Saturday, April 4, 2015

How To Pick The Best Home Theatre Seating

By Aimee Schwartz

When setting up a home movie theatre, many consumers tend to focus most of their attention and budget on the audio and visual components, which are of course important, but so are the seats. The style, design, and layout of the theatre seating plays a bigger role in the total viewing experience than some may realize, which is why homeowners need to make sure they give consideration to each of these key points when selecting it.

Before purchasing any seats, the homeowner should sketch out the general shape of the designated room and measure its exact dimensions. The width of all hallways and doors used to access the area must also be measured, since the seating will need to pass through them. Seats should not occupy so much space that it's hard to move about freely, and there should be about 18-24 inches left between each of them.

Another thing to factor into the seating plan is the size of the screen. A comfortable viewing angle and distance is essential to a positive experience for the audience. Especially in the case of a smaller room, it is best to choose the seating first, and then follow the prescribed formula for determining the most compatible screen size.

Customers can choose from pre-made or made-to-order designs, as most manufacturers offer either option. Similarly, both power and manual adjustment styles are available. Most seats are upholstered in leather, but other materials may be used as well, including leather-match, microfiber, and vinyl. Seats with a built-in bass shaker system provide viewers with tactile sensations which coordinate with the sights and sounds on-screen.

Furthermore, seats can be configured in either full or simple recline. The former allows the viewer to fully extend the legs, while the latter allows a 5-inch recline. "Wallhugger" designs offer the ultimate in comfort while saving space, as they permit full recline even though they are positioned close to the wall. Hardwood frames provide sturdiness, and a plush, well-cushioned design absorbs more sound, maximizing the overall audio performance.

Besides the maximum seating capacity, the room's dimensions also determines what the ideal size of each seat should be, and the way in which they are arranged in the room. Viewers can sit beside each other if space allows, or it may be necessary to form rows of seats. If additional rows are anticipated, 20 inches of space need to be left on the side of each row.

If there are two rows of seats, the installation of a platform or riser is recommended for optimal viewing. Another option is alternate seat spacing, so the back seats are positioned in between those in the front row. When there is only one row, a curved arrangement is ideal, since it is designed to provide all viewers with a view comparable to that in the coveted center seat.

Whether someone has a traditional or contemporary theatre decor, seat designs come in a variety of styles, finishes, and colors to fit in perfectly with the rest of the room. A number of popular special features are also available such as storage compartments, cup holders, and snack trays. There should also be a manufacturer's warranty provided with all quality seats at the time of purchase.

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