Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte
Re: bar or second row of seats on a riser - in your first post you mentioned movies, but not sports - if you're planning on more informal events, snacks, sports, bar makes perfect sense. If not, and you really want a movie theater - I'd do the second row on a riser. You mentioned a snack area on the side, so maybe that would serve the purpose if you're kind of in the middle ground, between formal and informal.
Re: the space behind the second row - definitely a mirror ball and a small dance floor.
Unfortunately, my dancing, or what most people refer to as "flailing without thought for safety", could not be contained in such a small area.
I had my builder friend over last night and he mention maybe building a dart board. That seemed kind of cool. I suppose it'll come to me what I can do with the space.
I think you're right about the seating.
What I didn't like the most about my seating option was the height of the riser, which was based off of Berkline recliners in the front row. I had always figured that I'd have sectional seating in the front row, but I wanted the option to put in recliners. Now, I'm forgoing that option in favor of lowering the riser height to a less ridiculous height.
My sectionals, which I already own, are a little under 30" high. This helps tremendously for the visibility of the back row. I was able to lower the riser to a standard 7" step height. I will have a width of about 93", which allows me to put in two full sized recliners, a loveseat recliner, or a simple couch. Also nice, the left recliner is perfectly centered to the screen.
Take a look, I think it looks sharp!