Building your own personal home theater can be very exciting, since you'll be getting a cinematic experience from the comfort of your very own home. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made along the way that can cause your setup to not be ideal. Avoid these common mistakes for a better experience.

Forgetting the Surge Protector

As you install more components to your home theater, like a video-game console or a Blu-ray player, you may find yourself running out of power outlets. Don't make the mistake of going with a cheap power strip, since you'll need a surge protector to properly protect your high-end electronics. You need more than just additional outlets.

Buying Features You Do Not Need

When building the home theater of your dreams, people often go for the most high-end equipment they can find. Before you buy something, ask yourself: do you really need it? Stop and think about what features you actually need for the theater and avoid overspending on equipment that has features you do not even understand.

For example, if you are installing a 5.1 surround-sound setup, you do not need an audio receiver that can do 7.1 surround sound. For cables, even the most basic cables will get the job done right. You do not need to spend money on Monster cables with gold-plated connections on them.

Adding Too Many Speakers

A 7.1 surround sound setup may seem like it's much better than a 5.1 surround sound setup, but is it necessary? Not if you do not have the room for it. Look into speaker-placement guides for where speakers need to go. If you cannot place them properly in the room based on where you are sitting, then don't pay for a speaker that is not doing what it is intended to do.

In small rooms where the couch is against the back wall, a 5.1 surround-sound setup may not even be necessary since the rear speakers will be too close to your sides, rather than behind you. In this case, stick to stereo speakers for a better experience.

Not Considering the Flow of the Room

The last thing you want is for people to be constantly walking in front of the screen while you are trying to enjoy your home theater. When possible, consider the flow of traffic through the room and make alterations. This could include moving the seating closer to the television so that people can walk behind you rather than in front of you.

Finally, remember that you can always hire a home-theater installation company to take care of all these problems for you. To do this, contact a company like The Good Guys