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With the 8350, you should have no trouble getting up to 85" diagonal from 8.5 feet of throw. My only caution is about mounting it on a side table ( I have this setup myself in our livingroom theatre ). You only have enough horizontal lens shift to move the picture 1/2 screen width to the left or right. So, for an 85" diagonal ( 75" wide ) the average couch is about 85" wide, so, you wouldn't quite have enough horizontal lens shift to centre the picture. On top of that, most side tables are about 20" high. You'd need the lens at about 40" high ( average sitting eye level ) to not have to use vertical lens shift. Using vertical lens shift further reduces the horizontal lens shift range.
You didn't mention the room dimensions, but, if it's that small, you might be better served with 2 loungers with the side table in the middle. Otherwise, you could simply build a small shelf in the centre of the back wall ( above head level ) and mount the projector on that. ( that's what we do in our bedroom theatre ).
You could easily build a DIY screen, or, just use screen paint ( either DIY formulations or commercial products like ScreenGoo )
Brightness won't be an issue at that screen size with that projector.
That's the beauty of projectors. They're easy to move, and can adapt to any screen size.
Hope this helps,