Whether you’re the host or the guest, we can all agree that seating is a huge part of the home theater experience. Who wants to sit through a Batman marathon on a lumpy old couch? For the perfect home seating, it’s important to keep some key considerations in mind so that you can keep a good balance between cost, comfort, and getting the right mood you’re seeking for your home theater.
1. Consider Your Audience
Chances are that when you’re investing in a home theater, you’re not just looking forward to lavish parties for impressing special guests. You’ll want to also make sure that it’s comfortable for lazy Sundays with the family. Do you have kids or pets who will want to snuggle in with you? If you have a high-traffic home theater, it’s important to choose seating that looks nice but is also durable and resistant to water, stains, and average wear-and-tear.
2. Plan the Layout in Advance
A mistake that some home theater owners make is to “jump the gun” when it comes to choosing seats. Before you make any purchases, you’ll want to consider the size and shape of the seats you’re interested in. Even further, you’ll want to consider the size and shape of the theater room itself to make sure that the seating fits comfortably and allows for the number of seats you want. Take into consideration any racks, closets, columns, doorways, and spacing between seating rows to make sure there’s ample free space.
3. Be Selective with Recliners
If you’re looking for the ultimate home theater experience, you may be looking at reclining seats. But be careful – not all recliners are created equal. Your typical home recliner will probably lean back farther than the comfortable range, which will make it difficult to still see the screen while you’re lounging. Opt for specially-made theater recliners so that viewers are still propped at a good angle to make sure they don’t miss any of the action.
4. Don’t Skimp on the Accessories
While you may be perfectly content with standard home theater seats, some will go the extra mile by choosing accessorized seating. In addition to more standard options like reclining abilities and footrests, you can also look into seating that offers heating and massage options, lighted cup holders, tray tables, or even iPad mounting for today’s tech-savvy families.
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