Home Theater Open Space Versus Dedicated Space

Your space in your home is an important part of your life. Every room is usually dedicated to particular people in your family or uses. But what if you don’t have a space that is an entertainment or theater room? We are a part of Cedia, a Custom Theater Design Manufacturer. One of the things they mentioned recently is the pros and cons of an Open versus Dedicated space for your entertainment needs in your home. These apply to every single style of home and walk of life.

Dedicated Space

  • Ultimate performance: A dedicated space lends itself to a system designed to deliver ultimate performance. If you are looking for a no-holds-barred home theater installation, the dedicated space is likely the way to go.
  • Controlled light: Dedicated rooms are ideally built with no windows so the room can be made pitch black which is optimum for best picture quality.
  • Entry control: Typically featuring only one door, a dedicated space makes it easy to ensure that no one is walking in front of the screen. Also, if you want to view something that isn’t family-friendly, being able to control access to the room is essential.
  • Sound control: It is easier to soundproof a dedicated space. This means both keeping loud sounds in and keeping distracting noises out.
  • System design: A dedicated room lends itself to ideal placement of speakers and seating. Also, the room’s shape can be tailored for optimal acoustic performance. Dedicated spaces also are much better suited for projection systems, which provide the most cinematic experience.
  • Décor: It is easier to select components based on performance rather than aesthetic concerns in a dedicated space. You can also select dark colors for fabrics and finishes to optimize video performance.


  • Limited use: A dedicated home theater is not much use for any other activities besides watching movies and TV.
  • Separate system: If this won’t be the only entertainment system in the home, it means the budget will need to be split between multiple systems.

Open Space

  • More frequent use: Without having to get up and relocate yourself or a group to a separate room to watch movies, the system will likely be used more.
  • One system, best system: With this likely being the primary viewing system in the home, the entire budget can be put into one system. This will ensure maximum performance.
  • More social: An open space is more inviting than a closed-in, darkened home theater. With seating typically in the form of couches and love seats, the viewing experience is more social.
  • Availability: Every home has a room that can be used.Open Space Theater Room


  • Décor: Design considerations and compromises will often have to be made to allow the system to blend in with the home’s décor. This can sometimes compromise equipment selection.
  • Noise control: With no doors to contain the sound, loud viewing is more apt to bother other people in the home. Likewise, outside noises are more likely to disturb viewers.
  • Light control: Open spaces often have many windows to let in natural lighting. This can cause glare on the screen and make the room less suitable for a projection system.
  • Design: Locating speakers in optimum locations can sometimes be challenging in an open space. Also, component selection may need to be based more on looks than on performance.

If you would like to talk more about your specific needs or have more questions about your space, give us a call:


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