Originally Posted by jimim
Hey great build! I really like the pics and how your screen is set up. Your room width is about where I will be at. Any problem with the width for seats. I was a little worried about this but you look like you have alot of room on each side? What kinda space do you have? Also where is your door in and how does it interact with your riser if it does at all? Finally, do you have room on both sides of the room to step up to access seats on both side or do you have to enter on one side of the row and move through?
Thanks! The room width was a major issue to deal with since I wanted two loveseats in the second row and a pedestal for the pj. After framing and drywall the room is 13'2" wide. After MUCH deliberation (
) I elected to butt the right side loveseat directly against the wall so there is no way to access the 2nd row from the right or egress the 2nd row to the right rear. All traffic must go left to the main walkway. The riser is 123" wide which leaves a relatively spacious 35" walk way. If I had elected to do a ceiling mount I could have picked up 18" to move the love seat away from the wall since I would not have the needed the 12" for the pedestal and 6" for the extra seat arm. The ceiling is wired for the pj but after much testing I really preferred a high power screen and so had to mount the pj at eye level. It was a tough decision as a ceiling mount would have improved the look and flow of the room. After 3 plus months of use and max capacity gatherings I can say that the lack of that 2nd aisle has not been an issue. The viewing angle is still solid from there as I used to try to sit in the seat against the wall when we have large gatherings and, comparing to other seats, there was not a drop off. I have not sat there much lately as repeat guests usually head for the loveseats first so I have not had much opportunity to sit there. I prefer the middle seat in the front row.
The door is in the very back left of the room when facing the screen. The main reason I elected to move seating all the way to the right was to maximise the space and feel of the walkway (so folks do not feel cramped) and give some space as you enter the room. Basically you walk right into the bar and back side of the riser.
The beauty of building a room like this is you can do what fits YOUR lifestyle or tastes. I demo'd the various seating configurations, weighed the benefits and did what I wanted after checking my options. There were other ways to do it and that was really half the fun of doing the room.
Also, the actual seats helped as they are about as narrow as you get at
22.5" for the seats and the arms are easy to remove to convert to loveseats.