There’s nothing better than a family movie night, what better way to unwind than to spend the evening cuddled up on the sofa together with a good film and plenty of delicious snacks. However for the best experience it’s well worth getting your setup right, and there a few things you’re able to add to make it it great. Check out these points and you’ll be right on track to creating a fantastic home cinema.
Big Screen TV
A big screen tv was once seen as a sign of wealth. However these days you can pick them up really cheaply, you can get yourself a lovely big screen for just a couple of hundred pounds. If yours is getting on a bit, it’s worth saving up and paying for the upgrade. You’ll get hours of entertainment from it, and it will make family movie night even more enjoyable. If you get on which is 3d ready, you’ll be able to purchase some 3d films for even more of a cinema experience.
Speakers are what really give you that surround sound ‘cinema’ feel. Getting the placement of them right is crucial, so have a play around and see what works best. There’s no point having a great picture if it’s not backed up with fantastic sound, there are speakers available at all price ranges so have a look and see what will work best for you. If you don’t like the idea of dotting speakers around the room, a sound bar makes a great alternative. It’s a narrow bar which contains lots of speakers inside which boosts your tv speakers without taking up a lot of space. Some models even offer virtual surround sound which bounces sound from the walls to create the same effect as multiple speakers.
Reliable Ariel/ Internet Connection
With the invention of things like Netflix and Sky plus, there’s no need to go out and buy a load of physical copies of films anymore. However what it does mean is that you need a reliable internet connection and aerial to be able to watch them properly (nothing worse than settling down to watch a film and realising it hasn’t recorded due to the signal being lost!) Consider upgrading your internet to a fast fibre optic connection, and look into digital aerials for a great reliable picture at all times.
There’s no point having a perfect setup with all of your electricals if you don’t have comfortable seating! Recliner sofas and chairs make great seats for kicking back and enjoying a home cinema. If you’re not looking to invest in new furniture, you can make your current setup extra comfy by adding throws and cushions. For more space on the sofa you could look into getting some big comfy beanbags for the kids to sit on, which you could bring out every time you watch a film.
With everything set up and ready to go, now all you need to do is find a movie that everyone agrees on!