In just over a month we will close escrow on our 'forever' home, and after 10 or more years of dreaming I will be getting my own space to dedicate to a home theater, arcade & bar. Although construction may not start for another year I am extremely excited so I can't help but start going over design ideas.
My actual space will be used as a small bar (I brew my own beer) combined with a lobby and arcade area (I design, build & restore arcade machines) which will lead into the home theater through a double wall staggered entry.
Space is limited, so that actual floor area of the room that I will be using for the HT is currently 12' x 10' with standard walls.
I'd really like to be able to seat 6 people in 2 rows of three with stadium elevation and have a kids pillow area down at the front. My plan is to use the 12' length for the throw, encapsulate the PJ at the back of the room over the entrance hallway (which is not part of the 12' x 10') and have an almost wall-to-wall screen of approx 9'8" horizontal width.
I want to do sound isolation and have columns along the length of the room for decor and housing of 7.1 speakers. My AV closet will reside in the staggered hallway so it wont have to fit within the 12x10. I'm trying to work out aisle widths, whether to have one or two, down the middle or the sides etc and how to deal with stepping up to the back row of seats safely without losing extra width to railings etc.
If anyone else has worked in a similar space I would love to see what you did.
I'll post some renderings and floorplanns of of the space when I can.
Too many toys, not enough time.