Home Theater Furniture: A Design and Arrangement Guide

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine what your dream home theater experience would be like. State of the art sound systems, high-quality picture, luxurious seating…it sounds like a dream, right?

Well, with the technology available today, your dream home theater is within reach. But having all that ready to go and arranging it for maximum enjoyment are two very different things. So how do you arrange it for the best experience?

Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’re here to tell you all about how to design and arrange your home theater furniture! So grab your popcorn and let’s get started!

Know Your Audience When Placing Your Home Theater Furniture

When trying to arrange your theater room furniture, the first thing you’ll want to consider is who you expect to use this theater the most often. Is it going to be the new home base for the resident film buff in your family, or is it getting used for your Super Bowl watch parties?

Once you have an idea of the exact number, you can arrange your furniture around making sure the entire audience can see the screen in all its glory. You’ll also want to arrange the furniture to make sure everyone can exit and move around their seats without stepping on others.

The Picture Part of Motion Pictures

Another thing you’ll want to consider with placing your theater furniture is getting the best visual experience from your screen or monitor. A general rule of thumb is to measure the long side of your TV. Then, multiply that measurement by 2 for the minimum viewing distance, or 5 for the maximum.

The definition of your picture also plays a critical role. The higher the resolution, the closer you can sit to the screen and still get strong picture quality.

Keep in mind, however, that not everything you watch will get calibrated to the visual fidelity of your TV. As a result, you will want to adjust your seating if you want to view a 480p video at maximum quality even if using a 4K monitor.

Navigating these angles changes if you plan to use theater-style seating too. To avoid the headache of getting stuck in the first two rows in a conventional movie theater (we all know the feeling) test different angles for your seats to see what works. You’ll also want risers to boost the seat’s height to allow an equal viewing experience.

Come on Feel the Noise

In addition to compensating for how your audience sees the picture, you’ll also want to work around how they hear the sound. Keep them several feet away from the back wall to make sure the sounds get to them and several feet away from the speakers to prevent their bodies from absorbing the brunt of the sound waves.  Ask for advice from the home theater store on how to best install your new sound system and get the best of it.

Lights, Camera, Action!

So now that you know all about how to place your home theater furniture, you’re ready to craft the ultimate movie-going experience right at home! For more on how to design your home to fit your every need, check out the other posts on our blog!

So sit back and watch all of Friends for the 20th time in style. We won’t judge.

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