is about 6-12 inches high to elevate the second row. Adding posters, fancy curtains and a smooth carpet is just the tip in the iceberg of how creative you can be with your space.


If you think about it, investing in a home theater system is far better than going to the movies and leaving your child with a babysitter. Besides, it will give you a chance to interact with your family and have a great experience of appreciating what you have in your home, a home theater projector.