If you are lucky enough to have a spare room in your home, you might be a little stuck for ideas of what to do with it. While most spare rooms are used as guest bedrooms and offices, why not do something a little different with yours?
For a fantastic family space, why not transform your spare room into a movie theater? If you and your children love watching movies and spending time together as a family, a home theater is ideal.
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While the idea of creating a home movie theater can be daunting, it doesn’t have to be. If you take note of these ideas, you can design the perfect family room with minimal stress.
Choose the screen
One of the most important features of a home movie theater is, of course, the screen. Whether you want to use a large flatscreen television and DVD player or a proper theater screen and projector, it’s up to you.
A screen and projector will be a lot more expensive than a television and DVD player, but they will add a little something extra to the room. Having a movie theater style screen to watch films on will make your home movie room a little more exciting.
Opt for comfortable seating
When it comes to picking seating for your movie room, the most important thing is that it is comfortable. While some home movie rooms have proper theater seats, these aren’t the best option. Not only are these seats incredibly expensive, but they aren’t the most comfortable places to watch a movie.
For a home theater, the best option is to invest in a large, plush sofa. This could be a corner sofa, a round sofa, or any other design that is roomy and comfortable. As well as adding a sofa to the room, it’s also important to add some extra seating for when guests come around. Floor pillows and foam bean bags are ideal for this, as they are incredibly comfortable. Ottomans can also work well as extra seats, but they don’t tend to be as comfortable as floors cushions and bean bags.
Add movie-inspired decor
To give your home theater an extra touch of style, use movie theater inspired decor. This could be anything, from old black and white prints of the most famous movie stars to using old movie reels as pieces of wall art.
Think outside the box when it comes to adding accessories to your movie room, and try to create a space that feels as authentic as possible. If you are stuck for ideas, take a look on Pinterest and have a browse of what other families have done to their home movie rooms.
Don’t forget the snack bar
In the corner of the room, add a snack area. This should include a mini fridge and cupboard that can be used for storing movie snacks in. When it comes to watching a movie, having the popcorn and ice cream on hand is a must.
While you could just pop into the kitchen, to grab your snacks, keeping them in the movie room is a nice touch. You could also keep a few bottles of water and your family’s favourite fizzy drinks in the snack area, ready for movie nights.
It can be hard to know what to use a spare room for, especially if you already have everything that you need in your home. However, creating a home movie theater is a fantastic use of the space. It’ll keep you and your family entertained, and it might even add value to your property.