hen crafting your perfect home theater, every design element should be considered. The TV installation, audio system setup, seating, lighting, and room décor can all have a major impact on the comfort of the room and the quality of the home theater experience. While it is often addressed as an afterthought, the flooring can also have a major impact on comfort and sound quality.
Flooring and Comfort
The most comfortable flooring for a home theater is carpet. Carpet also has an impact on sound quality, so this is generally considered to be the best option for home theater flooring. If another option is chosen for home theater flooring, consideration should be given to the comfort of the option chosen, since the room will be used as a place to relax. Flooring should be “soft” on the ankles and feet, with padding or underlayment to cushion it. Throw rugs can also add comfort to the room.
Flooring and Audio Quality
Hard flooring options such as wood flooring or laminate cause sound waves to bounce. This can make sounds echo and sap clarity sound quality. Ceramic tile causes sound to reverberate, which can distort music and dialog and make it difficult to understand. If a room that has been selected for a home theater already has one of these flooring options, replacing the flooring or installing another flooring option over it is a good idea. If this is too costly, placing throw rugs in certain places may help to bolster sound quality.
Home Theater Budget
Unfortunately, budget considerations may prevent the flooring in a home theater from being completely changed. In addition to the idea of purchasing throw rugs in specific areas to enhance sound, there are several other options that may help to improve sound quality without tipping the budget. Built in bass equalization may automatically adjust for room elements that effect sound. Installing carpeting on part of the floor and playing with furniture arrangements may also help to improve sound quality.
Frequencies and Home Theater Flooring
Bass frequencies travel low and run through the room. This can cause reverberation that can distract from the main audio and even jiggle furnishings, causing ambient noise. Thicker carpet, especially with padding underneath, is the best for absorbing bass frequencies. If it is impossible to carpet the room, propping subwoofers up may help to mitigate the reverberation slightly. Installing carpet or placing throw rugs in the area where the audio system is may help with this, as well as tweaking other room elements until sound is optimal.
Carefully select your home theater flooring to ensure the best experience every time you use your home theater.