First option is the sofa (three seater) which is my wife's favorite. Her main issue is the "cuddle" factor of being able to sit closer and having the option of having guests sleep on the sofa if needed, like an extra bedroom (although we already have a guest bedroom/office). Whatever sofa we get would have to have built in recliners. My problem with this is that the "money seat" will be front and center, and it just feels awkward to me to sit in the center of a sofa with no arm rests. Two people sitting on the sofa would probably sit at different ends by the armrests, leaving the best seat in the room unused. In defense of the sofa, I could see being able to watch TV or a movie by myself and lie down across the sofa as being a plus. To the people who went the sofa route, has this been your experience? Do you sit in the middle even without armrests?
My favorite is the theater style seating (also three seater) such as the Berklines. The big advantage is that the money seat should be more comfortable with two armrests. We both agree that cup holders are a huge bonus. I feel like you can still cuddle with an armrest between you and your spouse, but not to the extend you could on a sofa. You lose the option to sleep guests in there, but I'm not really concerned about that because we have other places after the guest room for sleeping if needed (we do have family over somewhat regularly). To the people who have theater seating, can you still get a little close to your spouse, even with the armrest? I know these sound like silly questions, but cuddling is probably the driving factor in our decision here! That, and how awkward the center of the sofa feels.
Any other considerations with the sofa vs. theater seating debate? One other thing that may decide it all is the door to the home theater is up a flight of stairs. Open the door and there is a wall where you immediately turn left after going through the door to enter the room. Any sofa would have to come apart a pretty significant amount to fit, and it's my understanding that theater seating comes apart fairly easily into smaller parts. Thanks for any input!
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