Home Theater Seating
Whether you have a full blown custom home theater or you aspire to bring that theatrical vibe to your living room, chances are you’ve considered buying some home theater seating. It wasn’t too long ago that your only option for cinematic recliners was through specialized seating manufacturers. Nowadays every discount furniture place in town has inserted cup holders into their recliners and labelled them as cinema lounges. You owe it to yourself to dig a little deeper before you shell out your hard earned cash on some new seating.
In any custom designed home theater the seating requirements should be considered as part of the system just like your speakers and electronics. Careful planning and size requirements need to be considered to factor in the size of the room and number of seats required, the seating configuration is designed to be deployed to match the acoustic framework of the room so every person seated is receiving the same audible experience.
By design purpose built theater chairs promote a good viewing position and are available in custom sizes to suit any size audience. Unlike conventional recliners purpose built theater seating extends the footrest before the back reclines preserving your line of sight for viewing and minimizing your seats footprint in the room. Another superior feature to custom theater seating is its zero wall mechanism, as a result of this design seats can be fully reclined with only five inches clearance required behind each seat from the upright position. These are very important and practical features to be aware of when designing your room layout.
Custom designed movie theater seating can be engineered to include a plethora of accessories like swivel mounts for touch panels, theatrical lighting, USB inputs, retractable arms, cup holders, and storage compartments to name just a few. None of this would carry much weight however if they weren’t made of solid construction. No particle board, wood glue and staples holding these babies together. Quality theater seating is built to commercial standards using metal to metal connections and hardwood sub frames. Comfort and support are paramount for theater seating and quality designs use a combination of memory foam gel and high density foam so the seats return to their original shape after use. Don’t be fooled that for the 30 seconds you sit in a new seat at the store and it feels soft and comfortable that it will feel that way after 2 hours watching a movie, especially after you’ve been using it for 6 months.
As much as things change they also remain the same, you get what you pay for period! I encourage you to take these few tips into consideration when you’re considering purchasing new cinema seats or embarking on a DIY cinema design.