DIY Home Theater: When the Home Theater Room is Too Small

Well kiddo, it’s like this… What do you mean it won’t fit? Why’d you buy that 120″ screen home theater with those extra-tall monster size chrome speakers if they won’t fit into your media room? Sigh… Okay, well grab an end — we can’t leave this home theater system sitting out here in the driveway for the duration, it’s gonna’ rain. Let’s go. Yes!!! Don’t yell at me. I’m well aware that your home theater system won’t fit through the front door with the entryway turn in the way. Put your end down for a minute and let me think… Do you have a yardstick? I want to see if the home theater will fit through the picture window if we remove the glass. Glass is cheap to replace if we break it, don’t worry about that. This pretty baby can’t get wet.

Okay, I’ve got a game-plan. I am short, you are tall; I will stand up there in the window, and you will pass the 120″ home theater screen and speakers in to me through the open window, one at a time – carefully! Don’t you dare let go until I have a good grip. Okay kiddo? On the count of three… 1-2-3… (Unimportant cussing sounds here “x”).

Hey, kiddo? Why don’t you bring Momma Maxx a nice cold beer, and show me where you’re hiding this tiny media room so that I can see what problems we are working with while getting into the right frame of mind to be creative? You’re young, I’ve got an idea. Can you give me 9 good reasons why the screen can’t go on the ceiling in that room? Nope! I won’t accept electrical as a reason, there’s wires to the ceiling light already up there, we’d just need to call some nice electrician to come and make a plug out of them.

Laughing!!! Okay, that’s one good reason why the home theater screen can’t go onto the ceiling… I’ll give you that one. Your girlfriend’s parents probably won’t understand why you have to lay down to watch movies. May I suggest strongly that we install a door lock and that you keep this room locked while they are visiting?

Okay, well here are your choices: 1. We put the home theater screen on the ceiling in the planned media room…or, 2. You go find a wall anywhere else in your home that the home theater screen fits on and we will put it there and decorate the rest of the room around it…or, 3. You sell it and have the new owners lift it right back out through that window.

When the home theater room is too small:

Option #1: The home theater screen can go into the media room on a diagonal through the door, out the far window, and then swing around into position to be mounted on the ceiling.

The home theater screen can go onto the ceiling with steel Z brackets mounted into the ceiling beams that rest over the edge of the monitor to hold it up. Your door light switch can be rewired to control the screen as your on-off button to go with your remote. Call an electrician to handle this.

If you need the room soundproofed, do this before installing the home theater screen on the ceiling. Your mega speakers will fit from ceiling-to-floor, and you can always take the door off of your closet area and put them in there if you need more room.

Option #2: The home theater screen can go onto any wall in your home where it fits. If you have empty attic space above the wall, you can have a contractor install a disappearing screen option. If there’s nothing else up there, the screen can be made to slide into the ceiling when you are not using it.

Decorating a room around a home theater is a little tricky if you do not want to make it the focal point of the room. Perhaps you can have shutters that close over the screen, fancy throws that go over the speakers, and other creative coverings to use when the home theater system is not in use.

You do not want to place your home theater system near a heat source, or you might negate your warranty. Remember that there is no law claiming that your home theater screen or speakers can not be mounted flush with the ceiling instead of in a traditional position. Look up and explore all of that unused ceiling space in your home.

Option #3: If you decide to sell your home theater system because it is too big for your home, expect to take a loss even if you have never had it out of the boxes. All items go down in value instantly after purchase. Be safe about where you advertise your home theater for sale, and be safe about strangers entering your home to view it. Keep valuables, work-schedules, and easy-access broken windows all out of sight.

Okay kiddo! I’ll let you think about this problem tonight and be back around 10:00 tomorrow to help you follow through with your choices.

(walking away.) — “…it won’t fit.” — That’s so funny! Of course it’ll fit. We just need to think outside of the traditional confines of reality. If it won’t go through a door, try a window. If it won’t fit on the wall, try a ceiling. If the home theater looks funny in a room not designed for a home theater, slide the screen into the attic for storage.