by Tom Simpson
There is no hard and fast rule that dictates you need to spend a fortune on home theater setup. Let’s face it, most of us are working on tight budgets yet we still crave some of the pleasures in life and if you are anything like I am, then great television output in comfortable surrounds is a must.
Home Theater Surrounds
In the United States, one great asset in many homes is the trusty old basement. Ask many Americans about how they utilise their basement and most will tell you they store stuff there. If you are one of those and have been craving a private home theater area then give your basement strong consideration. Depending on it’s condition, a basement offers ideal privacy and with the structure already in place, all that is required is some upgrade and maintenance and you are good to go. Again, this all depends on the condition of the basement.
So if you have a basement check it out; if you haven’t been down there for awhile do a little surveillance work. Explore the possibility of a home theater setup.
Home Theater Decor
Home theater setup has one important aspect that can give it the feel of going to the cinemas. Simply put, it’s the decor that can set a quality home theater apart from another. Come on, if you are reading this then I assume you have a particular love for spending quality time in a sedate setting watching your favorite Star Trek re-run or the Monday night game. You want to be surrounded by the appropriate decor don’t you?
Decor can be an expensive addition if you don’t do a little due diligence. Home theater chairs, posters, pop corn machines, drink holder set ups… brand new, it can cost a lot of money. But there a ways to cut down this cost. Be prudent. Here are some helpful ways to find good cheap home theater decor:
– Flea markets are a great source for bargains. Often, hidden gems such as movie posters can be found at flea markets. Posters can set off your home theater setup just perfectly. Check your local classifieds and see if there is a local flea market held near you on a regular basis. Be prepared to travel a few extra miles
– The internet is an excellent source for seeking out home theater decor and accessories. Do a search on your favorite search engine and the results will literally jump out at you. Ebay and Amazon spring to mind as definite source candidates as well as Overstock.
– Check local classifieds. In fact, check classifieds from interstate sources as well for home theater accessories. Items like chairs can be bought very cheaply through offline classifieds so don’t ignore them as a definite source for items.
– Obviously shopping at local outlets is an alternative but if you are on a saving “binge” then again, be a little prudent. I will say though, without visiting outlets you could be missing out on short term specials so make them a shopping target at least once a month. Let the shop assistants know what you’re looking for and leave your contact details. Also, read any reviews they have to offer.
Providing you have the basics such as a TV and DVR, then home theater setup can be fun. You can definitely cut down on cost and one thing to remember if you are on a budget is… be patient.
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