Home Improvement Decorating Home theater tips for do-it-yourselfers (ARA) - There’s the teen who refuses to turn off her cell phone, the toddler booting the back of your seat, and the $5 bucket of popcorn that tastes like it’s been around since the silent era. Isn’t going to the movies supposed to be fun? If you would rather watch movies at home than go to the theater, you are not alone. About 73 percent of your fellow movie-lovers feel the same, according to one Associated Press-AOL poll. The majority of respondents said they would rather watch movies at home, citing crowds, uncomfortable seats, expensive tickets, and costly concessions among the aggravations of going out to the movies. No wonder building a home theater is one of the hottest trends in home improvement. If the idea of having your own home theater is appealing, you don’t have to pay pros to do the job for you. You can enjoy a home theater experience without the expense of professional installation by doing it yourself. Here are some basics for building your own home theater: Decide where your home theater will be. If you have a basement or spare bedroom you can convert, bravo! If you don’t have a spare room, a little improvisation can make a home theater work in your family or living rooms. In wide, open spaces like the basement, consider investing in authentic movie seats, complete with tilting backs and cup holders. If you’re setting up your theater in the family room, a comfortable sofa and a few recliners will perform well. Whatever type of seating you choose, remember to position it so that everyone has a good view of the screen. A true movie screen - available in various sizes, fabrics and prices - and a projector may be the essence of the movie experience. But if those items are outside your budget, a flat-screen TV makes a great understudy for pricier projection screens. Prices on high-definition plasma or LCD TVs have been dropping. If you are able to invest in a fabric screen, there are plenty of choices. Highend cloth screens can roll up and down at the touch of a button. Or, you can find the free-standing square screens similar to those your high school teacher might have used. The type of projector you buy will play a role in deciding what kind of fabric screen you purchase. Proper mounting of all components of your home theater system is important for aesthetics and safety. You’ll put time, thought, and some money into pulling together the home theater, so you will want a better way to store components than to precariously perch them on an accent table or - worse yet - leave them sitting on the floor. If you have purchased a projector, a ceiling mount will give you the best theater experience. Sanus Systems, a leading manufacturer of mounts for audio-visual components, makes a Universal Projector Ceiling Mount simple enough to be installed by the average do-it-yourselfer. If you’ve opted for a flat-screen TV, consider a mount that will allow you to put the screen on the wall and angle it to meet your needs. Audio components like speakers also perform best when wall mounted. Once the technical aspects of your do-it-yourself home theater project are taken care of, plug in the carnival-style popcorn popper, pour on the butter, and settle down to enjoy the movie theater experience in the comfort of your own home. & March 4, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I & III • Page 27 ���������������������� �������������������� ������������������������������ ������������������� �������������������������� ��������������������� ������������������ ����������������� ���������������� �������������������� �������������������� ��������������� ����������������� ������� ���������������� ��� ����������� ��� ����������� ��� ������������ WAREHOUSE CLEARANCE SALE First Come, First Served! BIRCH, RED OAK, WHITE OAK, CUMARU, BAMBOO, MAPLE, KEMPAS HARDWOOD FLOORING LOTS SELL-OFF AREA RUGS - ALL MUST GO! SCATTER RUGS TO 6’x9’, SOME SMALL ROUND RUGS FINAL DAYS ���������������������� ������������������ ����������� ������������������� � ������������������ � ������������������� � ���������� ��������������� ������������� ����������������� � �������� �������������������� ���������� � ������� ������������������ ������������� �������������� ������������� ��������������������������� ������������� ����������������������������� Total Design & Maintenance Service ������� Hardwood Closeout Lots - was $6.25 sf, Now $3.99 sf Commercial Remnants - was $3.44 sf, Now $1.00 sf Marble & Granite - 4 colors - was $11.49 sf, Now $3.49 sf 8”x8” Ceramic Tile - $1.00 sf 8mm Laminate - $2.49 sf with underlayment ������������������������������������������� �������������� ������������������������������������ ���������������������������� PROFLOOR SUPPLY 15 INDUSTRIAL PARK, WALDWICK, NJ All Sales Final • In Stock Warehouse Items Only 201-632-0147