The Best Home Theater Carpet for Looks & Sound
December 11, 2017
The Best Home Theater Carpet for Looks & Sound
You’ve got your projector, surround sound and lighting, but wait! What do you put on the floor? Use this guide on the best home theater carpet to make sure your theater sounds and looks like a million bucks.
Lights, camera, action! You’re ready to build your very own home theater. You’ve probably been dreaming of this day for years.
You’ve imagined the perfect big screen, how you will build out that sweet surround sound, and probably, you’ve even chosen the popcorn machine. Priorities, people.
The poor floor is so often forgotten. I mean, it’s just the floor, right?
On the contrary! Your floor not only sets the look for your entire home theater, but it contributes a lot to the sound quality and overall experience.
You’d be amazed how much the right floor (or the wrong floor) can affect the whole experience. Put in a hard, echoey floor and you’re going to get so much sound echoing back, you’ll miss the most important lines of the movie. Imagine watching Titanic and never hearing “I’m the king of the world!”, “Draw me like one of your French girls.” or “I’ll never let go, Jack!” (<– why are there just so many iconic quotes from this one movie?!) You might as well not even watch the movie.
So what is the best flooring for home theaters? That’s easy. Home theater carpet. Ever go to the AMC and see a tile floor in the theater? Or solid hardwood? I don’t think so. There’s a reason the big guys use carpet and you should, too.
Ever go to the AMC and see a tile floor in the theater? Or solid hardwood? I don’t think so. There’s a reason the big guys use carpet and you should, too.
Carpet, aside from providing a warm, comforting and beautiful foundation for your space, is simply the best when it comes to sound absorption. You want something that soaks up all that glorious surround sound, rather than bouncing it back to you. Carpet provides the best audio experience. Nothing else can even come close.
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Okay, so we kind of discussed this above, but now, we’ll get a little more technical for all you information nerds out there. Don’t worry, I’m totally with you. We can nerd out together,
So why is carpet necessary for optimum sound quality? It’s really pretty simple. When you have hard surfaces like wood, tile, etc., sound bounces back and forth from the floor to the ceiling. Of course, the walls absorb some of the sound as well as people and furniture, but hard surfaces definitely create the echo effect.
Carpet it special. The fibers in carpet soak up the sound like a sponge. In fact, many people opt to use carpet as not only their home theater flooring, but also as a wall covering* for their home theater.
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Using home theater carpeting on your floor and walls gives you a bonus in sound absorption and sound quality. Also, carpet is relatively inexpensive, which means you can really save up for that surround sound. Now that you’ll actually be able to enjoy it echo-free.
*Note: If you’re using a commercial space, be sure to check the fire codes – not all carpet is approved for wall covering according to fire safety codes.
Underlayment & Sound Quality
Although carpet it a great sound insulator, you probably also want to consider using a carpet pad for a little extra boost. Additionally, if you must have hard floors, a great foam or rubber underlayment will help you out with a little extra sound absorption.
It’s no secret; hard surfaces are trending right now. But carpet still holds its place as one of the most commonly purchased flooring options on the market. That’s because no other flooring can compare to the warmth and comfort of carpet.
Of course, I’m sure you’ll deck out your home theater with only the best of the best including fancy seating. However, there may come a day when you have more people than chairs. You don’t want to get a blanket and snuggle up on a nice hard patch of tile. No, thank you.
Carpet gives you a comfortable place to hang. It also provides a warm and comfortable feel the moment you enter the room. That’s what you want in your home theater.
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Home theater carpeting provides so many design options. From subtle and subdued to glowing neon, there is something for everyone and every home theater experience.
Are you more of a neutral and simple type? There are plenty of carpets with very light patterns that will be there as your base, but not draw attention away from your other decor. If you want a more simple home theater or you plan on having big, bright accents elsewhere, these are great options.
On the other hand, if you’re into big, bright and decorative, you will love so many of thesecinema carpet options. Bright, colorful patterns and designs, neon shades and even glow in the dark! These babies will be sure to bring your home theater to life.
Cleaning & Maintenance
I know what you’re thinking. Carpet is a pain to maintain. And what’s a home theater without buttered popcorn, sodas and snacks?
Have you ever had that moment of shame where you stand up at the end of a movie in the theater and realize your entire sitting area is a hot mess? I don’t know if it’s the dark or what, but this is me, like, every. single. time.
Let me let you in on a little secret about movie theater carpets: they’re so much easier to clean than traditional, plush carpet!
You see, plush carpet is thick and luxurious. It traps all your snacks and dirt and dust inside those tall fibers. It stains easily and you have to vacuum a lot to try to stay on top of it.
Home theater carpets are usually low pile, which means the carpet fibers are short. The shorter fibers naturally trap less dirt and dust. They also don’t stain nearly as easily and some are even stain and water resistant!
Yes, water resistant carpet. It’s a thing.
Added bonus! If you’re worried about staining or damaging your carpet, you can check out using carpet tiles. There are plenty of home theater carpet tiles and these babies allow you to just pull up and replace one stained/damaged tile, rather than redoing your entire floor. They are the best for messy people and the people who love messy people.
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How to Choose Your Home Theater Carpet
This is the fun part! The good news is this is usually a lot easier than choosing a traditional hard surface.
Of course, you want to make sure you’re buying a good quality carpet. But all of our home theater carpets are also rated for commercial use. That means they’re strong, durable and ready to stand up to your family and friends.
Now all you really need to decide is whether you want carpet tiles or broadloom carpet. If you think you might be prone to a lot of spills, carpet tiles might be the better choice. However, if you’re not that worried about it, you can really take your pick.
The real question comes down to what you want it to look like. That’s how I really like to make decisions. Not based on function or longevity, but “Is it pretty?”
So now all you need to do is order a few free samples of your favorite options, play around with them in your space, and decide what you like most. If only all choices were that simple.
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