Grab your popcorn, sit back, and read on. I am about to tell you something that might completely change your life and open a whole new dimension for you. You probably already know what I’m talking about – the home theatre couch. What? You didn’t see that coming? But, I thought the popcorn were good foreshadowing. OK, never mind, I may not be a good screenwriter, but I know enough about home theatre seating.
So you are ready to set up your very own home theatre. Let me tell you right away that this is the best investment you will ever make in your life and a very important one as well, which means you need to carefully consider every aspect. Obviously, you are going to have a gigantic screen, a high quality projector, an amazing sound system, lighting, a popcorn machine (yea I’m obsessed with popcorn), but you will also need comfortable seating and this is something that most people overlook. However, the seating is just as important as all the other components if you want to have the complete movie experience. As soon as you start looking for a home theatre couch you will find that you have a ton of choices and prices can get out of control very fast… as fast as the Millennium Falcon (I know, that was an awkward and out of place Star Wars reference, but I felt compelled to do it). Anyway, here are some basics regarding home theatre seating that might help you in getting it right.
First of all, you need to consider the space. Not space the final frontier, just the space you have available for your home theatre. You have to know how wide and deep is your theatre room. If you don’t know, get a measuring tape and find out since this is the most basic information you need to even start the process of choosing your seating. Obviously, you should be able to fit the seats in the room and the hallways leading to the room, but that alone is not enough. Have in mind that you need to leave space around the sides so you can have free passage. If you have multiple rows of seats, you need to leave space between them as well. Seats with recliners need additional pace than non-recliner seats.
Next, you should think about how many people you plan to have in your home theatre. If it’s going to be just you and your girlfriend most of the time, planning the theatre room for 16 people might not the wisest idea. Instead you should get a nice comfy home theatre couch so you can cuddle with your girlfriend and have additional portable seats in case you need more capacity.
Finally, consider the price and the quality of the seat and find a balance between the two. You want something that is durable and easy to clean, since you’ll be eating snacks in there all the time. Leather is always a good choice and although it can be a bit pricey, it is totally worth it and it will last for a long time.