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A space saver home theater experience!

Entertainment gadgets are always a part of living room, space constraints does not mean that you cannot enjoy home theaters or other entertainment gadgets with style. A Home Theater usually comprises of a good TV, Audio-Visual source which is usually a DVD player and a home theater surround sound system. Here we would discuss how a home owner can have a home theater experience in a normal size living room. When space is an issue putting the TV on a wall unit is the first thing we do.

Home Theater Design

(Home Theater Design)

Let us review  some wall mount designs for TV or LCD and then we would move to the other components of the home theater. Whether, you have purchased all devices for full-fledged home theater or not, TV on a wall unit would always come handy so you always use this option without thinking twice

TV Wall Mounts

TV wall mounts not only saves space but also creates a striking, ultra modern look presenting a theater like experience in the home. It also opens a whole new range of decorating options as the whole wall around the TV can be decorated with interesting themes but keep in mind that the decor components on the wall should not be too obstructive to your TV viewing experience.

space saver TV wall mounts

(Space Saver TV Wall Mounts)

TV wall mount can be moved left or right across the length of the wall plate so that the TV is in the center of the room.  For those who wish to change the angle, there are tilt TV wall mounts available that would let you change the TV angle without relocating the TV. Some tilt TV wall mounts work on a ratchet principle. Here the tilt is adjusted by simply moving the display by hand to the desired angle. You have to purchase TV wall mounts depending on whether your TV has a flat back or a small protruding modular ‘box’ at the back. If you have the later type of television, you will require a tilt TV wall mount. The standard wall mount will not work with the box type TV.

TV wall mount

(Wall Mount TV Stand)

Some TV wall mounts have ‘security features’ which allow you to padlock the TV to the wall plate so that there is no chance of theft. The TV wall mount not only saves valuable space in the home but also keeps heavy appliances safely out of reach of children.

Parts of TV Wall Mounts

Once the rails and plate are installed, TV can simply be placed on the wall plate. In general typical universal TV wall mounts have two basic parts.
• A wall plate that attaches to the wall or entertainment center
• Rails that attach to the back of the TV

TV Cabinets

A ‘must have’ item for your TV is TV stand Cabinet which not only makes interior decorator of the house happy but also provides place for keeping tapes, magazines, and CDs. Some TV stand cabinets are built-in box type with glass doors and built-in shelves inside it to store TV, VCD and Cassettes. Some cabinets have wooden doors to keep TV tastefully under wraps until family's favorite weekly show comes on.

TV Cabinet Design

(Wall Mount TV Cabinets)

The box type TV cabinet has now given way to proper entertainment units, TV Trolleys, storage plus TV cabinet etc. With the emergence of plasma TV and other flat screen TV in the market, TV cabinet has also transformed to a modern and sleek look. Modern TV Cabinets are without enclosing framework. TV is kept on the top of the cabinet while lower half of the cabinet is used for storage purposes. Such cabinets have adjustable shelves to facilitate the storage of different types of things.

(Wall Mount for TV or Home Theater)

Woods for TV Cabinets

TV Stand Cabinets are available in varieties of styles, sizes and finishes. The look of the TV cabinet has changed significantly over the years. Different types of woods used in manufacturing of TV cabinets are hardwoods such as
• Cherry
• Maple
• Oak
• Rosewood
• Mahogany
• Mango
• Teak
• Sal 

TV Cabinet for your home

(Wood TV Stands)

If you want to convert your TV room into home theater room then you need some necessary devices for home theater experince.

Other Parts of Home Theater that you should go for:

A good TV: A gorgeous picture is focal point of home theater experience. Today you have various options in LCD or LED screens, flat screens usually give best picture and saves space too. You can also prefer HD or Full HD screens for better resolution.  Other options include plasma screens, front or rear projectors, etc.

Audio/Video Sources: If you want experience true home theater, you need some high definition audio/video sources. A blue ray player gives you possible sharpest picture quality but a normal DVD player is also not a bad option for beginners. 

Home Theater Music System: Many would agree that home theater music system are the heart of the home theater. You need good quality speakers to get a complete surround sound effect. If you have to choose between an expensive TV and a expensive music system, go with the expensive music system.

Speakers or Sub-Woofers: To create the larger than life surround sound audio quality, you need at least 5 speakers and a sub-woofer. These speakers are professionally placed around the room to give you an optimal home theater effect

Make sure you choose the home theater components discussed above and show the equipment to your interior decorator so that all wires in the room are properly concealed. 

Other Accessories for Home Theater: People often forget about other essential accessories like, cables. You need good quality speaker cables and audio/ video cables for your room. Depending upon the size of the room, the basic cables that come with the home theater system may not be sufficient and if you purchase low quality cables for your home theater system then they would ruin the effect in no time.

Now question arises: Can we use home theater in small room? 
Of course YES. Space is not an issue; with intelligent usage of space you can easily enjoy home theater in small rooms.  

Tips for Small Room Home Theatre:

  • Mostly people think, “Bigger is better”, but in case of TV, right size according to room is important. Some recommended TV sizes according to viewing distance.

 Minimum Viewing Distance
(in feet)

Maximum Viewing Distance
(in feet)

 Home Theater Screen Size
(in inches)

 3.25

5.5

26 

 4.0

 6.66

 32

 4.63

7.71 

 37

 5.0

 8.33

 40

 5.75

 9.5

 46

 6.5

 10.8

 52

 7.25

 12

 58

 8.13

 13.5

65 

 8.75

 14.75

 70

  • Go for wall mount units for TV or LCD. It free up the floor space.

Home Theater Wall Mount

(Home Theater Wall Mount)

  • If possible, use small speakers of good quality. Hang them on different corners of room for thrilling surround sound. Wireless speakers are preferable.
  • Use TV cabinets with lots of drawer, it gives you ample space for CD’s or DVD’s and hides the mess.

Wooden Cabinet for Home Theater

(Wooden Cabinet for Home Theater)

  • Try to purchase boxed kits, rather than using different devices.
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