Case Study: Spare Bedroom Conversion

Some rooms lend themselves to straightforward theater conversions. Others are much more challenging. In the case of this particular room conversion, we initially had one of the worst possible layouts. The spare bedroom the customer presented us with had a sloped, uneven ceiling, and it was almost pentagonal in shape. The room also had an entire wall of windows. It was incredibly incompatible with the theater seating for six that the customer desired, and many configurations were attempted in the process of figuring out how to accommodate a large projection screen.

Once the layout was finalized, we decided to make a few adjustments to maximize space. We placed the equipment rack in an adjacent room and placed the two Paradigm subwoofers in custom cabinets. The rest of the speakers around the room are recessed into the walls, so those didn’t need special accommodations.

The projector and screen are both THX Ultra-certified, and both went through THX video calibration. 

Now, many home theaters have an area within the theater with a refrigerator, perhaps a popcorn machine, or other amenities you might find in a traditional theater. One really neat feature of this theater is that, since there were space constraints, an area just off of the theater was designed for such a purpose where we placed a 26″ Samsung television. If someone needs to step out for refreshments, the theater remains dark and quiet, but the person leaving the theater can continue to watch the movie on the TV and not miss a thing.

All in all, we were able to provide the stunning visuals and audio the customer requested, and we even managed to install a custom star-filled ceiling for added drama. What began as an awkward, challenging room turned into a Cedia-award winning theater for technical design.

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Noah is the Director of Engineering & Sales at Smart Systems. He has been with the company since 2006. Noah lives in Chattanooga with his wife and two sons.

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