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Looking for home theater seat suggestions

We're looking for two rows of home theater seat and seeking recommendations and suggestions. I do not need LED lights for the seat but I do like power recliner if possible (depending on the price). However, the space on my riser is limited. The back row is about 7.5' long and 5' wide. The front row is about 5.5' long 4' wide. And then some ideas on mats or beanbags for the floor for kids who like to lie down while watching movie. For the back row, I like to squeeze at least three people if not 4 people. And for the front row, I like to have a loveseat or combinations of it.
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Not sure about 4 seats, but definitely you can do 3 in the back row.

Deepening on the width of the chairs (specific style group), you can do the following:

I. IOIOIOI
2. IOIOOI or IOOIOI
3. IOOOI

For the front row again depending on the style and width of the chairs, you can do either IOIOI or IOOI

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I'm assuming the 5' wide means the depth front to back of the back row. If so, you're going to have a hard time getting recliners back there. Or at the very least they won't be able to fully recline. The seats I have from Roman (which I give a definite two thumbs up to) are a bit over 64" fully reclined. Now, I'd say I never fully recline to watch a movie, but even just with the leg rest up and the back still pretty much straight, the seat takes up about 52". Add any reasonably tall people into the equation and there's nowhere for feet to go. I can't really use myself as an example being a complete giant at 6'7", but just for reference my feet hang a good 6" off the end of the recliner. My wife at 5'7" fits with her feet just about to the end.

So you could have a recliner that you could pretty much only bring the legs up, but something to remember is that means zero walking room so the people in the middle would need the people on the end to put their legs down to even get around.

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Thanks! Yes, it's from front to back. I'll double check the depth again tonight. Do you happened to have the brand/model or links?
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our Fusion Collection Jive-1013 may work well for you.

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What he said.

Fusion Jives are the seats I have. At 5' depth, you could put the footrest up, and recline a bit, but not fully. You really want a minimum of 6' depth to have recliners fit smoothly. You can get away with less, but just remember it makes the riser a bit difficult to navigate (what I mentioned about the people in the middle wouldn't be able to leave without the side person putting their footrest down, etc...).

Depending on how many people are using the theater on average, like if mainly just you and the significant other or something, you could go with overflow style seating and use theater seats for the second row. 5' depth is plenty for that. I went with a set of Fusion Jives for my front row as it's normally just 2 or 4 of us, then 4 theater seats behind for the bigger parties. Plus, on your topic of beanbags or the like, my brother got me 2 giant beanbags for Christmas and we LOVE them. They're similar to these :

https://www.amazon.com/Sofa-Sack-6-F...ean%2Bbag&th=1

As I mentioned earlier, I'm ogre sized at 6'7" and currently back up to 360lbs, and I fit in them comfortably.
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We're looking for two rows of home theater seat and seeking recommendations and suggestions. I do not need LED lights for the seat but I do like power recliner if possible (depending on the price). However, the space on my riser is limited. The back row is about 7.5' long and 5' wide. The front row is about 5.5' long 4' wide. And then some ideas on mats or beanbags for the floor for kids who like to lie down while watching movie. For the back row, I like to squeeze at least three people if not 4 people. And for the front row, I like to have a loveseat or combinations of it.
Your might check out our HT Design warwick seat line it's a spacesaver option but as the poster above said you need 72 depth platform or the seats will hang over platform when reclined.

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Thanks! I just verified. The back row is 89" in depth and 87" in width. The first row is 68" depth and 65" width (for two seats) or if I don't need the stairs, I can get to 95" width.
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89" in depth is more than enough...

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Thanks! I just verified. The back row is 89" in depth and 87" in width. The first row is 68" depth and 65" width (for two seats) or if I don't need the stairs, I can get to 95" width.
I agree on depth but you might push it to 95 inches in width to get more seats in the row.

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Could you post a sketch of your floor plan? What is the total width of the room, and is a walkway needed because of door location or the like? Trying to understand how you could conceivably have more width in the front row vs. the second row.

Side note. On the stairs, you can get away with about an 8" vertical and not use stairs. Anything beyond that gets into uncomfy (and potentially dangerous) territory.
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Could you post a sketch of your floor plan? What is the total width of the room, and is a walkway needed because of door location or the like? Trying to understand how you could conceivably have more width in the front row vs. the second row.

Side note. On the stairs, you can get away with about an 8" vertical and not use stairs. Anything beyond that gets into uncomfy (and potentially dangerous) territory.
The size of the room is 10.83 feet by 33 feet. The height is 6.75 feet at the front and 7.75 feet at the back. The first row on the riser is 68 by 95 inch by but 30 inch is being used for inside stairs. The second row on the riser is 89 by 87 inch. I'm guessing the screen will be installed about 3-4 feet from the front wall. I will be putting speakers behind the screen.

There's a look at what I have so far.
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Your might check out our HT Design warwick seat line it's a spacesaver option but as the poster above said you need 72 depth platform or the seats will hang over platform when reclined.
Is the "HT Design warwick seat line" 100% genuine leather?
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Is the "HT Design warwick seat line" 100% genuine leather?
yes it is, tons of satisfied customer on whole line. It's very popular spacesaver with arm storage and lots of inclusions. We use leather match, which means it's all top grain leather where you touch (top of seat and foot rest, front of back, top of arms). Vinyl match (sides and back of seat)

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The size of the room is 10.83 feet by 33 feet. The height is 6.75 feet at the front and 7.75 feet at the back. The first row on the riser is 68 by 95 inch by but 30 inch is being used for inside stairs. The second row on the riser is 89 by 87 inch. I'm guessing the screen will be installed about 3-4 feet from the front wall. I will be putting speakers behind the screen.
if those dimensions are correct you placed your riser and seating way too far from the screen. If you use 4 ft for the screen wall that leaves 29 in the room and your first row viewing distance will be 21.5 ft. For this size room 12 ft is the furthest you would want.
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The size of the room is 10.83 feet by 33 feet. The height is 6.75 feet at the front and 7.75 feet at the back. The first row on the riser is 68 by 95 inch by but 30 inch is being used for inside stairs. The second row on the riser is 89 by 87 inch. I'm guessing the screen will be installed about 3-4 feet from the front wall. I will be putting speakers behind the screen.

There's a look at what I have so far.
Ok, few questions. Was this pre-built or did you put the risers in? If pre-built, are you in a position to change it?

Next, how many rows of seats are you looking to do in total? If only two, not seeing the need for two tiers of riser, especially given the room height. If the front row was on the ground, you'd have the full width (possibly plus a couple inches) and could put the riser stairs on the side. That gives you a little more room to play with for your front row seats.

Finally, how many people on average? This goes back to that other possibility of using recliners for the main, and something like traditional theater seats for the rest.

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if those dimensions are correct you placed your riser and seating way too far from the screen. If you use 4 ft for the screen wall that leaves 29 in the room and your first row viewing distance will be 21.5 ft. For this size room 12 ft is the furthest you would want.
Okay, the furthest for the first row (which I believed kids will be sitting on the floor) is 12ft. What's the closest to the first row before it's way too close?

Thank you so much for your help.
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Ok, few questions. Was this pre-built or did you put the risers in? If pre-built, are you in a position to change it?
I built it myself but at this point, I do not want to change it...it'll be too much work.


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Next, how many rows of seats are you looking to do in total? If only two, not seeing the need for two tiers of riser, especially given the room height. If the front row was on the ground, you'd have the full width (possibly plus a couple inches) and could put the riser stairs on the side. That gives you a little more room to play with for your front row seats.
Yes, one of the biggest issue is the room height. I planned to have as many rows as the room allows me to; however, with the height problem, two tier riser is pushing it.

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Finally, how many people on average? This goes back to that other possibility of using recliners for the main, and something like traditional theater seats for the rest.
The average number of people will about 3-7 people. The max will about 10-16 people...only when I invite friends over but I don't think it'll happen that often. I planed to just have kids seating on the floor mats or bean bags.
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Okay, the furthest for the first row (which I believed kids will be sitting on the floor) is 12ft. What's the closest to the first row before it's way too close?


.84 times screen width. I put the captains chair at around the spot offering a 45 degree field of vision which is about 1.2 the screen width. Kids will be happy anywhere, when they hit their teens they will probably be happy anywhere you are not.
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Thanks for the diagram -- very helpful. I believed my screen is 52" x 122". So, I guess the closest is about 8 feet then.

Thank you, Jeff!
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Given the length of the room, the first row on the floor would be your prime seating. Since that's not really come up in conversation, I'm guessing you may already have seating in mind for that.

At this point, my suggestion would be to do some very careful measuring, or actually mock up a few seats. The reason I say that is it really looks like you're going to be dealing with visibility problems. By the picture, you're second row looks to be about 14" off the ground. Adding for seat height and an average torso, head height is going to be in the realm of 54-56" off the ground. Now your ceiling height up front is 78", you're going to want at least a couple of inches before the top of the screen, so let's say it starts at 72". You screen center at that point is going to be 46", so already the back row will be looking down just a bit. If reclined, that may be rather uncomfortable. Plus, at that angle, you've got a good chance that the love seat on the first riser tier is going to block the bottom portion of the screen.

Given the awkward dimensions you're having to work with, I'd suggest doing some mockups. Get a couple small PVC pipes and corner fittings to create a frame the same size as your screen and hang it in position. Then use something to mock up various seat heights and test the viewing angle and how much is blocked. Once you can physically see it, you'll have a better idea of what type of seating will work in the overflow. Recliners are great, but not if your neck hurts trying to watch the movie.
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If reclined, that may be rather uncomfortable. Plus, at that angle, you've got a good chance that the love seat on the first riser tier is going to block the bottom portion of the screen.

Given the awkward dimensions you're having to work with, I'd suggest doing some mockups. Get a couple small PVC pipes and corner fittings to create a frame the same size as your screen and hang it in position. Then use something to mock up various seat heights and test the viewing angle and how much is blocked. Once you can physically see it, you'll have a better idea of what type of seating will work in the overflow. Recliners are great, but not if your neck hurts trying to watch the movie.
Excellent points. I wish a have a taller ceiling. I'll do some testing but at the end of the day, I can't do much with the room configuration.

Thank you for the input, much appreciated.
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yes it is, tons of satisfied customer on whole line. It's very popular spacesaver with arm storage and lots of inclusions. We use leather match, which means it's all top grain leather where you touch (top of seat and foot rest, front of back, top of arms). Vinyl match (sides and back of seat)

This is common way of doing it for in stock seating. Check out thread in this forum, HT Design Theater Seating.

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I'm looking at the HT DESIGN SOUTHAMPTON HOME THEATER SEATING TOP GRAIN LEATHER three row sofa. Do all three seats recline or only the two on the ends? It looks like deliver and setup cost $279. Is that per item, order, or delivery? Another word, if I order a three seat sofa and a loveseat, does it cost $279 or $558? Thanks!
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yes it is, tons of satisfied customer on whole line. It's very popular spacesaver with arm storage and lots of inclusions. We use leather match, which means it's all top grain leather where you touch (top of seat and foot rest, front of back, top of arms). Vinyl match (sides and back of seat)

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Quick question, is it aniline dyed leather? I'm trying to understand the different type of leather seats.

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I'm looking at the HT DESIGN SOUTHAMPTON HOME THEATER SEATING TOP GRAIN LEATHER three row sofa. Do all three seats recline or only the two on the ends? It looks like deliver and setup cost $279. Is that per item, order, or delivery? Another word, if I order a three seat sofa and a loveseat, does it cost $279 or $558? Thanks!
Contact us off line as we can't quote pricing here. all seats recline. I just sent pm with response.

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Yes that's what make it uniform color. It's top grain leather.

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I hope @2Charlie doesn't mind, but I didn't want to start a completely new thread, plus it falls in line with the original purpose of this thread -- I'm looking for seat suggestions and I also have a narrow room.

As such, I'm looking for space-saving seats for my 12' wide room. I want a row of three (two rows actually). I think the best way to squeeze this in and leave room for a reasonably sized aisle (while still having some distance from the opposite wall) is to get a love-seat + 3rd seat option (i.e. |OO|O| or |O|OO|). This way, when the middle seat is centered in the room, the whole seat is slightly biased to one side of the room. This should yield more aisle width for the the opposite side (if even just slightly). Plus, I save the width of an arm, which gives me 5-6" right there.

Of course, another way to get there is to cut down on the seat width itself. Combine that with the love-seat arrangement and it's the best of both worlds. However, most seats that are slim seem to be custom and expensive (e.g. Fortress where I can seemingly spec them all the way down to 20" wide).

Having said that, there don't seem to be many options that list love-seat + 3rd seat as an option. I found a bunch of seats that I may like (e.g. the Palliser Stereo) but while it seems I can buy the individual pieces to create said option, I don't know if they'll actually "hook together" properly.

Can anyone advise? Thanks!

P.S. Another benefit would be a lower back so the rear channel audio isn't blocked by the seat-back.

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I found a bunch of seats that I may like (e.g. the Palliser Stereo) but while it seems I can buy the individual pieces to create said option, I don't know if they'll actually "hook together" properly. Can anyone advise? Thanks!
Having set up numerous seat configurations from various vendors as a rule the seats simply sit next to each other and really don't move around. The one vendor chairs that did come with connectors (Jaymar), I took them off. This holds true for two arms, one arm and no arm chairs. Some companies offer connectors for an added fee. Unless your floor is really slippery, save your money.
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I hope @2Charlie doesn't mind, but I didn't want to start a completely new thread, plus it falls in line with the original purpose of this thread -- I'm looking for seat suggestions and I also have a narrow room.

As such, I'm looking for space-saving seats for my 12' wide room. I want a row of three (two rows actually). I think the best way to squeeze this in and leave room for a reasonably sized aisle (while still having some distance from the opposite wall) is to get a love-seat + 3rd seat option (i.e. |OO|O| or |O|OO|). This way, when the middle seat is centered in the room, the whole seat is slightly biased to one side of the room. This should yield more aisle width for the the opposite side (if even just slightly). Plus, I save the width of an arm, which gives me 5-6" right there.

Of course, another way to get there is to cut down on the seat width itself. Combine that with the love-seat arrangement and it's the best of both worlds. However, most seats that are slim seem to be custom and expensive (e.g. Fortress where I can seemingly spec them all the way down to 20" wide).

Having said that, there don't seem to be many options that list love-seat + 3rd seat as an option. I found a bunch of seats that I may like (e.g. the Palliser Stereo) but while it seems I can buy the individual pieces to create said option, I don't know if they'll actually "hook together" properly.

Can anyone advise? Thanks!

P.S. Another benefit would be a lower back so the rear channel audio isn't blocked by the seat-back.
1. With 12' wide room and minimum 2' requirements for the isle, you will be left with 8'=96". There are quite a few options that will allow you to have a straight set of 3 with the arms in between. If you check our Fusion Collection Seating line, the Lagoon-1011, Jive-1013 and Tribute-1015 will fit this requirements. Even with the Streamline-1017 that is 97.5" wide for that set you should be fine. And of course any of these and Escape-1019 can be done in chair/loveseat, loveseat/chair configurations if you wish for wider isles.

2. Having a very low back recliners may result in achieving a great surround sound, but getting no head support whatsoever. You want to find the chairs that will give you both - nice head support without blocking your surround sound.

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Having set up numerous seat configurations from various vendors as a rule the seats simply sit next to each other and really don't move around. The one vendor chairs that did come with connectors (Jaymar), I took them off. This holds true for two arms, one arm and no arm chairs. Some companies offer connectors for an added fee. Unless your floor is really slippery, save your money.
Maybe I should not have used the word "hook", perhaps more generically the word "fit" would have been more appropriate. In other words, I wasn't sure if they'd butt up correctly. For example, if there was a mechanism to recline the seat on the left/right and you couldn't just butt a love-seat next to it or something. Basically, I assumed if the configuration wasn't shown that the chairs, for some reason, may not be compatible. Of course, it could just be it's not a popular option and any of them can be assembled in that way?
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1. With 12' wide room and minimum 2' requirements for the isle, you will be left with 8'=96". There are quite a few options that will allow you to have a straight set of 3 with the arms in between. If you check our Fusion Collection Seating line, the Lagoon-1011, Jive-1013 and Tribute-1015 will fit this requirements. Even with the Streamline-1017 that is 97.5" wide for that set you should be fine. And of course any of these and Escape-1019 can be done in chair/loveseat, loveseat/chair configurations if you wish for wider isles.
I will check them out, but I really didn't want 2' aisles, I figured 30" would be more desirable, giving me around 7' for seating. Thus, I'd really prefer to stay closer to 7' than 8'.
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2. Having a very low back recliners may result in achieving a great surround sound, but getting no head support whatsoever. You want to find the chairs that will give you both - nice head support without blocking your surround sound.
Reasonable advice, though I haven't yet seen space-saving options having small headrests. However, I don't really mind low-back chairs. I tend not to use the headrests unless I'm pretty reclined, and I don't like watching movies while reclined that much or I go to sleep, lol. But, if I can find an option that gives me both a small headrest and fits my width desires, certainly I'd prefer it.
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