Well, I just finished a pretty big project - at least by my standards. With the help of a friends I built a riser for the second row. I was inspired by both Gorilla83 and MrSmithers. Gorilla had just built a riser which got me thinking about it and I also recently went to MrSmithers new house to check out his room and we were experimenting with distances from the screen and I found I didn't mind at all being 9 or 10 feet from the screen on a size similar to what I have in my own room. So, when I got home I moved my chair up 3 feet so that my head is 11 feet from the screen. I could go a little closer but I don't want to mess up the stereo image when I'm listening to music (which is most of the time when I'm in here).
So I enlisted a friend to "help" me out with the project (which means he does most of it since I'm one step from worthless).
I bought 2 2x10's 12 feet long, and 3 2x10's 10 feet long. I already had some MDF that I knew I could use. I figured that 5x7 would be a good size for the riser. For one my couch that length but also I checked Walmart and they sell 5x7 area rugs for very cheap.
So, yesterday we built the riser in the garage. Right before moving it downstairs I had a horrible flash of realization that it may not fit down the stairs. Unfortunately that turned out to be right and we had to take some of it apart, move it to the basement, and re-assemble.
Here is the final stages of screwing the mdf top to the frame.
Good job Dave.
We went with 14" spans between 2x10's. This thing is sturdy and heavy as hell especially with the 3/4 MDF top. I didn't take a picture of it, but I also put speaker/subwoofer feet under the frame. I had 20 of them so I placed them under it, hoping that maybe I'll get a better tactile effect from bass.
Dave had the great idea to use replacement carpet and adhesive spray for the sides of the frame. I did this part alone, so it took me awhile to realize the only way to get the carpet on straight was to get it off the ground. Did I mention this thing is heavy?
Ok, here it is with the walmart rug on top. I think the rug was 35 bucks or close to it. I was going to use black but the black one they had was a lot thinner and wouldn't have been an exact match to the black on the sides anyway. I'm glad I didn't go with the black rug, this one looks really good IMO.
Couch is on!! That was fun by myself too.
Back row reclined:
Both rows reclined:
Don't know why but this view made me laugh; makes me feel like taking a nap.
Hey, look at that, the MBM-12 is back in the mix!!
I wanted to make sure I had just enough room for it in between. I like it better this way, it's a bit more hidden than before I had the 2nd row.
Here is what the view is like for me in the back row not reclined.
Here is fully reclined with the front row upright.
Fully reclined with front row fully reclined. Better not have stinky feet!!!
I like this. This is sitting up with the front row seats reclined. This way the center channel speaker gets to me with no blockage.
This is laying down watching golf. I'll still be able to do it as long as the front row is reclined.