Originally Posted by Stew4msu
At this point, that's probably what I'd do (or curve it back the other way if you can). That'll put your first row of seats at about 9.5' from the screen. If you can cut the riser back a bit and make the first row of seats about 11', I think you'd be better off.
BTW, my room is similar sized (12.5' X 20'). I'm using a 126" screen with seating at 12.5' and 17.5' and the screen size is just about perfect. The actual screen (not the border) is 29" from the floor
Thanks, I will probably go this route.
Originally Posted by BIGmouthinDC
I am going to stop nit picking and just let you enjoy this great space. If you decide to go with two rows I would move it up for the reasons I stated earlier.
Not nitpicking - I appreciate the help big time! (helps me learn what to do next time too
I did think of another option - maybe doing the first platform only in the middle 8' of the room with the corners on 45's. The only problem with this is it limits me to only 2 chairs on the first row. If I moved the riser back and was able to curve the other way I could fit three chairs in that first row, but it would be on ground level. From simplicities sake I think this makes the most sense for me at this stage.
I have the theater equipment set up in a spare bedroom and I adjusted the screen to the same height as it would be on ground level for the first row and it wasn't bad. I was comfortable viewing it reclined. I think I prefer about 5 inches down from there as the perfect spot for me, but it wasn't bad.
The bad thing about adding the first row and cutting back the riser is that it puts the second row even further back than it is currently. And if that's where I'll be sitting mostly, I just made my viewing experience worse so that I could have three extra empty seats. Haha, man so many things to think of, I don't know what to do!! I guess I could make the first row my main viewing row but then there's the non optimal screen height issue. Like I said that height is ok, just not as BigMouth called it the sweet spot.
Maybe the additional platform in the middle for two seats is the best option now. I dunno!!! lol
Originally Posted by javadoc
Could you swing the door out of the room instead of in? Just thinking out loud, and don't know if you have the space. I do really like your doorway idea though, very cool.
I thought of this, but the design of the door has this great thick frame that will really help out with sound. And if it swung the other way I'd lose that frame. Here's some pics of another hidden door I have in my study. This one is only one sheet of plywood and weighs a ton, I can only imagine how much the new one will weigh. Sorry its so bare, we just moved in