Originally Posted by imjay
May I suggest you think a bit more creative with your space?
1. Could you use PJ across the width instead of the length of room?
Our first projector set up was a multi-purpose family room. The TV viewing was across the length of the room and across the width - about 14ft nearly same as yours - we used the projector. The 14ft distance allowed for a simple shelf mount of the PJ with a net lens-to-screen throw of about 12 1/2 feet which was perfect.
With a little creativity re seating it worked fine - since it's usually just you/one person watching this could be something for you to consider.
2. Don't get hung up on furniture
Think of ways to change your racks full of stuff. You can eliminate DVDs as space hogs by simply tossing (or storing) the cases and putting the discs into binders. I have 600 movies in just three zip up disc binders - all in alphabetical order - this could clear a LOT of shelf space. I also got rid of a few older and seldom used components - like 5 disc CD changer.
A new, wide and low set of shelves can hold a LOT of components.
It gets down to individual preferences. I simply don't want to dim the lights to watch television stuff. I will have some ambient lights and use the PJ for a special sports event but otherwise we reserve it for when we want a genuine "theater in the home" experience which televisions simply can't deliver.
When we want our brains numbed by television content (mostly crap) then we keep the lights up and the TV running in the background.
Have you looked at the lower, wider TV stands that have two or three shelves for components that will allow a larger TV to sit on top?
A dual mode room could be perfect - rearrange and economize space for your "stuff" so that a larger TV can be used with a pull down screen with a ceiling mount PJ for "theater" OR go PJ across the width and TV across the length.
Thanks for the note. I have thought about rearranging my space, and I have ideas for a lot of possibilities if I could solve one fundamental problem. I have a rather extreme clutter problem at the moment making moving anything something on the order of playing one of those games where one slides the tiles around to try to arrange the letters or numbers. I want to get rid of a lot of the stuff but working up the energy (and finding time) to do it has been a problem. I wouldn't really think of dealing with the TV issue at this time at all except that the plasma has been exhibiting random problems lately (like the screen suddenly changing to something like a 80X45 resolution so that the picture just appears as clusters of blocks - kind of interesting, really, but it makes it harder to follow the plot). Power-cycling seems to fix things for now but I'm anticipating the possibility that it is just the herald of problems to come. I could always just replace the plasma with an interim purchase of another TV the same size and quality (actually, it would be hard to find anything which wasn't a lot better in quality given that there are $500-$600 TVs which are better than my current set which I paid $3500 for several years ago). I just hate to go to the trouble and expense of replacing the set with something which really isn't what I want.
I kind of like the idea of keeping a TV in the current position and using a projector and screen on the long wall, except for the need then, to buy both a projector and a TV (of course, if I have the projector, the TV can be a budget affair). If I did change the viewing space to put a screen along the long wall, I could kill two birds with one stone. One of the two windows is in that wall. Instead of a pulldown screen, I would probably just cover the window with a thin board, eliminating any light entry from it, and then wall mount a projection screen in front of it. Of course, I would first have to get rid of the racks of videotapes (which I never watch anymore) which line that wall.
Like you, I decided that the key to dealing with DVD space issue was to remove them from the cases. I started moving my collection to these DiscGear storage units, which I really like: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...pf_rd_i=507846
but it's pretty slow going as I'm also catalogueing them as I transfer them so that I will be able to find what I am looking for.
Ultimately, I just have too many irons in the fire at the moment -- like I said, I wouldn't have been considering a new TV/projector, etc., if the current TV hadn't started acting up. Once I entertained the idea of getting a projector, though, I got kind of hooked on it -- what research I've done has impressed upon me that there are some significant advantages there (so long as one doesn't mind laying out a few hundred for bulbs periodically).