How to Create a Home Cinema

Get the popcorn popping and the blankets warm and ready for snuggles – we’ve got the top tips to enjoy the real cinema experience at home.

Everyone loves a good movie – be it horror, action-packed or a chick flick. What all movie-goers can agree on is that there’s nothing like that cinema experience to enjoy a much-anticipated film.

Well, we’re here to tell you that you can have that same experience (if not better!) in the comfort of your very own home. And here’s how:

Transform your floor

Have you ever walked into a cinema that had tiles or floorboards? Neither have we. If you don’t have an extra room to revamp into a cinema, simply switch up the underfoot of your living room with added layers.

Aside from it being cosy and warm on your toes, carpet (or a rug) is an essential when it comes to creating that familiar cinema environment.

A rug prevents extra noise and clacking from people walking in and out of the space – we all know that one person who decides to get an extra blanket or another bowl of snacks half way through the film!

The colour and size of your rug is essential too. Just like the real thing, we’re vouching for large, as-dark-as-can-be rugs. They won’t reflect the glare of your screen, and they emphasises darkness, which brings us to our next tip…

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Oslo Shag Rug in black from Rug Republic, available online at Zanui.

Drape the curtains

The cinema is all about darkness (in the most comforting way). The lack of colour in the room leaves us immersed in the film and focused entirely on the screen.

In most other homely contexts, we’re all for windows and open spaces. This time we’re calling for all the windows to be shut and the curtains to be drawn. The thicker your curtain, the darker your space. Easy-peasy!

Also note that pre- and post-movie, dimmed lighting is sufficient enough and keeps the aura of the cinema room without the uncomfortable switch to brightness.

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We love the grand entrance of draped curtains! Image source:

Redefine cinema seating

No-one wants to sit through a two-hour movie in utter discomfort. Cinema lounge seats are typically hugging and cushioned well. Opt for similar seating in your space.

Recliners, armchairs and beanbags are amongst our favourites (did we mention beanbags?). Here’s where we can take full advantage of being at home: add cushions, throws and blankets to your seating for the ultimate cosy experience (even better than the real deal!).

Coordinating with your rug, go for plain cushions that are more about the plush texture than colourful design – you’ll be sitting in the dark after all! cropped
Classy, timeless and relaxing: Replica Eames Leather Lounge Chair & Ottoman from Replica Charles & Ray Eames, available online at Zanui. Image source:

Cater for your snacks

If there’s anything you don’t want, it’s guests ditching their popcorn bowl on the next seat because they’ve got nowhere else to put it. It’s a recipe for disaster – a popcorn landslide and a downpour of soda. Sticky mess? No thanks.

Cater for your sweet and savoury goodies with a couple of side tables. Keep them out of the path, otherwise your sticky mess will also include a ruined tabletop! Instead, put them within reach but beside seats, and opt for round tabletops for less hazardous bumps in the dark.

Again, practical design is important. Nesting tables are convenient if you’re tight on space – simply tuck away when the credits start rolling!

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Who doesn’t love refreshments? Mansion Stemless White Wine Glass, 500ml (Set of 6) from Maxwell & Williams, available online at Zanui.


Natalie Milad is a content and blog writer who studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since her graduation in 2016, she has landed a gig at Zanui. Her days not writing are usually filled with DIY projects, floury benchtops and tending to her bunny. Natalie loves animated short films, animals and Christmas. She has experience in script writing, news reading and interviewing. Among her favourites was interning for The Bridal Bazaar.