The home cinema experience is something more and more of us are hankering for. For many years, cinemas provided the entertainment we craved, but now we can enjoy the big-screen experience in the comfort of our own homes.             


For those with space to expand, homeowners have sometimes incorporated indoor swimming pools and gyms in existing basements or excavated downwards to create a basement for a pool or gym. But increasingly, a cinema room is an attractive feature in a property with the space to accommodate one.  

Some UK developers working with property at the higher end of the market are including certain features in the properties, such as gyms and cinema rooms. This highlights the current desire for properties equipped with cinema or media rooms.  

Whether you want to install a cinema room in a property you intend to let out or are keen to install a cinema room in your home, it’s important to do a little research.  

So how do you go about building a cinema room?


One of the first considerations is space. You need a certain amount of space to accommodate a cinema screen and the accompanying audio-visual equipment – and you need to be happy to devote this space to a home cinema. A larger cinema screen needs a room of a certain size, ideally, as the viewing distance should be a major consideration (you won’t want to sit too close to a large screen, so you’ll need to establish what size screen to buy based on the proportions of the room and the seating arrangements.  

Seating ideas 

The kind of seating you choose should depend on what kind of cinema room it is going to be. If it is to be a multi-purpose room, with a bar area or games area, for example, then some well-positioned sofas and chairs will be enough.  

However, if the room is to be a dedicated cinema room, then reclining seats and large, comfortable sofas will work very well. The most important thing to remember is to make sure everyone has a clear view without any obstructions. The seating layout should make it possible for visitors to come and go without walking in front of the screen.

Lighting ideas 

Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting in any room, but especially a cinema room. Although people prefer to watch films with the lights off or just low lamp light, lighting is still an important feature in a home cinema room.  

A dimmer switch will help you strike a balance if some guests prefer to watch a film in a dim light. Table lamps should be avoided as they could prove to be an obstacle to viewing. Ideally, recessed lighting would be the best way to go. Recessed lighting will not obstruct any one’s view of the screen. 

Tip: don’t place a home cinema screen in a room opposite a window, unless you can install curtains or blinds which do not let the light through. You must consider any ambient light sources, as this may affect the type of screen surface you choose.  

There are many other things to be considered when you are planning an indoor cinema room. Will your screen be a TV or a projector? What kind of sound system and speakers will be right for your room? What kind of décor will you choose? And what kind of equipment will you need? 

Your budget will be a major factor in the kind of indoor cinema you choose, but there are plenty of expert companies who will advise you on everything you need. To get started, discover more about the current home cinema systems available

About the author

Nicolas Holmes

Nick joined Robert Holmes to inject fresh ideas and help grow the New Homes department of Robert Holmes as well as helping to inject technology into the business and to grow its client base. Together with one of the Directors Nick is in charge of all Development opportunities that Robert Holmes deals with along with sales. Aged 40, he provides succession together with the two existing directors. Nick has always been focused on building client relationships and sales. He built up his own gallery in Chelsea, where he had a loyal following of customers and artists.

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