Originally Posted by Unacceptable
Stupid question (probably)... I'm looking at theater seats and I like the idea of doing them similar to your setup with a row of 2 in front of a row of 3 but in the sofa configuration for the rear row of 3.
Can someone tell me why a row of 3 is several hundred less than a row of 3 sofa which has two less armrests? Doesn't make sense to me. The ones I'm looking at are on sale for $1200 for a row of three but the sofa configuration is over $2200!
I'm wondering if you can buy the regular row of three and take the armrests off the middle?
It has everything to do with the model chairs you buy, and a little of where you buy them from. Some manufacturers make chairs in only one configuration, so modifying that costs extra. So they have to disassemble parts and re-wrap the leather. There's also the fact that the "Normal" setup of seats is with armrests between each seat. So those are what is in the most common, and they have the most supply of. Anything outside of that requires them to be smarter about your order, make sure you have all of the right chairs, etc. More hassle for them. One of the guys I talked to told me I could remove the armrests myself if I wanted, but I wouldn't be comfortable trying that. Basically, a row of 3 seats with armrests between is probably the most commonly purchased setup, and applies to most people, so it's usually the cheapest option. Others come in certain configurations, like Left Arm Only, Right Arm Only, No Arms, Both Arms. And a no arm one is cheaper than a two arm one. Thus, a sofa configuration is cheaper. Somtimes they don't even care either way. They just care how many total "Seats" there are, and that is your cost.