More than you ever wanted to know about the meandering path of my chair decision....
Selecting the chairs, or more accurately, loosing sleep over which would be the right chair for the room has been a uphill battle. Going in I knew, I didn't want the Atypical overstuffed recliner. I just didn't feel it would blend well with the room motif.
This lead to me questioning the real "Need" for a recliner. I've been going to movies my whole life and have never sat in a recliner at the theater. So being somewhat unsure that a recliner was a prerequisite to a proper theater, I started looking at Chairs that would be more period appropriate in an "older style" atmosphere.
This lead me to the Art Nouveau /Deco/Neoclassical period, Club/Cigar type chair designs. To give you an Idea of the look I was searching for heres an couple examples of a neoclassical design and an art deco design.. Disregard the colors..
I thought something along these lines would be a perfect addition to the environment I was trying to create. So I started searching, with the understanding that I would propably need to get what ever I find reupholstered..
However this path was full of its own limitations/constraints..
1. Virtually Impossible to find these vintage chairs in anything other than pairs..
2. These chairs are big (wide).. I would not be able to place 4 (even if i could find them) in the room in with any type of symmetry.
Then I ran across "Fortress Seating", Fortress is one of the Higher end chair manufactures, and will customize your chairs to your specific style/dimensions.
What drew me to fortress was that their chair designs were based on the various period designs.. here are a couple of examples...
A set of art deco chairs from the 30's compared to the fortress "Alex"
And another example of a club chair from the 40's compared to the Fortress "JR2"
It appears that all of the fortress designs are based on period chairs, even their Oddball looking "Guild" (which I think they build at the request of TK) is eerily similar to a Stanley Weiss design from the turn of the century.
For those interested heres a link to all fortress models..http://www.fortresseating.com/directory.php?cat_id=1
I looked and sat in nearly every chair at Cedia.. without a doubt there are only a few companies that produce the same quality of chair.. but the quality does come at a price.
If your comparing prices of Fortress to Berklines, Pallisers etc.. be ready for sticker shock... if looking at higher end chairs like Elite or CineAK.. Fortress is in the same price range.
The fortress Californian (my 3rd option above) is their entry level Quick ship chair, shipped as seen in Black 50/50 leather only. The other chairs are build custom on a per order basis, you tell them what you need, width, seat height, back height etc..
Although it looks like I'm going this way now.. I still remain unsure that the recliner is an integral requirement. This view may change as soon as I've watched a few movies. (wouldn't mind hearing differing opinions on the "Need" for a recliner still)
Originally Posted by RTROSE
As for the chairs, I really like the one with the rounded arms, first picture.
Its really a tough decision for me,, like everything I've over analized and spent way to long trying to make "just the right decision" for just the right size, in just the right color, with just the right style, for just the right look...
Originally Posted by tony123
Sounds like a nitpick, but after all is said and done, these little ergonomic details will make or break the whole project!
Doesn't sound like a nitpick at all.. The Devils in the details.!!
Originally Posted by Iusteve
Please tell us more about the chairs.
After reading my post.. are you sorry you asked??
Originally Posted by the dude 08
Absolutely one of my favorite theaters. It is stunning! Great job on all the woodwork.
A question about your IB configuration and why you went with two openings? I have not seen that set up before, only the more traditional 4 drivers in one opening. Is set up the same and are you driving all the subs as if it was a single opening/sub? Is there any concern about getting flutter in the screen from air movement??
Thanks Dude.. The dual Manifold is fairly common in this forum.. Check out, moggie, cathan and now Stock monkey's build.... I honestly can not answer your question about screen movement.. I've not had a screen in front of mine yet... I know I asked many people on many different forums including the Cult and every said they never had an issue...
Tony's recent post is the first report I've seen where someone states its an issue.. So Im keeping my fingers crossed..
Originally Posted by domz777
Holy cow! 103+ THOUSAND views.
They're all for that gardening post I bet, LOL That was hysterical!
Had tears in my eyes while reading that, I was laughing so hard.
If you break it down on average daily basisover the nearly 3 years its taking me....
Originally Posted by Moggie
I'm going to be contrary and suggest chair #2 (chair #3 as second choice). The first one is a little to modern to work in this room IMHO. The caveat is that my wife tells me I have no taste whatsoever -- despite the reminder that I married her.
If someone held a gun to my head thats the choice Id make today. Fortress's most popular model also..
Originally Posted by Brad Horstkotte
Carpet choice sounds nice, in retrospect I kind of wish I has added a black border - not enough to add it now, but you know.
Chairs look nice too - any difference in back height? Mine are a little too high for my height, so you might want to give that some thought, to not impact surrounds.
The carpet should arrive next Friday.. so Ill say that we'll know if it was the right decision before Thanksgiving..
Im glad you brought up the back height.. regardless of the chair I order I need to determine the correct height so it doesn't interfere with the surrounds.. Im at 6'0" even. The standard choices are 24", 26", 28" for a back height and 38", 40", and 42" for the overall chair height. ( although they will build to any dimensions desired).
I was going to ask the fortress guys but I wouldn't mind what you guys would recommend based on your experiences
Back height that can provide decent head support without to much interference..????
My next update should show a completed wall with all the "Bling"....