Ways To Mark Elevation Changes In Your Home Theater

Posted on: 12 December 2019

If you have the space and the budget, you can build a home theater that has different levels of seating — much in the same manner as you find at movie theaters. Having two or more rows of seats on different levels will allow everyone to clearly see the screen, whether you're having friends over to watch a game or your children are having a movie night with their friends. Elevation changes to accommodate the seating in your home theater means that there's a fall risk — someone may fail to notice the change in the flooring and take a tumble. Here are some effective ways to mark the flooring elevation changes.


When you visit a movie theater and make your way up and down the stairs, you'll notice that there are built-in lights to the stair risers. They illuminate the individual stair treads, which can go a long way towards reducing the risk of someone falling. Talk to your remodeling contractor about making a similar addition to your home theater stairs. It's simpler than you might think to run wiring beneath the elevated platforms and have small LED light fixtures installed in each of the stair risers.

Bright Accents

Another option that you can consider to draw attention to the flooring elevation changes in your home theater is to put bright accents along the edges of each of the stair treads. Any home improvement store will carry the supplies that you need for this project. A basic option is to place brightly colored reflective tape along the edges of each change in elevation. If you're painting the stairs, another option is to paint an inch or so along each edge in a different color of paint. Something in white with some sparkles in it, for example, can definitely stand out, even when the room is dark.

Texture Change

Drawing attention visually to the edges of each elevation change in your home theater is effective, but you can also make people aware of these changes by feel. For example, if you're going to carpet each of the different levels of seating, place metal or rubber strips along each outer edge. As someone walks in the area, he or she will be aware of the textural change underfoot and should pause to look down. Upon doing so, the person will be aware of the level changes and know to step carefully while in your home theater space.

Contact a provider of products for home theater systems to learn more today.