No matter what your budget, you'll want to invest it wisely. Set aside approximately 50 percent of your entire budget to invest in a single item. Then, decide what you want people to remember when viewing a movie at your house. If you want them to remember the ambiance, you might want to invest your money in a new recliner or a vintage popcorn machine. On the other hand, if you want them to remember the quality of the viewing experience, you may want to invest in a new TV or a Blu-ray player. Whatever you choose to invest in, you'll feel good knowing you didn't have to cut corners on every purchase.
The little touches you add to your space can go a long way towards making your movie room feel like a movie room. Things like wall sconces and vintage movie posters don't cost all that much, but they add a lot of panache. You can also look for specialty theater signs and movie reels to spice up your space.
When looking for furniture and theater equipment, don't be afraid to look at thrift stores and outlets. Most thrift stores have a wide selection of pillows, coffee tables and side tables for a nominal cost. If the idea makes you cringe a little, just imagine the items with a new fabric cover or a quick coat of paint. In most cases, they'll look as good as new.