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Home Theater Seating Tips and Ideas

written by: •edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 12/20/2009

When you go to a theater to watch a movie, you probably try to find the best possible place to sit. Why should your home theater be any different? Choose seating types and configurations that will allow you to sit comfortably and have an unobstructed view.

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    While you might think that comfort and a good view of the television are the only considerations you need to make when choosing home theater seating, there is much more that goes into it. Read on for tips on selecting the right size, decor and types of home theater seating, as well as tips on how to set up the seating you choose.

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    Consider Size

    Home Theater Seating Tips: Size 

    There are two considerations to take into account when deciding how much home theater seating to bring into the room. The obvious factor is the size of the room. If your home theater is in a fairly large room, you have many options such as sectionals, recliners, and floor seating. If, however, your home theater is on the smaller side, your home theater seating choices are narrowed. When you measure the room, be sure to take doors and openings into account as well as room for walking around and between the seating.

    Another aspect to consider when determining the size of your home theater seating is the typical number of guests you typically host in the room. If your home theater is usually enjoyed only by your immediate family, you can opt for a few plush, oversized chairs or recliners. On the other hand, if your home theater is the place to be for your friends, neighbors, and extended family, you will want to incorporate many different places to sit and types of seating.

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    Comfort is Key

    Home Theater Seating Tips: Pillows 

    Since you will probably be kicking back, watching full-length films or hours of television in your home theater, it is imperative that you opt for the most comfortable pieces you can afford that will fit well in the room. If you sometimes- or always- prefer to view a show while flat on your back, be sure to include at least one long sofa rather than merely a row or two of recliners or loveseats. Others may prefer the floor, so consider offering several oversized floor pillows on which kids and guests can get comfy.

    If you or a family member suffers from back or joint problems, it may be worth your while to include a recliner with wide and comfortable armrests and added lumbar support, or a chair that provides sufficient stability along with an ottoman.

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    Know Your Style

    Home Theater Seating Tips: Style 

    You may have seen photos of home theaters designed to look like minuscule cinemas or others with cutting edge, modern design. If you love this look then, by all means, go for it! There is no rule that says you must select home theater seating that looks exactly like other rooms you have seen, though. Choose seating that suits your decor style and blends with the rest of your home. For example, read Rustic Home Theater Ideas to learn about options that will suit a more rural style. Select pieces that will help you feel comfortable and in your element.

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    Stick to Your Budget

    Finally, know what you can afford and stay within those guidelines. If your budget is tight, you might want to purchase more expensive home theater seating pieces over time. In addition, look at seating pieces you already own and consider how they might work in your home theater. Slip covers can give new life to older yet comfortable chairs and sofas, and you can stitch and stuff your own huge pillows for extra coziness. Ask friends and relatives if they or others they know are looking to sell or giveaway older furnishings, and keep your eyes peeled at thrift stores, yard sales and consignment shops. You may find a unique, plush home theater seating piece that is a true bargain.

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    Get more ideas and tips for your home theater in Bright Hub articles such as Home Theater Accessories and Decorating Ideas and How to Choose Home Theater Lighting.