There’s a lot of planning that goes into creating the perfect finished basement. Things like furniture, carpet and flooring, and paint all are things that should be thought out in the planning process. Another thing to consider is the entertainment setup. Many people usually go with your typical television mounted on the wall or placed on a TV stand. But have you considered why a projector setup may be a better fit for your basement?

Adding a projector to your finished basement instead of, or in addition to a TV, has more benefits than you may think. Below are some of the biggest pros to adding a projector set up in your finished basement.

Bigger Screen

A projector is the perfect viewing experience for when you have a large number of people over to watch movies, TV shows or sporting events. Whether it’s a family movie night or having friends over to watch the big game, a projector will provide you with a massive viewing area that no televisions can match.

The most common home TV size last year was just over 55 inches, whereas for projector screens the most popular sizes are between 100 inches to about 120 inches. So even if you choose to go with one of the smaller projectors screen sizes, you’ll have a significantly bigger screen than the most common big-screen televisions. If you want to increase your TV size, the cost quickly skyrockets the larger you go.

If you want to get increase the size of your projected image, you just need to get a bigger screen. There’s no need to get another expensive projector. You can also adjust the image size on a projector using some of the different settings on your projector, or simply just moving it closer to or further from the projector screen you’re projecting onto. This allows you to adjust the image size to fit your liking much easier than with a television. The only way to do that with a television is to get an entirely new one, which can be extremely costly.

Takes Up Less Space

Another big advantage of choosing a projector over a television for your finished basement is the space that you’ll save. Compared to a TV, a projector takes up much less space as all that you need to set it up is to mount it on either the back wall or the ceiling of the room. Or if you want to avoid the hassle of a ceiling mount or avoid people walking in front of a projector mounted on the back wall, an ultra short throw projector could be a great option. Ultra short throw projectors sit close to the projection screen that you are using and still give a great picture. These projectors are designed to work in rooms with ambient light so you don’t need to have all your lights off when watching content. When you pair it with an ultra short throw projector screen you get a true television upgrade, perfect for any media room environment.

If you choose a projector over a television for your finished basement, you’ll also have no need for a stand like you would for a TV. Television stands and credenzas vary in price and you can spend basically as much as you want, but choosing a projector totally gets rid of the need for one and eliminates the stress of assembling a TV stand.

You could avoid a TV stand by mounting a television on the wall, but even wall mounts can be bulky, a pain to set up, and don’t always hide all the obnoxious wires that would be hanging down from behind your TV.

Cost-Effective: Spend Less, Get More

A great way to limit how much you’ll need to spend on a finished basement is to choose a projector over a television. You can get a quality 4K projector starting at around $1,500 and you’ll have to spend much more than that to get a TV that can rival the picture size of a projector. Any television that’s 100 inches, which is around the most popular projector screen size, starts at over $7,000. Good luck trying to find a 120 inch flatscreen television. Obviously, you can spend as much as you want on a flatscreen TV, but if you’re looking for a screen that dwarfs the size of some of the bigger televisions on the market on a budget, a projector is the way to go.

If you want to get the most out of your projector you’ll need to invest in a 4K projector screen to pair with your basement projector. A projector screen is a great addition as it provides an ideal surface that will create a super crisp and clear picture from your projector. A projector and screen combo, that will look just as good if not better than a flatscreen, will likely end up somewhere within the $3,000-$6,000 range, which is still less than most 80-100 inch TVs. Although the screen and projector together are still cheaper than most big-screen televisions, you could cut down the cost even a little more by painting one of the walls in your basement to be used to project onto rather than a projector screen. However when it comes to picture quality, you’ll need to buy a 4K cinema screen.

Creating a finished basement in your home can be an expensive process, especially if you’re starting from scratch. You’ll need to install things like walls and insulation, lights, a bathroom, running water, and furniture, on top of the costs of purchasing a projector. One of the best ways to tackle this project financially is with a home equity line of credit loan. Using this loan will allow you to use your home's equity to borrow as much money as you may need for a project such as this one. It’s also tax-deductible if used on a home improvement project.

Order Your Basement Projector Today

Setting up a projector is a great way to transform your finished basement space. Adding a basement projector also provides multiple benefits compared to your normal television setup. It’s cost-effective, provides you with a bigger image to watch that is also adjustable, and takes up less space in your basement than a TV would.

If you’re thinking about buying a basement projector and screen combo, our projection experts are here to help you! They can take you step by step to find the perfect projector for any room. Give us a call today.

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