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# How long is too large or to small raiser? for a back row sofas

Hello,

I'm finishing my Home Theater Room. My room dimension are 8'(H)x10'(W)x17'L). I'm deciding how long should i make a riser for a second row sofa. For now, i'm planing into making the riser for the back row close to the rear wall and it will be 6' long, that will leave me 11' to put 2-3 reclinable chairs front. With that back row sofa I would like to lie down and watch TV on the back row sofa from time to time, plus i have kids that probably will watch movies lying down. the screen will be 9' wide 16:9

1-will 2' height feel too tall?
2-with a 1' height riser, is it possible to watch TV while lying down on a sofa? can I see over a standard front chair?
3-what height would you use?

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You can use the Riser Height Calculator to determine whether you could see from the reclined back row over the front row. Too high? Dunno, I've never seen a 2' riser. You'd definitely need a couple or 3 steps down.
In my theater (version 1.0) I had a 11.25" riser (plus carpet/pad) for the second row (berklines) and had a couch in the front row with absolutely no issues. My suggestion would be to create a makeshift riser to test the height that you are comfortable with. It all depends on how high the front row seating is and how low the bottom of your screen is.
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You can use the Riser Height Calculator to determine whether you could see from the reclined back row over the front row. Too high? Dunno, I've never seen a 2' riser. You'd definitely need a couple or 3 steps down.

Thank you very much, i found the riser calculator. It says the minimum i could use is 3", i think that a 12" is better than a 24". Is 12" kind of a standard used size? or lower?
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Originally Posted by Iusteve

In my theater (version 1.0) I had a 11.25" riser (plus carpet/pad) for the second row (berklines) and had a couch in the front row with absolutely no issues. My suggestion would be to create a makeshift riser to test the height that you are comfortable with. It all depends on how high the front row seating is and how low the bottom of your screen is.

Thank you very much. For your version 2.0 theater, if you where to build the riser again, i saw you havent finish it yet but it is looking good, would you go higher, lower or the same?
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Originally Posted by gabrielcab

Thank you very much. For your version 2.0 theater, if you where to build the riser again, i saw you havent finish it yet but it is looking good, would you go higher, lower or the same?

Well my plan was to go the exact same however the seating I am leaning toward offers a higher chair base for the back row therefore I can get away with a lower riser. If I decide against these chairs then I will for sure go the same as it worked out perfect for us and was never an issue and we are a tall family as my wife is the shortest at 5'10".
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