I usually just browse and read, but I am stuck on my design and wanted to chime in to the experts. I only have another couple of days to make a decision, and I thought I was ready, but beginning to doubt it now. I have attached a couple pictures that hopefully depict what I will try to explain in this post. Any ideas or input would be greatly appreciated.
So my dedicated media room has a slightly awkward design as it is at 17.5L and 13.67w. I would like to put my screen on the 13 ft wall as be able to have two rows of at least 3 chairs and have a theater feel to it. One problem is I have a window on the opposite end of the room, and the window sits in a slight dip in the wall. It is difficult to explain but I have tried to draw it in my attachment. So my plan was to have someone come out and build a wall and essentially cover the window, but do not remove it as to keep its look from the outside of the home, since this window is in the front of the house upstairs. The wall will also have to be built forward so that it is flush. I do not think this will cost much, and I would never use this window anyways so I am not really concerned with this part. If I am to use this wall this is the only thing I am willing to do as I do not want any kind of stand up, or hanging screen, or pull down.
My problem is the entry, the platform, and the seating. Where the door is supposed to be I cannot have a platform too close to it, as that is where you enter the room. So the platform would have to be built about 3 feet from the doors as they will most likely need to open inward, as this is a small hall once you come up the stairs. So I could build the platform, but in a 13.67w room, it could only be 9ft long. So I had decided to make the entry to the room from the game room on the other side. The problem with this entry is the actual platform length and the seating. If my depth of the platform is 7ft, I can't really have fully extended recliners in the back row, because you enter the room behind them.. Fully extended most I see online are around 60-65 inches.. So that would only leave me about 20 inches total to get in a room, and also walk in front of someone reclined, so it is not possible. A couch that is 35-40 inches deep would probably work, as it would give me up to 4 total feet to work with, to which maybe 2.5 feet behind, and 1.5 ft in front. I didn't really like the idea of coming into a room directly behind a couch though. I could always make the platform deeper, but I really wanted the 1st row to have at least 10 feet so that I could put a screen in of around 120 inches or so, 16:9.. (8.7ft wide)
My other option is to give up on the second row.. Leave the entry as is, and put the screen on the same wall that you enter in. This room would not have a theater feel, but it would allow me to put a very large screen as my couch would sit close to wall at about 13 feet away.
I am torn on this, and would like to hear what ideas you guys have, or at least what method you would chose. I know the long wall probably makes more sense, but I was trying to get the immersive feeling of a theater, but I don't want to do it if what I am working with really isn't logical.