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How to Add Finishing Touches to a Home Theater

Acoustical panels, hidden wiring and other pro touches finish off this hip home theater.

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Step 1: Build the Frames for the Panels

For each acoustical panel, build a wood frame the desired size from 2x4s. Make sure the corners are square before securing with a nail gun. Attach a pegboard panel to one side of the frame with wood glue and a power stapler.

Step 2: Add Insulation to the Panels

Flip the panel over and fill with household insulation; this will absorb extraneous noise and improve sound quality. Cover the insulation with polyester batting, tucking the batting into the edges all the way around the frame.

Step 3: Cover the Panels

Flip the panel batting-side down onto a large piece of burlap. Pull the burlap around to the pegboard side of the panel and staple. Repeat all the way around the panel, making sure to pull the burlap taut and neatly fold the fabric around the corners.

Step 4: Hang the Panels

Use the same process to cover the burlap with a decorative fabric. Hang the panels on the wall as desired, making sure to keep them level.

Step 5: Prepare the Room for Hidden Wiring

To install the baseboard wiring channels, remove the baseboard molding and carefully score a line in the drywall the same height as the base track of the wiring channel. Carefully remove this strip of drywall and secure the base track of the wiring channel to the wall studs with screws.

Step 6: Run the Wires

Install the audio and video system wires, running the wires in the channel. Check to make sure the wiring job works properly, then snap the wire track cover into place. The track cover should be flush with the surface of the drywall. Apply construction adhesive to the back of the baseboard molding and adhere it to the track cover. Once the adhesive dries, the baseboard molding and track cover will snap off and on together for easy access.

Step 7: Add Floor Lighting

The seating platforms in this home theater have a slight overhang. Amy helped the homeowners dress up the platforms — and provide theater-style floor lighting — by installing rope lights underneath these overhangs. Use the clips and screws provided with the rope lighting kit to attach the lights.