The prospect of building a private entertainment room or home theater is nothing new, but its appeal will never wane. Many homeowners who have the financial capability either have the room built into the house during its construction or add it later when the budget allows it.
To help you build your own entertainment room by yourself or with a friend and minimize labor costs, here are some pieces of advice on DIY acoustic work. Remember, the better the sound, the more you’ll enjoy watching your favorite films in this room.
Before going into that, however, see if your cables and outlets are safe. Don’t overload a socket. Have a separate power supply for this room, if possible. Use an electrical circuit tester to make sure the electricity powering your setup is stable and reliable.
Background in acoustics
How the sound is reflected and absorbed in your theater room will spell the difference between an enjoyable viewing and listening experience, and sheer disappointment; between being able to catch every sound and being unable to decipher what the people in the movie are saying. Unless you are willing to spend more dollars on the acoustics in addition to your home theater setup, you can use these suggestions for DIY acoustic enhancement.
Using carpeting or rugs to absorb sound
Use carpeting or rugs in the area between your speakers and the seats. The material will absorb the harsh sound.
Using egg crates or foam rubber
Use egg crates or thick foam rubber to absorb the sound that hits the wall beside your speakers. Don’t surround the room; just the walls next to the speakers. These cheap or free materials are your best option if you don’t want to buy acoustical panels.
Sound absorption is also achievable with the furniture you put in the room. Use cushioned seats instead of old school wooden seats. You may also use cushions and beanbag chairs plus pillows. They help absorb the sound, preventing echoes, and also make viewing more comfortable.
Hopefully, these simple DIY solutions will make your new entertainment room more comfortable and enjoyable. If you need more sound absorption or soundproofing, consider new or additional insulation in your walls. For the door, choose solid wood as it will block most outside noises.