The Right Choices Can Make or Break Your Viewing Experience
Seating is an often overlooked—but critical—element of home theater design. Homeowners often spend hours researching the best AV solutions for their space, but audio video components aren’t the only factor in creating the ultimate media room experience. Like any other room in your home, a home theater only adds value if you want to spend time there. Not only should technology be top-flight, but the room should also be comfortable, suit the way you live, and reflect your personal style. The right seating for your home theater will ensure not only that you have the best vantage point for viewing, but it will also create a space that you can’t wait to unwind in. Here are some questions to consider before selecting your media room seating.
How Do You Most Enjoy Viewing?
Think about the space in which you and family watch movies or sports currently. What do you love about your seating, and what do you wish you could change? Cinematech, Cineak, Moovia, and other industry leaders offer options ranging from power and manual recliners to traditional theater seats. Loveseats, sofas, and sectionals are also common. Do you most enjoy sharing a seat with a loved one, or do you need to stake out your own turf? Is a high-backed seat important? Do you like to put your feet up? Is it important to have a space for a drink or snack within easy reach? With all the custom and pre-built options available from today’s top home theater seating manufacturers, virtually any demand can be accounted for.
What’s My Home Theater Style?
When viewing films in your new space, do you want to feel as though you’ve escaped to the cinema for the night, or do you want the room to look like an extension of your home and style? Home theater seating is available in virtually every color, pattern, and fabric, and can easily accommodate any aesthetic. Looking for old Hollywood glam? Maybe declining, cinema-style, red velvet or leather seats are for you. Trying to match a more subdued, traditional palette? Look for details like tumbled leather, high-quality textiles, and nailhead trim. Consider, too, who will be using the space. If pets and young children will be enjoying the home theater fun, look for seating surfaces that can be easily wiped clean or those pre-treated for stains.
Consider, too, how long you expect your home theater to last and how much you intend to use it. For renters, or for homeowners who may need to repurpose their media rooms in the future, entry-level or mid-range chairs can provide an economical option for occasional use. This sort of seating solution shouldn’t be expected to stand the test of time in a family home, though. For customers who expect their home theater to live comfortably and impress for years to come, high quality, luxury seating from industry-leading manufacturers like Cinematech, Fortress, or Salamander Designs is well worth the money spent.
What Are the Requirements of my Space?
If you’re building a new home or addition, it’s possible to design the space around your preferred seating options. For most homeowners, though, media room seating must be selected with an existing room in mind. The dimensions and layout of your space will dictate the seating you select. An experienced audio video company can evaluate your space, suggest home theater technology that will meet your needs and advise on seating options and layout to maximize viewers’ experience. The size and location of home theater furniture can impact sound quality and viewer comfort, so consulting with an AV professional on your audio system and the size of your screen will ensure that seating and AV components work in concert, creating the best home theater experience possible.