How To Create The Ultimate At-Home Cinema

By Morgan Reardon
23rd Nov 2021

If you’re going to take on a movie marathon, you want to do it right. So forget crowding around a laptop or getting a sore back on the couch, because we've crafted the ultimate guide to create the most insta-worthy home theatre. Grab the popcorn, this is going to be good. 

#1 Find The Perfect Projector

Let’s start with the big tickets items first. What you watch your flicks on is seriously important—you want to make it as profesh as your budget allows. Fortunately, there’s a bunch of projectors out there ranging in price so there’s something for every cash flow (plus if you have roomies, you can split the bill). If you want to go full baller status, grab the ViewSonic 4K Ultra HD home projector. What’s awesome about this one—aside from being one of the best on the market—is you can also use it in the daytime and outside—hello alfresco cinema. For something kinder on the bank balance, and still giving you that home theatre feel, check out this Kogan number.

#2 Recreate The Big Screen

The next step is finding the right movie screen for your blockbuster Friday night. Simply take down your tastefully framed prints of Positano and Capri from your living room wall and viola, you’ve got the perfect canvas for a movie screen. But if you don’t have a spare blank wall or you just want to really get into this whole home cinema thing (we appreciate you!), then check out this freestanding , indoor/outdoor screen that you can easily assemble when it’s movie time. For something with a luxe edge, try this black velvet fixed frame screen

#3 Pump Up The Volume 

If you’re going to go to the trouble of creating a home cinema, then go the extra mile and make sure you’ve got the sound system to back up it. Trick out your space with this bluetooth gem for under $50 or this retro-looking pair of Bluetooth speakers that will absolutely do your Bridgerton re-run justice. 

#4 Create Your Own Candy Bar

Let’s be honest, aside from the movie itself, we all know the most important thing about going to the flicks is the snack situation. While we can’t get you those glorious choc-tops you can create a pretty pimped candy bar at home. Clear some counter space and pack it with goodies like this mini vending machine (we suggested stuffing it with Skittles), a cocktail set—because you’re not driving—and finally, this handy popcorn machine because is it even a movie if you didn’t smash popcorn? 

#5 Get Seriously Comfy

One of the biggest bonuses of staying at home is the fact that you absolutely don’t have to wear pants. If you want to get seriously snuggly though, there’s nothing better than pulling on some comfy loungewear—and just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t look cute as hell. For the fellas, pull on these oh so soft Bonds jersey trackies, while the ladies should opt for this Assembly Label lounge set. And nothing says living your best life quite like this pair of cosy UGGs. But the comfort level doesn’t need to end there, wrap yourself in this chunky knit throw, sink into this fluffy beanbag and rest your head on these novelty cushions—we're in love with this strawberry and Jellybean number

#6 Trick It Out With Accessories 

To make the space extra special, inject some twinkle with these dreamy fairy lights. Or luxe out and spell out the name of your new cinema with these alphabet lights.  Make it moody with clusters of KOHL candles and inject heavenly smells with this crystal-infused candle

Now you've the cinema set up, check out our round ups of the best movies on Netflix and Stan

Image Credit: Christopher Funk

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