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I have an unfinished room in our basement. It's concrete on two sides and there are no windows, so I really want to turn it into a media room or home theater. We use it for storage, and I still want to use part of the room for storage. The room is 19x19 unfinished. I have a sketch of the unfinished room below.

So ideally, I would like to avoid having the room be a dedicated theater room if possible. However, it's looking like it's just not big enough to have a flexible media room + a large storage space.

The first floor plan I came up with is a smaller closet, with an l-shaped room. I think the closet isn't big enough and part of the space will be kind of useless.

The 2nd and 3rd plan have basically the same floor plan which allows for a lot more storage space. One has the seats further from the screen, but can only seat about 8 people. I would like to be able to seat more. The last plan seems to flow a lot better. It can also seat 12 people, but the front row is 8 feet from the screen which seems like it might be too close.

For all dimensions see the pictures. Any thoughts on the layouts? Am I overlooking a different layout which might allow the room to be more versatile?

edit: Maybe this would be better in the dedicated theater forum? I'm not sure.
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Why not just add the closet(s) to the full length of the back wall (opposite door wall)? Or create 2 storage areas along the back wall for greater access. Use the same 6' - 7' depth or better yet, 4' and then have a room that is 19' X 12' (or 15'). Since there are no windows you have pretty good flexibility.

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Well the way I have the room set up in the 3rd or 4th diagram, it actually is 19 x 14. I wanted to try to put the closet on the left side because of the odd traingular cutout, which is useful for storage but useless for the theater space.


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So I've been talking to friends and family about it, and I think I might go with the L shaped option for the following reasons

1) I added some storage in the garage and there is also some storage in the utility closet. The amount of shelving with the L shaped version is not much less than the rectangular one.
2) The L shaped room gives an option to have some counterspace in the corner for placing drinks / snacks.
3) Without having to make room behind the last row for the doorway, I can place the last row farther from the screen...maybe even fit in some room for some more casual seating in the front.

So I am thinking the screen would go in the smaller part of the L (on the left wall in the diagram). Will this work acoustically? I don't know if the big open space on the left side will cause issues with the left surround channel.

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One has the seats further from the screen, but can only seat about 8 people. I would like to be able to seat more.

I'm thinking you need to rethink this. How often do you really think you will have more than 8 people? There have been threads about the lack of interest friends show in wanting to come over often to watch movies.

I would think that even at 19' feet, more than 8 is unrealistic. I'm currently at 17' with one row of four (screen 108" wide) and I wouldn't want to be any closer. Eyeballs are right about 12' from the AT screen. If you are planning reclining chairs (As opposed to the bolt down, seat-flips-up-found-in-theaters style) you need at least 5' feet between rows.

Do a search on THX seating distance for some guidance (sorry I don't have the link handy) and think about your screen size. Also you need to think about surround speaker placement. The back row right against the back wall is not optimal.

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