Home cinemas used to only exist in the homes of the rich and famous. Not anymore. More and more homeowners in the UK are converting their garages, sheds or other unused rooms in their homes to create a movie lover’s paradise.
In this guide we take a look at the average home cinema installation cost in the UK. If you love films and have the space in your home, it could be time to create your own entertainment haven. It’s not cheap to install a home cinema, but for many homeowners, it’s a home improvement that’s well worth the cost.
Especially in post-COVID times, where going to the cinema isn’t what it used to be, having your own home cinema is a real win.
|Average home cinema installation||£15,000|
|Basic home cinema installation||£3,250|
|Mid-range home cinema installation||£8,450|
|High spec home cinema installation||£17,250+|
|Home cinema control system||£1,500|
|Home cinema lighting||£750|
|Home cinema seating (per person)||£1,200|
How much does a home cinema cost?
The average cost for home cinema installation is around £15,000. But this price can vary massively, depending on the specific setup that you choose. There are a number of key factors that will influence the total cost, including:
- Size of the room
- Type of equipment
- Spec / quality of equipment used
- Any electrical or soundproofing work needed
- Where you live
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The average price of a home theatre is now much cheaper than it used to be. There are now a lot more affordable options for entertainment equipment. To help you plan a budget for your home cinema project, it’s useful to look at the average spec for your equipment.
They are usually split into basic, mid-range and high-end systems.
Basic home cinema installation price – £3,250
If you have a modest budget for your home cinema, you can keep the cost down by using a large TV instead of a screen and projector. This is a great option if your room is on the smaller side as you might not have the space for a projector setup. This budget generally assumes you’re using an existing room in your home with no conversion or prep work needed.
Mid-range home cinema installation price – £8,450
If you have a slightly bigger budget to work with, you’ll still be looking at using a large TV within your home cinema – you can push this budget up if you want to use a projector. You might also want to consider in-wall speakers instead of floor-standing subwoofer to really upgrade the quality of the surround sound. This price range for your home cinema assumes you’re using a specific space in your home, maybe a new or extended area.
High-end home cinema installation price – £17,250+
For those of you with a lot of money to invest your home cinema, there is no limit to how much you can spend. You can opt for the very latest, top-of-the-range projector equipment and increase the number and quality of speakers. You could even splash out for a full-on Dolby Atmos speaker system for a truly epic cinema experience.
Other home cinema installation costs
Although the entertainment equipment takes up a large chunk of the overall price of your home theatre, there are a few other costs to consider:
You want to make sure the room you’re using for your home cinema has the best acoustics possible. Your choice of furnishing will help create the room’s acoustics but it’s often a good idea to get professional advice from a home cinema expert. This includes soundproofing the room to make sure noise doesn’t disturb the rest of the house.
If you’re having a home cinema you want to be able to control everything from the palm of your hand. An integrated control system will not only let you turn the equipment on and off, you’ll also be able to dim the lights, switch inputs and operate all the individual equipment units.
The cost of a control system varies depending on the processor, handset and type of programming, but you’re looking at a price from around £1,500.
The lighting in your home cinema is important to get right, as it makes a huge difference to the look and feel of the room. All lights in your home cinema should be remote controlled and dimmable. As well as the main lighting you can also get task lighting for the seats so don’t spill your drink or popcorn.
The average cost of home cinema lighting is in the region of £750.
One of the most important elements for your enjoyment of your home cinema is the seating you choose. Whether it’s cinema style seating or sofas, you want to make sure they’re as comfortable as possible and ideally have a motorised reclining function.
The average cost for home cinema seating is about £1,250 per person.
If you’re on the fence, here are some great reasons to start planning your home cinema installation.
1. The ultimate movie experience (with no hassle)
You’ll never have to traipse to the cinema again. You can enjoy the full cinema experience with all the highs, lows, laughs and cries of your favourite films from the comfort of your own home.
2. A perk for the whole family
Whether you’re watching a Disney classic with the kids, or a rom-com with your other half – a home cinema is an addition to your home that can be enjoyed by every member of the family.
3. Front row seat for sports lovers
For sports fans, a home cinema gives you the front row experience without having to set foot out of the front door. Watching your favourite footy team on a giant HD screen with surround sound is priceless.
4. Amazing gaming
Gamers out there will appreciate how much your entertainment setup affects your gaming experience. With superior quality screen and sound effects, it feels like you’re in a whole new world – literally.
5. Tailor the perfect setup for your home
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ for home cinemas, so you can choose the best equipment to suit your space and budget. Whether it’s a modest room or an entire basement, you can tailor your home cinema to your individual needs.
Useful home cinema installation checklist
- Home cinemas should always be created in places with adequate space to ensure a decent viewing experience.
- Look at how commercial cinemas are decorated for inspiration – dark and/or carpeted walls to help with the transfer of sounds and light.
- You can adjust your home cinema spec to match your budget and space limitations.
- Speak to your local home cinema experts for their professional advice.
- Consider the need to add soundproofing and other acoustic treatment.
- If converting a garage or basement, make sure the space is in good condition with the appropriate insulation and electricity supply.
- Shop around for fair and competitive home cinema installation costs.
- Always hire tradespeople with experience and relevant qualifications or accreditations.
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