Have you ever thought about putting a movie theater in your bedroom instead of a
different room in your house? Well that is exactly what I did! Check
Why did I Choose my Bedroom Instead of it's
My current projector: JVC DLA-RS25. It hangs right above my bed.
It is very silent.
a movie theater in my house has been one of the best purchases I have ever made,
it really has brought more satisfaction and peace into my life. But why
did I choose my bedroom?
At first I was so close at choosing my basement for the
location. My brother told me the sound would be better in the basement due to
the fact that I can crank it up louder so I won't disturb my neighbors. Also
that's simply what most people do anyway, they make a whole separate room for
their movie theater. So I was pretty close at choosing my basement
instead. But after putting a lot of thought into it, I decided that my
bedroom was the ultimate choice, and here's why:
Convenience! This is my number one reason.
I use my bedroom naturally WAY more than I use my basement. Plus my
bedroom is much closer to my kitchen, living room, office etc.. Laying
in bed at night falling asleep to a movie in my movie theater bedroom
feels amazing lol! I can set it up so it turns off automatically at a
certain time to save lamp longevity.
More relaxation! Watching movies on a nice
comfortable bed beats sitting on a couch! As long as you get the right
pillows, laying down watching movies on a bed is better than a couch IMO.
I still have very comfortable leather couches in my bedroom for guests if
they choose to join in on a movie.
The setup was perfect! I already had a
gallon fish tank in the room and a fireplace. Plus I easily had enough
room for a 130 inch screen (even though mine is 110''). I also have
another room in my house dedicated just for all my clothes and personal
belongings. So it was ready for it.
Sound is No Problem! I notice I can crank up
the sound with no problems! The only time it does pose somewhat of a
problem is if I crack the windows open in my bedroom, then the sound leeches
out and you can here it outside pretty loudly. But when the windows
are closed you can barely hear it outside. Plus I'm sure having sound
resistance walls helps a tad too ;)
Uniqueness! How many people do you know has a
movie theater in their bedroom? Not many eh? You probably landed
here on a Google search to find that I am the only one who has a movie
theater in their bedroom lol! Also speaking of uniqueness, you can
also check out my
And I have to tell you, it's worth it! Check out a quick
video demonstration of what this room can do:
Check out some more
Beautiful Non Perforated Movie Screen:
Genuine Leather Couches & Chairs For Guests
Gas Fireplace and Dimmable Track Lighting
(with multiple scene settings)
Projector Above Bed & In-wall Speakers
Construction of the Theater
Of course this all didn't come without a price tag!
Here is the lowdown of what I paid for everything:
Labor to knock down the wall between 2 bedrooms:
Parts and labor for painting ceiling, trim: $500
Fish Tank and cabinets: $9,000
Acoustic Sound Reducing Panels for the walls: $8,000
Carpeting in room (and floor by fish tank): $3,000
Track Lighting: $8,500
Fireplace and brick work around fireplace: $6,000
Leather couches and chairs: $5,000
Bed: $1,500 (yeah bed was cheap, but it's
what I wanted)
JVC DLA-RS25 Projector: $5,000
Speakers: $9,000 (they are Monitor Audio
Remote for room: $800
Yamaha Receiver Model: RXV-V1900: $1,000
Other electronics for wiring, etc.. $2,000
What I did for
For construction, I did not go with a contractor. I learned the hard way
that it is more beneficial (and money saving) to be your own contractor.
Figure out what you want to do exactly and then do whatever you can yourself.
Figure out your budget, then hire individual companies to handle the rest.
Get quotes from multiple companies and check the
BBB to see if the company is legit. I personally had individual
companies to handle the following tasks:
Carpenter - To Knock down the wall between two bedrooms, and install a
fish tank stand.
Home Movie Specialist - I had a company install the movie projector,
screen, speakers, wiring, and the Theater Rack. Although this could be done
yourself with a little bit of research. I was in a hurry and had some
extra money so I went ahead and had a company handle it.
Flooring Company - To install the carpet and tiles next to fish tank.
Acoustic Wall Panels - I had a special company I was referred to by the
home movie specialist to install the sound resistance acoustic wall panels
(which are well worth it IMO).
Electrician - To install the track lighting, and to do some other
electrical wiring in the room.
Fireplace Company - To install the fireplace.
Individual Mason Contractor - To install the bricks around the fireplace.
Furniture - Furniture store of course.
Remote Control Curtains for Windows - I bought these online somewhere (I
cannot remember now), and installed them myself.
Paint - My brother-in-law painted the ceiling and the board trims black.
I have two of these in the room and they are AWESOME!
My Home Movie Theater Tips I have learned!
Here are some tips I have learned in the process of setting up your own home
Use Standalone Speakers! This will improve your movie
visual clarity. How? Because you will then not need to use a
perforated screen. Perforated Screens are meant for speakers that go
behind the screen. Perforated screens have thousands of small holes
which allow sound to pass through. The bad thing is, because of these
holes, these screens reduce your brightness by 28%, and contrast by 14%,
plus the audio will be attenuated in the upper octave. By using floor
standing speakers (standalone speakers), you can then use a solid non
perforated screen, which will make your viewing experience (and audio as
well) much better!
Choose a projector that has good Black Levels. Spending a
little bit more on a projector pays off. Do your research and find one
that has good black levels. JVC projectors do really good in this
area, that is why I got a JVC. There are other good brands as well, so
do your research.
Use Thick Carpet for the floor. This will help improve the sound
quality and clarity, as thick carpet helps reduce sound echo, and helps
slightly with sound proofing your movie theater.
Make sure your receiver is powerful enough! Most people buy
cheap receivers and then live with them not realizing that they could have a
much better experience if they spend just a little more on a more expensive
(and better brand) receiver. Once I returned my original and bought
one that was just a bit more powerful, I did notice a difference in both
sound and visual clarity. So if I were you, buy a receiver that is a
little bit more powerful than what you think you need.
Keep the Movie Theater Rack in a separate room or closet.
Some of these have a lot of bright flashing lights, and noisy fans, so put
your Rack in a separate room. Check out my Rack room:
My Home Bedroom/Movie Theater Construction Pictures
There used to be a wall separating two rooms
where the old carpet separation is.
The movie screen will go to the right of the fish tank (behind the chair there).
110'' movie screen right there on the
wall where that chair is at:
Yes! I even have
speakers in the ceiling for extra surround sound:
My bed will be right between those 2
windows: That closet will turn into a
NOTE: Originally I intended the movie screen
to be between those two windows! But then I changed my mind!
A Few Months Later..
Beautiful Curvy Low Voltage Dimmable Track Lighting:
When all the work is done..
Check out this video, for details on about the theater AV
I can also now optionally set a chair right up close to
the screen for a different up-close experience!
Thanks for reading! And you know what technology I'm looking forward to
into the future? Movie screens made from Organic LED material (OLED)! That
will be the day! Until then I will settle with LCD projectors!