Posted by Matthew Cupper on September 11, 2018
Matthew Cupper

As the famous saying goes, "The Devil is in the Detail," and this saying is 100% true here. You cannot take on a cinema project without a full room design as there are too many areas that can go wrong, and the last thing you want at the end of this is a poor performing room that you do not use!

This blog discusses the benefits of cinema design.

Whatever the vision is of your home cinema installation project is I cannot stress enough the importance of getting into a full design service.

Sure with the internet you can find ideas everywhere on Pinterest, Houzz, and other social media sites, however your room size and dimensions will be different.

To properly plan your luxury home cinema installation you must consider a home cinema design service from any installation company that you are talking with.

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There are two elements to a design:-

  1. Architectural Plans:- So that calculations can be made for screen size, projector throw distances, the right speaker and amplifier combination for the correct sound pressure in the room, as well as calculations for acoustic treatments. This plan should set out all of the critical information in the room including speaker locations, seating layouts, power requirements, equipment storage and ventilation. It is the build-up plan that will allow someone to create the room.
  2. Visualisation:- A visualisation allows the designer and the client to come together and agree exactly what the finished room will look like. These visualisations, or renders are exact models of the rooms which are used to sign off and agree a way to move forward to the actual construction stage of the project.


CAUTION – If you proceed without the above items you are putting yourself at risk of disappointment at the end of the project.


An experienced home cinema designer will be able to work with you to deliver the finished result that you are looking for. What I mean by this is unusual room finishes or designs can be accommodated within a design even though they may not necessarily be best practice for cinema rooms.

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