That leads into my next design decision....symmetrical soffits!
Right now headroom is SERIOUSLY lacking. Here is what I have to work with:
7'-9" from finished floor to bottom of joists.
7'-0" from finished floor to bottom of duct.
I will lose a little less than an inch and a half by the time I DD + GG...leaving me with 6'-10 1/2" clear.
If you are familiar with my plan (shown on post #1), you will see that I enter the theater at the back of the room ... at riser level. Right now I am planning a 6" riser, and a 2" mini-riser just beneath the second row seating (if necessary).
So if I do NOT do a symmetrical soffit, my headroom entering the theater will be about 7'-1 1/2" (7'-9" - 1.5" - 6").
And if I DO decide to make a symmetical soffit, my headroom entering the theater will be about 6'-4 1/2" (7'-0" - 1.5" - 6").
I myself am 6'-1" so that wouldn't leave me with a very spacious feeling.
There is nothing I can do about the soffit with the ductwork. That is going to happen. I just have to decide what I want to do with the other side of the room.
I have a few options (in my mind)...
Option #1) Leave the 6" riser as is. Only install soffit around the ductwork. Enter theater with 7' of headroom.
Option #2) Leave the 6" riser as is. Install symmetrical soffit around the entire room. Enter theater with 6'-4" headroom.
Option #3) Shift couches to the left in order to make riser flush with doorway. Do not enter theater on the riser and gain 6" of headroom. Install symmetrical soffits and enter theater with 6'-10" of headroom.
I have been avoiding this issue for awhile now, hoping it would solve itself (it hasn't).
What do you all think? This decision has the potential to really change the feel of the room and I want to get it right. Having the seating offset to one side is something I didnt want to do...but maybe it is the best solution. Instead of giving the middle seat the best seat in the house, it give the middle and side equally good seating....
I am trying to be optimistic here....maybe I will let you guys chime in and see what you think. I currently have a 36" door for the theater entrance. Is that big enough to get seating through? Do I need to go bigger? Can I go smaller? If I go with a smaller door, I can use the saved space to bring the riser over and center the seating more.
Sorry for the long winded post. Let me know what you think. Below is a picture of the theater so you dont have to refer to the first post. It shows the riser modified and seating offset to the left.