Originally Posted by J_P_A
For four across, would you do two straight in the center and angled at the ends, or curved all the way across?
My personal preference is a little convoluted, but it may offer some perspectives you hadn't considered. Partly for space saving, and partly for versatility I would want a straight section in the middle with no arm rest. I think there's not much value in angling the center two seats of four, since they're in the center already (where are you pointing them?) The trapezoidal arm rest takes up too much space - you could still put in the straight rectangular arm rest, but I would leave it out altogether. That creates a love seat in the middle, which is good for sharing with your friend (
), saves the space of the armrest in the overall assembly, and for me, fits better. Obviously all seats will be slightly different, but my experience is that I won't use both armrests, and I'm actually bothered by having two. I'm not very wide, and don't fill the whole seat bottom. My elbows would be splayed out awkwardly trying to use both at the same time. On the other hand, using neither can be uncomfortable a well, since my elbows end up pressed between the inside of the arm rest and my sides. I fit more comfortably using only one - YMMV.
Full disclosure: this is a limited experience from which I draw these conclusions. The AMC at the swanky mall in Atlanta
has reserved seating with power leather recliners, and this is the extent of my official seat time.
So I guess I'd do either all straight, or just curved on the ends. If you've got the space, I think the curve gives a nice stylistic flair, but I'm not sure it's worth the complication in design and construction for the riser and whatnot. What about the possibility that you upgrade seats at some point in the future? Is it safe to assume that the curve can be reasonably matched from any manufacturer?