Online estate agency Tepilo discusses the growing trend of home cinemas and explains how homeowners can create their own.
In an age of Netflix, Amazon Video and NOW TV, could a home cinema be the latest must-have feature for prospective property buyers?
As cinema attendances continue to dwindle and more Brits are staying in to watch films or binge the latest boxset, having a home cinema or space to create one could provide homeowners who are looking to sell their property with a timely boost.
According to new research, 63% of Brits would rather stay at home to watch films than go out to the cinema. Meanwhile, 35% said they now have a room dedicated to creating the home cinema experience.
The survey of 1,000 Brits, carried out by AppliancesDirect.co.uk, revealed that the reasons for staying in were due to the rise of streaming services like Netflix as well as the money saving benefits of watching the box at home.
How to create your own home cinema
The appetite for home cinemas clearly exists, but how do you go about creating one?
First thing's first, you need to decide which space in your home is best suited to fulfilling this purpose. Do you have a spare room which is neglected or maybe you have some garage or basement space which is currently being underutilised?
It's important to pick a space which has privacy, is not a walkthrough to other parts of the home and is comfortable for those long viewings sessions. You need to create a space which allows viewers to lock themselves away and fully immerse themselves in the viewing experience.
When it comes to the decor, comfort and cosiness need to be at the forefront of everything you do. You'll need plenty of places to sit - from armchairs and sofas to beanbags and cushions. A thick and warm carpet would increase the room's appeal further and you need to make sure the lighting is right. Some fairy lights could provide atmosphere, while it adds to the cinematic experience if the room's main lighting can be dimmed.
What technology do you need?
Of course, all you really need to set up a home cinema room is a TV. As you might expect, though, there are plenty of more advanced pieces of kit that are exciting consumers.
According to AppliancesDirect's research, 43% of those surveyed who have a home cinema have purchased a 4K TV to enhance their viewing experience. Meanwhile, just under a fifth have a Blu-ray DVD player and 17% have bought speakers to improve their sound system.
A further selection of participants said they have opted to install a projector - a staple piece of home cinema equipment.
Extras that could make all the difference
Once you've got the decor and technological side of things sorted, you can start to think about the finishing touches which could really make your home cinema stand out.
A fridge to keep food and drink cold would really add a touch of luxury, not to mention no longer having to go to the kitchen for refreshments while you're watching something.
On top of this, to really instil an authentic cinema vibe, you could look into installing a popcorn or candy floss machine. If you're going the whole hog, you could also look to get your hands on some TV and film memorabilia or even put some of your favourite quotes up on the wall.
Adding value to your home is so important
Now you may not have the facilities for a home cinema nor want to create one. However, this research shows the importance of keeping up with the latest trends and buyers' must-have features when selling a property.
If you can show a prospective buyer where in your home they could create their very own cinema, this could be hugely beneficial to your chances of impressing them and contribute towards securing an offer at your asking price or above.
As a homeowner, adding value to your property is so important - particularly when you come to sell. Whether you choose to install a home cinema, get an extension or just finish off all the odd jobs you've been meaning to do, putting in the effort and investment now could earn you a significant amount of money in the future.