Basements make an ideal location for home theater rooms because of the low light levels. Take advantage of a dark basement by decorating it into a basement home theater. A basement home theater will require a significant amount of planning and possibly even some construction in order to be built in such a way that the best performance of the equipment is possible. Concrete walls and floors will need to be covered with a subfloor and framed walls to ensure proper sound quality; lighting will need to be planned properly to ensure the best television viewing; and even furniture will need to be chosen carefully to enhance acoustics. Before purchasing any equipment for a basement home theater, one should first consider the size of the room, how many people will routinely use the room, and for what purposes the room will be used. Concrete walls and floors can have the single biggest negative impact on a basement home theater. Sound will bounce harshly off the concrete, creating unpleasant echos and other noises.
Concrete floors will require a wooden subfloor that will buffer sound and eliminate or at least reduce echos from the sound system. Framed walls with drywall mounted on them will do the same for the walls of the basement home theater. Once the walls and floor are built, one might consider soundproofing the ceiling to prevent stray noise from reaching the upper levels of the house, potentially disturbing other family members or even neighbors. The homeowner should carefully research the different soundproofing methods available and choose the one that fits his or her budget and needs best.