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Room layout advice - maximize seating

Just moved into a new home, and was hoping to setup a projector in the family room. This will be my first projector - replacing a 55" LCD. My hope was to get somewhere between 100" and 120" picture. I'd like at least 6 adults to be able to watch TV/movies. I was thinking of something like an L or U shaped couch. The problem is, as you will see from the attached images, is that there is a support post sitting almost front and center about 128" back from the front wall. I'm assuming if I put the couch in front of the support beam, it will be too close to the screen - especially for folks on the side seats of the U shaped sofa. Of course, putting it behind the support post will look odd.


Wondering if anyone could offer advice on how I might setup this room?


Also notes that usage will be mostly TV viewing (50%) followed by Blu-Ray concerts (25%) and then movies (25%). We anticipate watching with at least some level of lighting on in the room (not theater dark). There will also be a 5.2 audio setup to go along with it.


Thanks for any advice!
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You may have to incorporate your seating with the pole. Put the couch just before the pole and build a bar top into the pole and put some seating on the bar top. The pole being close may be a bit of a distraction to those sitting right by it but I don't really see much else.

If this is a space you're really going to use a lot I would definitely reach out to a contractor and structural engineer and see if you can beef up that beam and remove the pole. This is possible it's just a matter of how much $$$. Could be worth it!

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What are the room dimensions? Are you wanting to put the screen on the same wall as the TV? For eye to screen distance for a 120" 16x9 screen could be between 10' to 11'. 11' is what is recommended, but the 2x screen height is used a lot on here. depends on what you are used to. I set at about 11' back from a 120" 16:9 screen, and have sat at 10'. but felt it was to close.
@ChadS13TDI idea of having two rows with one being a bar with bar stools is a good idea. Especially for sporting events. You could put two love seats on both sides of the pole and a bar behind them if there is room enough to fit them in. Average love seat is about 60" wide.
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The room is about 22' x 18'. There is no longer a TV in the room. The screen would go on the wall where those two recliner chairs are.

I do think I'm going to see what a structural engineer has to say.

Also, notice that ledge/shelf near the top of the wall... that's going to limit by about 12" being able to mount the screen to the top of the 8.5' ceiling. Should I be concerned about this?
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