How Do You Make A Cinema Room Cosy?

A purpose-built cinema room provides a premium escape for the modern family, but how can you make the space cosy? In this blog post you will find the answers.


There is a moment in the cinematic viewing experience when the overhead lights fade, the conversation around you stops, and the blockbuster begins. As your favourite actors take to the screen, the challenges of everyday life seem to melt away, fading - much like the lights - until they are almost forgotten about entirely. 

For many people, the cinema offers an escape, and having a purpose-built room in your home dedicated to the medium makes that escape far more private. If you are incorporating somewhere to enjoy films into the fabric of your home, you have an added advantage over the typical moviegoer; you can customise the design in any way you want. But how do you elevate your cinema room from a simple screen-and-seat setup to something significantly more cosy?

In this blog post, we hope to answer that question by suggesting design tips, influences that you might like to incorporate and, of course, the type of furniture that shouts ‘lights, comfort, action’.

Before we explore those tips, let’s define exactly what we mean by a cinema room.

What is a cinema room?

A cinema room is a space dedicated to watching films, sporting events or other entertainment content within the comfort of your own home. As home cinema specialists, we can advise on the design and provide both supply and installation. If, for example, you have lots of room, you might opt for our ‘Executive’ option, a fully immersive cinema room with unparalleled audio quality and crisp image quality - bringing movies to life. On the other hand, we also offer ‘Director’ and ‘Producer’ options for designs where space might be limited or you would like to blend your cinema room with other spaces (such as the kitchen or dining room). 

How do you make a cinema room cosy?

To make your cinema room cosy - or cozy, depending on where you are in the world - it’s important to take a holistic approach to the overall design. This should encompass things like aesthetics, textures and technologies, all of which contribute to a positive viewing experience. 

First and foremost, let’s get comfortable.

Focus on the seating

When you book tickets at a public cinema, you are often presented with a seating layout, allowing you to choose exactly where you want to sit. In your private cinema room, you can choose the best seats in the house. The location of these seats is important - not too close to the screen that you’re craning your neck, but not too far away that you’ll need a pair of binoculars to see what’s going on - but the type of chair you sit on is what’s really important for cosiness.

In theory, the chairs should tick three boxes - comfort, support, and functionality. The result is likely to be a wonderfully oversized recliner that tilts, swivels, has plenty of padding and, of course, features a holder for your drinks and snacks. 

But what if you could take that chair one step further? 

Perhaps you might consider incorporating a massage function, allowing the stresses of the day to vibrate away; charging ports to keep your phone handy; interactive feedback that is linked to the action on the screen (likening the experience to a 4D screening); and even biometric sensors that subtly optimise the chair’s position.

Ultimately, having chosen the cinema seating, your attention should be on the screen, not on trying to get comfortable in a chair that simply falls short of the magic mark.

Install a climate control system

Speaking of comfort, there are few things worse than feeling too hot or too cold while you are watching a film (perhaps aside from the sound of rustling sweet wrappers!). Rather than wrestling with a radiator to find the happy medium for you and your guests, a state-of-the-art climate control system can help to regulate and maintain the temperature, humidity, and air quality within an enclosed space. It can do so automatically, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your chair and potentially missing an important climactic and consequential moment on screen.

What’s more, the climate control system can treat individual zones differently, so your cinema room can be kept and a cosy 24°C while the rest of your home can maintain a lower temperature while it’s not occupied, improving the overall energy efficiency significantly.

Incorporate art deco design

Embark on a journey back to the enchanting era of the 1920s, the golden age of cinema, by seamlessly blending Art Deco features into your design. It was a period marked by the emergence of sound in films and the iconic presence of Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart, Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and Clark Gable. By embracing the glamorous Art Deco, you breathe life into the space, transforming it from functional to stylishly comfortable and, thus, cosy.

You might, for example, choose a colour palette of deep burgundies, navy blues, and emerald greens, complemented by metallic accents in gold or silver. You could also fill the space with bold geometric patterns, retro movie posters, velvet curtains to flank the screen, and even an overhead chandelier 

These were the roaring 20s. Encapsulating them can make your cinema room sing.

Install complementary lighting

All of the action might be contained within your screen, but the visual interest doesn’t have to stop there. Instead, LED lighting installed around the perimeter of your cinema room and behind the screen can create an immersive experience, whereas dimmable fixtures can make the space feel cosy and give you the power to lower the lights and let the cinematic fun begin. By choosing customisable lighting, you also have the added benefit of being able to change the space into a reading room, for example, when the screen isn’t in use. Lights, therefore, add versatility, immersion, and comfort.

Consider your vertical options

A cinema room without bespoke fabric panelling, long-drop curtains or three-dimensional wallpaper is like your favourite film without some of the supporting cast. Something about their incorporation whispers cosiness, screams style, and can even conceal speakers without your fellow movie-watchers even knowing. Those might sound like bold claims to make, but if you need convincing, look no further than our portfolio, highlighting some of the blockbuster projects we’ve worked on. There was the living room cinema build in Hereword, the wine cellar conversion in Essex, the renovation in Canterbury, and plenty more besides!

Optimise your technology

There is a reason why you have a cinema room in your home; you likely enjoy the cutting-edge quality of the sound and picture, and want to capture both of those within a domestic setting. It would, therefore, prove to be disappointing if the sound was tinny, the visuals blurry, and the lighting inadequate. A sub-par viewing experience can put you on edge throughout the feature, preventing you from relaxing and making it quite an uncomfortable experience.

It is, therefore, vital that you entrust the planning, providing and installing of any cinema equipment to experienced specialists who have delivered countless projects of this scale, who take a holistic approach to everyone and can share in the joy of delivering an unparalleled experience at home.


A cinema room is so much more than simply showing a film on a big screen. Much like taking a trip to your favourite independent venue, it is an experience, and one that should take comfort into consideration to ensure you and your guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy your chosen film. While we can’t tell you to turn off your mobile phones, we can tell you that our team of experts can make sure your cinema room is cosy. From the planning phase, through to choosing products, installing them and adding the finishing touches, we can help. Speak to us today.