19 Home Theater Ideas for Every Budget and Space

Home theater with flat-screen tv in center of white living room

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Looking to create that immersive movie experience at home? An evening of Netflix and chill suddenly becomes way more exciting when you have a big screen equipped with a surround sound system. Whether you are planning on turning your basement into a picture palace, or want to make the most of a flat-screen, the following ideas will help you create the ultimate home theater.

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    HDTV Home Theater in Modern Living Room

    mounted tv on wall with embedded speakers home theater
    DTV Installations

    DTV Installations based in the New York Metro Area upgraded the home theater in this Brooklyn home. The living room is tricked out with state of the art equipment including a 75-inch SONY 4K Smart TV and one of the latest SONY A/V receivers. The white surround-sound speakers shown on the wall are wireless. Topping things off is a wickedly fast Wi-Fi system that guarantees excellent picture quality when streaming.

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    Home Theater for Sports Fans

    sports themed home theater
    Martin Perri Interiors

    Create the ultimate sport's cave with these tips from Martin Perri Interiors out of Carmel, California. Here, a pool cabana for a residential home was transformed into a sports bar with a five-screen media wall. Not shown is the 12-foot wide projection screen that rolls down from the ceiling for the stadium experience while watching a game. Automated lighting and motorized shades create the perfect viewing environment whether it is day or night.

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    Backyard Picture Palace

    outdoor theater styled to look like vintage movie theater
    He Shed She Shed

    Cinephiles will flip over this idea spotted on He Shed She Shed. The interior of this tiny backyard shed was renovated to resemble a retro movie lobby for an outdoor home theater. Four weather-resistant outdoor loungers are the finishing touches that turn the small outdoor picture place into an irresistible retreat.

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    Bonus Room Doubles as a Home Theater

    bonus room becomes a home theater with mounted tv
    Studio McGee

    This family recreation room in a mountain home by Studio McGee based in Salt Lake City, Utah doubles as a home theater thanks to a large flat-screen TV and a soundbar. If you are not in the know, sound bars deliver high-quality audio without the hassle of setting up a complicated surround sound speaker system. 


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    Basement Family Room With Built-in Surround Sound System

    basement home home theater with lots of sunlight
    Studio McGee

    A sizable TV combined with an in-wall/ceiling surround sound system turns this basement family room by Studio McGee into the most popular spot in the home. The cable box and other media devices are hidden in the custom cabinetry.

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    Screening Room for a Television Star

    screening room with mounted tv and teal walls

    Homepolish interior designer, Orlando Soria created this lovely screening room in the home of actress Whitney Port. Wall art and beautiful furniture make the space located in a basement feel extra inviting. The room diving screen on the left conceals a small sink. Under the television screen is a console that hides media devices including the cable box. 

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    Black Media Room in a Modern Home

    media room with black walls and couch with red accent
    Cablik Enterprises

    The interior design team at Cablik Enterprises made the most of a dark basement by turning it into an insanely chic media room. The pitch black walls enhance the space's cozy and stylish vibe.

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    Brooklyn Town House With Stylish Home Theater

    Wireless home theater mounted tv
    DTV Installations

    This Brooklyn townhouse features an ultramodern home theater installed by the experts by ​DTV Installations. All of the cables for the system were included in the home's renovation to keep unattractive wires out of sight. Shown is 65-inch frameless 4K Smart TV, with a Sonos soundbar connected to wireless speakers and amps. A Luxul controller kit takes internet connectivity to the next level.

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    Home Theater for Sci-Fi Fans

    home theater with sci fi styling

    Calling all science fiction fans, this interstellar home theater by the media room designers at Gramophone is the ultimate space for sci-fi viewing parties. A TV project screen serves up movies and shows. Surround sound speakers are built into the walls. Embedded in the acoustic ceiling tiles are tiny twinkling lights. Recliner seating keeps things extra comfy.

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    Pool House Movie Palace

    Chic movie room in a pool house
    Morrone Interiors

    Morrone Interiors out of central Florida converted a client's pool house into a home theater. A large flat-screen duplicates the picture show experience. To keep the space feeling super casual two huge daybeds provide seating.

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    Custom Cabinetry Carves Out Room for a Projection Screen

    cabinets with built in tv projector and large couch
    Jeff King and Company

    A home in San Francisco remodeled by Jeff King and Company makes room for a TV projection screen with custom cabinetry. Built into the blue wall unit are three speakers that produce high-quality sound. The ceiling mounted projector is over the sofa. 

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    Micro Apartment With a Home Theater

    micro apartment with transforming media center
    Michael K Chen Architecture

    The Five to One Micro Apartment by Michael K Chen Architecture uses a moving wall panel to optimize the space's small square footage. When it is time to kick back on the sofa for a movie the bedroom folds into the wall so it can be pushed back to reveal the home theater. 

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    Create a Faux Drive-In Theater

    Dad man cave with faux drive-in theater
    Weber Design Group

    Weber Design Group turned a client's basement into a rustic inspired drive-in theater. Plush green carpeting mimics the look of fresh grass. Reclaimed wood adds a massive dose of barn inspired style. The best seat in the house is the pickup truck's cargo bed.

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    Modern Farmhouse Basement Home Theater

    Rustic and modern family room with mounted tv
    Hart and Lock Interior Design

    These days no family recreation room would be complete without a giant flat-screen as shown in this decked-out modern farmhouse basement by New York-based, Hart and Lock Interior Design. When it is time to watch the show, ceiling-mounted speakers bring the surround sound. 

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    Loft Apartment With a Secret Sound System

    pivoting tv screen with hidden sound system
    Architectural Studio RULES

    In this loft apartment by Architectural Studio RULES in Bratislava, Slovakia the stereo system for the flat-screen is inside the kitchen cabinets, while the couch conceals the subwoofer. Notice the arm mount for the TV? It can do a 180-degree turn.

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    Home Theater for Two Gamers

    cozy media room with tv with gamers in mind
    Yta Architecture, Design and Construction

    A home office doubles as a home theater for two gamers. Designed by Yta Architecture, Design and Construction based in Spain, all the tech in this space is controlled through a tablet including the audio, video, lighting, and more.

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    How to Hide a Home Theater

    pivoting bookcase reveals a hidden tv
    Martha O'Hara Interiors

    You love watching TV, but you do not want the device to become the main focal point of your living room. What to do? Behold this idea by Martha O'Hara Interiors. In this stylish room, a custom rotating built-in hides a home theater.

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    Sophisticated Home Theater That is All Business

    home theater with horse theme
    Jablonski Associates

    Jablonski Associates based in New Canaan, Connecticut created this business-minded home theater. The large screen can display up to four different shows. Four leather club chairs keep viewers ultra comfortable. A collection of horse racing memorabilia including an antique lawn jockey personalize the space.

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    Rustic DIY Home Theater for Small Apartments

    Custom reclaimed entertainment center for TV
    Garrison Hullinger

    This home theater is just the right size for this small living room by Garrison Hullinger. Wireless TV speakers (not shown) bring the noise. Cords and media devices are hidden inside the three reclaimed wood storage cabinets.