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Todays home theater equipment provides the cinema experience in the comfort of your home, but have you given much though to seating and furniture in your media room?
Todays home theater equipment provides the cinema experience in the comfort of your home, but have you given much though to seating and furniture in your media room?
So you have the latest LCD or Plasma flat screen TV and 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound! But now what? Where does everybody sit and how do you make it easy to have food and beverages while watching your favorite movie on that new Blue Ray disc player?

Perhaps the most important part of a home theater is the seating and furnishings make your media room comfortable to watch movies or play your favorite video games!

Comfy seating truly enhances your home theater experience and makes your home theater the place where everyone in the house wants to hang out.

Media Room or Home Theater?

For the total cinema experience at home, you might consider movie theater style seating!
For the total cinema experience at home, you might consider movie theater style seating!
The first thing is to decide whether you want to set your home theater up in a dedicated home theater room. If space is limited and you want a multi-purpose room, a media room may be the better router.

A media room is more often a great room, basement or bonus room that is converted to use as a home theater, but also can be used for a computer room, game room or all purpose family and living room.

How to Budget for your Home Theater or Media Room

Price ranges for home theaters can run from as little as $5,000 or $6,000 to as much as $70,000 or $80,000 for a state-of-the-art media room. A dedicated, fully themed home theater room can cost well over $100,000, so get your checkbook ready if you decide to go all out!

You can hire a home theater expert to help you plan and execute your home theater room or do the plans yourself.

Modular media room seating is comfortable and convenient, offering a good overall value.
Modular media room seating is comfortable and convenient, offering a good overall value.
Modular Media Room Seating

While not for everyone’s budget or tastes, modular seating can be a good value and, with built-in storage, cup holders and recliners, you can get comfortable in the modular home theater setups that Lazy Boy and other retailers sell these days. These modular sofa systems are very comfy and designed to enhance your media room viewing experience!

Movie Theater Style Seating

If you have the budget and really want to go all out, then installing movie theater style seating is a great way to go. And if your theater is large enough, you can seat a large crowd with this option. Install wall sconces, theater drapes and red carpet for a complete movie theater theme in your home theater room!

More Formal Media Room Seating

For a room that is not used exclusively as a media room, such as a great room or family room, a more formal type of seating may be more appropriate. Some people prefer a leather sofa and matching armchairs or love seats over the modular or movie theater type of seating.

Tips for Media and Home Theater Room Design and Installation

  • Placement of your screen and seating arrangement is critical to having a good movie theater experience. Be sure your media room and flat screen television are appropriately sized; you want to get the right TV screen size for your media room.
  • You want good access to the room so that seating and other furniture are easily accessed and so that your audio and video equipment are easy to reach. A pre-manufactured media cabinet or built-in home theater cabinetry are mandatory, so be sure to plan your budget accordingly.
  • Arrange seating so that the screen is as close as possible to eye level and so that the angle of viewing is as straight on as possible.
  • Plan your media room layout completely before buying any equipment and follow the right sequence when designing and outfitting the space.
  • Start with framing and rough in construction, if needed; use a double 2×4 wall to isolate sound if appropriate, depending on the location of your media room.
  • Bring in plenty of electrical wiring and install multiple circuits to support the additional load your amplifiers and other audio/video equipment will demand.
  • Insulate your home theater room well to confine noise to the room and to ensure a comfortable climate.
  • Add ambient and accent lighting to make your media room flexible so that lighting can be lowered and raised as needed; dimmers are a great way to help control lighting levels in the media room.
  • Sheetrock, paint, install cabinetry or pre-made media center and, finally, install your flooring. While you may like the look of hard surfaces, using carpet and putting some kind of tapestries, theater-style curtains or other soft materials on the walls improves sound acoustics.
  • If you are handy, buy cabling in bulk and make the video and audio connectors yourself to save money versus buying over-priced pre-made cabling.
  • Be sure to run speaker wires to the wall and ceiling location before you sheetrock; installation of speaker mounting hardware may be done before or after sheetrock, depending on the type of brackets you buy. Plan accordingly.
  • This will be less expensive than buying pre-made cables. You can buy the parts and tools that you’ll need at any local electronics store.
  • If you are retrofitting speaker cabling, you may be able to run wires under the flooring or use Wire Mold or similar products to help conceal speaker wires. Avoid using wireless speakers; the sound quality is completely inferior and the cost is much higher!
  • Organize your component cabling with wire ties and be sure to label everything; you’ll be glad you did later as you need to reconfigure components!

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