I am designing our new dream home and have room in the basement for a dedicated room with dimensions 19'6" x 17'8". Behind the 19' wall I have room for an electronics room which will house my home server and allow me access to the back of the components so that I can easly do all the wiring etc. I like front access in the main media room so that I can easily insert blu-rays, PS3 games etc.
I am looking to put in a "C' type sectional (like a L-Sectional but with seats both sides) as opposed to 2 rows of seats as this will be more relaxed. I am debating between option 1 and 2 attached where I have the 2' built in along either the 19' wall or 17' wall. I plan to have my 60 plasma there for daily TV viewing and also a drop down screen for movies (thinking 110" screen?).
Option 1 has the screen/plasma/built-in on the 19' wall, where the componants would be at the bottom of the built-in which will have an open back to the electronics room for wiring.
Option 2 has the screen/plasma/built-in on the 17' wall, the componants would then have to be on a rack on the side 19' wall to allow access to the wires at the back in the electronics room.
I plan on putting the sectional about 11' or 12' from the builtin (which is 2' deep). I plan on having the screen drop down just at the front of the built-in, so 2' from the back wall. With the sectional 11'-12' from the built in, this would take up about 14' leaving 3'8" or 5'6" behind depending on the option. I think both should be enough room from the back of the sectional and rear speakers (having 7.1).
Any comments appreciated, as torn between the two options. I like having the components under the TV/Screen (allows me options in case I change things around e.g. add kinect etc to xbox) but also like having the extra depth of option 2. In the media room I will have 7.1 surround, also have PS3, Xbox, AppleTV)
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