DIY Home Theater

DIY Home Theater

A couple of months ago, we threw a Movie Bingo Night Party. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ve been fantasizing about an outdoor movie night. (The fantasies of the design obsessed are so titillating, aren’t they?)  The only thing holding me back is my lack of a backyard, but if you have an outdoor space, you’re half way there. You can start with just a bed sheet and a projector, but as you get more into backyard movie season, you might find yourself hankering after a better speaker system or a few more bells and whistles, I found my favorite guide to building a backyard theater system on For inspiration, visit Backyard Theater to see what others have done. (And as an added plus, the site also pulls in eBay auctions for home theater equipment.)




Image above: 1. citronella candle $24 | 2. solid white sheets (for your screen!) $26 | 3. wood clothespins | 4. surge suppressor $25.64 | 5. outdoor brights pillow, sunburst $19 | 6. Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Convertible Ultrabook™ (with Dolby Home Theater) | 7. Epson MegaPlex MG-50 Projector $399 (This projector has a smart phone doc, but you can also easily hook up your tablet. It also features built in speakers.) | 8. popcorn boxes, set of 6 $4.95




Image above: 1. iPhone pocket project $179.99 | 2. sound bar with subwoofer $176.49 | 3. IKEA’s Tupplur Roller Blind $79.95 (for the screen) | 4. sennheiser HD 800 headphones (If you live with another person, headphones are a must. These are top of the line.) | 5. easy pop hot air popcorn maker $39.95 (Isn’t unlimited popcorn the point of having a home theater system? My favorite popcorn recipe is right here.) | 6. bluetooth transmitter & receiver $79.99 (an easy way to stream audio from your phone or computer)

If you’re hoping to improve the movie viewing experience, inside your home, you can similarly let the theater evolve. I love the idea of using a pull down window blind to serve as your screen. Attach the blind to the ceiling and you can have a theater in any room in your house. I’m also excited by the mini projectors that can turn your iPhone, into a movie theater. Wouldn’t it be fun to lie in bed and watch Netflix on your ceiling?

What are your must-haves for a home theater system?

Amy Azzarito / Design*Sponge
Amy Azzarito
Amy Azzarito is the managing editor of Design*Sponge. She recently published her first book, Past and Present, a book that translates topics of design history into present-day craft projects and is based on her Design*Sponge column. The book was published by Stewart, Tabori, and Chang in March 2013. You can follow her on Twitter @AmyAzzarito.
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