Most people only ever manage to build home theaters in their dreams.
As such, those of us who get to turn that dream into a reality take the opportunity seriously.
Everything from the lighting to the projector has to be perfect, so we consider all of the possible design ideas.
One element of the viewing experience that people might overlook, however, is their home theater seating options. Some people, for example, quickly settle for traditional theater seats without doing further research. Others don’t give a second thought to the material their seats are made of.
You, on the other hand, won’t make the same mistakes because we’re giving you the rundown on what type of seating you should choose for your home theater in 3…2…1…
Deciding On Materials
Even when people aren’t being extremely picky about their home theater seating options, they always know that they want something comfortable at the very least. As you’ll soon find, though, comfort is not determined by material alone.
That said, we’ll be going over two popular materials in this section: leather and suede. We’ll talk preferences, climate, and more.
The smell of leather is familiar to many of us. Many of our viewing experiences at theaters have often been accompanied by it.
Even so, it’s not always ideal for theater seating. It has its limitations, the biggest of which is its lackluster ability to trap warmth.
To be fair, we’re not saying that your leather seats will make you cold. Leather can, in fact, provide varying degrees of warmth. Top-grain leather, for example, provides less warmth than some types of synthetic leather.
The fact remains, however, that leather is not the warmest material you could choose for your personal theater.
Despite that fact, we’re not warning you away from leather. There are plenty of reasons to choose leather over some other materials.
If, for instance, you live in a warmer clime, leather could be just the thing you need. It would certainly keep you cooler as you watched movies in your home theater.
We also feel the need to point out that leather is more resistant to stains than some other options. Keep in mind, though, that not all leather is created equal. Top-grain leather, for example, happens to be more stain resistant than other types of leather.
Yes, we know: Suede is a type of leather. Still, we chose to give this material its own section because it’s a markedly different type of leather. “Markedly different” here means that it is leather with a napped surfaced.
Suede can completely change your viewing experience in a couple of ways. First and foremost, it tends to be a little more expensive than other types of leather. It’s definitely the material to choose if you’re building your theater on a budget.
Further still, the material is thinner and more fragile. You can more easily stain and damage it than you can other types of leather.
Of course, suede has its advantages. It’s soft to the touch, and it provides a ton of warmth. It’s a great choice for people who live in colder climes.
And, obviously, not such an ideal choice for, say, Californians who can’t beat the heat.
Choosing a Type of Seat
Now that we’ve worked out what kind of materials are suited to certain situations, we can talk about choosing a type of seat. Many of us are used to sitting in traditional theater seats, but home theater seating options go far beyond traditional.
Let’s take a look at some of the options you have for your home theater.
Chaise loungers allow many viewers what some think of as the ultimate level of comfort. Some of them give viewers the ability to practically lie down and watch films.
And, yes, you can throw love seats and sofas in here as well. Some people do include these things in their home theaters.
While they’re comfortable, there are some drawbacks. For one, they’re large, so you can’t fit many in your theater. It’s also not as easy to mount them if you have a tiered floor.
We’d also argue that it’s not very practical to mount them in many cases.
Traditional Theater Seats
Traditional theater seats are more limited than the other options we’ve listed here. They’re still, however, solid options and can be comfortable.
They’re especially nice if you have a tiered floor. Traditional theater chairs are easy to mount. Not only that, but they take up considerably less space than chaise loungers.
Oh, and they might also be a bit cheaper than chaise loungers depending on what material they’re made of.
As an added bonus, they’ll probably add value to your home since you’ll probably be less inclined to detach them from the floor than your chaise loungers when it’s time to move.
Reclining seats provide viewers with the best of both worlds. They allow viewers to either sit as they would in a traditional seat or get somewhat close to lying down as if they were in a chaise lounger.
As a result, some people just settle for reclining seats. They can’t be bothered to poll everyone they know and find out their preferences.
But, hey, who could blame them? Reclining seats are an excellent compromise.
Regardless of which type of you seat you choose, just make sure that you place your seats nicely. Take the room’s size into consideration and place the seats accordingly. The last thing you want is nice seats that give you and your visitors a less than optimal view of the screen.
Perfecting Your Home Theater Seating & Experience
Yep. We’ve made a huge deal out of home theater seating options here today.
But we regret nothing because sometimes the right seat makes the movie.
Now that you’ve worked your seating arrangements out, how about you start focusing on upgrading your projector? If you’ve taken a look around our site, you already know how eager we are to help you out in that area.
And if you’ve already perfected your home theater experience? How about sharing the love with everyone else? There are plenty of readers who would love to hear about how you’ve designed your theater.