Building a home theatre does not need to break the bank, and if you have kids, it can be a safe place for them to enjoy movies on rainy days. Whether you’re a first-time home theatre buyer or a veteran of the field, there is much information about building your theatre. Here are the best tips from experts, vendors, and home theatre veterans to help you navigate the process.

1. Overbudgeting for the Project

The biggest mistake most customers make when creating a home theatre is spending too much money on the equipment. While it is tempting to go all-out and make a theatre that will rival the cinemas, it is easy to overspend on equipment and lose money. While it can be hard to cut back on the gear you want, it is important to remember why you are building a home theatre.

For most people, a home theatre system is a hobby. It is a way to show off a little and enjoy movies in a more enjoyable setting than in a normal theatre. It is also a way to get a good value for money, as you are unlikely to go to the theatre more than a couple of times a year, so you are essentially getting the same amount of enjoyment for less money.

2. Buying Uninformed

Unfortunately, home theatre equipment can be tough to research. Most of the information you get from the vendor websites or local stores is blatant marketing material and will not give you a true sense of what the product is worth. When you buy a large piece of home theatre equipment, the most important thing you can do is read through the reviews.

The best place to read reviews is on the online auction sites, as there are many buyers in the same boat as you, and they are likely, to be honest about a product’s worth. When you buy used equipment, it is not good to purchase something with very high mileage, such as tinny speakers. While you may have a lower price, the sound quality will not be as good.

3. Taking the Easy Way Out with Plug-and-Play Systems

It is tempting to go out and buy the first home theatre system you find at the local electronics store. Usually, these are inexpensive and take up very little space. The problem with these systems is that they are usually cheaply made and do not give you an authentic theatre experience. When building a theatre, you are looking for an immersive experience, which usually means building from scratch and not just connecting components.

4. Placing the TV Too Close or Too High Up

While your TV may look great even from a few feet away, if you are within arm’s reach of it while sitting in the theatre, you will have a pretty poor viewing experience. The same applies to placing it too high or too low on the wall. 

When placing the TV, you need to consider the viewer’s distance and make sure that whatever viewing distance you choose, it is comfortable to watch the TV. If you are between four to five feet away from the TV, the TV should be positioned at least 57 inches from the floor. You can have it placed lower on the wall if you are further away.


While building a home theatre can be a daunting task, it does not have to be a bad experience. It is possible to do it at an affordable cost with the right knowledge and tools. With a little effort, you can enjoy your finished product in no time.

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