Originally Posted by walterappleby
How big of a screen do you want?
What is the smallest you will accept?
What do the projector calculators show for placement options?
How big is your furniture?
What will your "normal" traffic patterns be (Will you use the loft everyday or only once in a while for storage or something?
Good questions. The problem at the moment is that I'm still in the early planning stages. I'm finding it hard to make time for HT construction while trying to move in, deal with a baby, and work
. All I've done thus far for the HT is paint the ceiling black. Given all of that, things are quite a blank slate. Here are the best answers I can give for now:
Screen: I'm not tied to a particular size. My preferred order of operations is to select the layout of the room, and then choose the screen size that best fits that layout. If that means I'm 14 ft from the screen, the screen will be bigger than if I'm 10 ft from the screen. The smallest I would accept is probably in the 90" range, which is how big my screen was at the previous house.
Placement: I have an old Planar projector (PD7150). Projectorcentral says that a 110" screen is right in the sweet spot for a little over a 12' throw with my projector. Zoomed all the way out, 110" is just under an 11ft throw, and zoomed all the way in, 110" is just under a 14ft throw. If I want a 100" screen, then I need between a 10' and 12.5' throw.
Furniture: I don't have any furniture yet. We have some friends with 4 barcalounger style theater chairs that they will give us. Their pretty big and ugly, but have the benefit of being free. If I go with those, they'll be pretty big I think (I have yet to actually see them in person, I've only seen pictures). The other option is just to purchase a new sofa and chair, or two love seats. One thing I learned from my last theater is that I actually don't particularly like theater chairs. I like being able to sit with my wife or my dog, which generally necessitates a sofa or love seat.
Traffic: No one will need to go through the HT to get anywhere. There are other access ways into the loft other than through the door in the northeast corner. In fact, I had considered removing that door, framing it in, and drywalling over it.
Thanks for the thoughts thus far. I like the idea of building an equipment rack in one of the open corners. Keep the thoughts coming.