Improve Picture and Sound
- One extremely effective way to absorb sound in a home theater is carpeting. A thick Berber with standard padding underneath is a good choice. If you have hardwood or tile floors, lay down an area rug to absorb sound.
- Lighting is also crucial to the overall quality of a home theater. The room should be dark, much like a movie theater but with just enough illumination so people can move around safely. Arrange the light sources so they don't cast any glare on the big screen. Directivity of the lighting is important. For example, track lighting, where you can aim and focus the light, works beautifully.
- Avoid table lamps and fluorescents because they will flood the room with light and cast a glare on the screen. Use directional lighting instead.
- One of the most important things is to install dimmers, it is an inexpensive way to adjust the level of light in a home theater.
- Thick draperies can block out most of the light from windows, but specialty manufacturers make motorized shades and drapes. They cost more than standard fabric draperies and most require professional installation, but they're designed to completely block outside light.