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Home Theatre Seating

Are you surprised to see that this subject has a topic of its own? That is because after someone spends the big bucks to get a very nice home theatre system, the aspect of home theatre seating is usually last on their minds. But it should not be. Proper seating is critical to the ultimate enjoyment of your home theatre investment.

Make sure you don’t make this same mistake. Yes, you need to plan for the type of screen you want from the myriad of choices, where to place it, what kind of surround sound system to get for it, where to put the speakers, what options to get with the receiver and amplifer … but plan for the home theatre seating too. Unless you have a gym-sized room and plan to watch your big screen TV with the entire football team and cheerleading squad, you probably don’t want (or can afford) a few dozen Barco loungers in your viewing area. At the same time, you don’t want to use plastic folding chairs, since your viewing audience will likely not make it through the opening credits of the movie before they start to get uncomfortable.

First of all, consider the characteristics of the viewing angle of your system, which is based on the technology you have chosen. Rear projection systems, for example, typically have poor viewing from angles that are very far away from dead on, whereas this same viewing angle issue is not a problem with plasma or LCD screens. DLP screens have this problem somewhat, although not as markedly as rear projection systems. In fact, if you consider the home theatre seating arrangement that you desire to have, this may also influence your decision on what type of technology to use for your big screen, which is yet another reason to plan the seating at the same time you are doing the initial planning for everything else.

For the typical home theatre which probably needs to seat a family-sized group of maybe 4 to 6 people, a couple of loungers and a large sofa would be fine. Now I’m not talking about the big mamma loungers that are the size of a small Cadillac, but just a very comfortable easy chair for you to watch a movie from. Much of the decision about your home theatre seating is going to be based on the size of the room where your system is going to be installed, as well of course as your budget and particular needs.

If you really want to go that extra mile, you may want to equip your surround sound audio system with something called a “tactile transducer”, sometimes also known as a Bass Shaker. This can be attached to a couch or a lounger, and at those times in the movie when there is an earthquake or an explosion or something like that, your home theatre seating residents of the couch or lounger FEEL the action via the Bass Shaker. While some folks feel that this is going a bit too far into the Disney realm, it is neat technology that is available today and not necessarily a budget buster either. A word of caution however — if you implement this technology, it will grow on you and you will want to equip ALL the seats in your viewing area with them as time goes on!

As you shop for the perfect lounger or recliner, you will be further ahead going with quality rather than absolute lowest price. The frame should be a hard wood, not plastic or purely metal. Also note the SIZE of the piece you are considering, since the last thing you want to do as you are purchasing another seat for your home theatre seating arrangement is to have to take off your door frame to get it into the house! You would be surprised at how many people don’t consider this aspect of it and end up having to return the chair of their dreams back to the store.

Jon Arnold is an author and computer engineer who maintains various web sites on a variety of topics. More info on this topic can be found at his Home Theatre web site at http://jag-info-resources.com/home-theatre/


Choosing The Best Home Theater Furniture & Seating

Home theater furniture can actually be some of the hardest furniture that you will ever purchase. The reason is that the furniture that you get for your home theater system is not merely purchased for its aesthetic value. The type of furniture must cater to the room in which your home theater system will be housed. Moreover, the furniture must be designed in a way that is ergonomically correct for its arrangement and also the comfort of the viewers.

An example of this would be purchasing a love seat that is only comfortable while sitting in an upright position as you normally would sit. The problem with this is that most people while watching a movie are going to be hunched forward if the movie is worth watching. They may be reaching for popcorn or their drink and if the cushions in the love seat are so high that it is uncomfortable for them to lean forward, then the movie experience itself will be tainted because of this problem with the design of the furniture.

This is not a petty consideration. After all, you are paying thousands of dollars for your home theater system, so why not invest in to home theater furniture that she will actually enjoy, and that your visitors will actually be able to compliment you on when the movie is over.

Here are a few other things to consider. For instance, when considering purchasing home theater furniture, you should think long and hard before getting any kind of furniture unless it involves ergonomic seating. Ergonomic furniture is extremely important so that the viewers do not get any sort of back strain or side aches during viewing.

Think about this. Home theater seating can vary widely and depends on the experience you want and your budget. You can make do with folding chairs or that garage sale sofa, but the better your seating is the better your home theater experience will be.

One other thing to consider is that if you do not plan to use your home theater frequently you can choose home theater furniture that isn’t as comfortable or as durable or easy to clean, but keep in mind that this sort of seating may not be worth it in the long run.

One other thing to think about is how much use your home theater will see. If it will see frequent use, you will want home theater furniture that is ergonomic, as well as made of durable materials that are easy to clean.

If you want it to look like a regular movie theater in miniature, then you will most likely prefer home theater furniture that closely emulates that found in a regular theater. Alternately, if you wish to have more of a ‘honey’ look, you may wish to go with the best kind of seating that is more like traditional armchairs.

Finally, keep in mind the features you want in your home theater furniture. This will affect not only price, but ease of use, ergonomics and comfort, and ease of cleanup. Rocker and reclining seats will be more expensive, but more comfortable for all of your home theater furniture needs.

Michael Kohler is the owner of Home Theater Guide.
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