Originally Posted by Ladeback
Now I see why you want to go with a drop ceiling to avoid all the stuff hanging below the joist. Is you 107" counting the pipes and duct work below the joist?
With a 20" riser in the back you will have about 7' or a little less for clearance I believe. I was wanting a third seating row as well and my room is a little of 26' long, but if I do it would put the back row right under the the rear surround so I thinking of going with bar top with stoles to get away from the back wall and and not have such a high riser in the back.
It is good to see pictures now and it sounds like you have a plan. I keep changing mine, but hopefully will decide on one soon.
Yes, the avoid it, but also to not conceal it behind drywall. I realize the room will be a little louder. Further, if I do proper soundproofing of the walls now, and in 4-5 years f I'm displeased with the drop ceiling, I can come back and redo the ceiling, and sound proof it and be a 100% locked up tight room.
However, if i half ass the other aspects today, I can never sound proof it properly.
With all those pipes, I want to maintain access to that stuff relatively easy. While there COULD be a broken pipe at some point, there could also be a need for a new pipe for relocating my laundry room as I plan to do in a few years. Maintaining access will make that a lot easier.
The actual bottom of the joists are at 8'10"-8'11".
The pipes that hang below are at about 8'7" clear (Not counting stuff near the edge of the room where soffits will go). So, I'm hoping to slide in at 8'6" in the front 2/3 of the room.
For the rear 1/3, there are NO pipes in the middle area (inside the soffit edges), which means I hope I can squeeze 8'8"-8'9" clear there.
Yes, I'll then have 7ft clear under the ceiling, and 6'4" clear under the soffits (unless I step down at the back a couple more inches.
I origianlly planned for a bar and snack area. After everyone in the dedicated theatre forum said NO snack bar or popcorn inside the movie room, I dumped that whole area in favor of comfy seating.
We aren't drinkers, and while some will drink at our house, a bar just didn't seem like comfortable seating so I just ditched it.
I know the back row will be under the surround, but so what? They will be alright.
To that point, I'm looking for some cool column designs for the rear specifically whereas I can keep them VERY shallow at the seat back height, but then they get deeper above that height to allow for greater depth to conceal rear surround speakers. Similar to what I discussed for the side surrounds, except the rear surrounds could be 10-12" deep speakers, so I need the column to come out further, along with a framed wall box into the sheetrock to conceal it.
I'm wondering if I should bite the bullet and buy a table saw? I have a hand skill saw, a jig saw, a sawsall, a dual bevel 12" compound miter saw, but wondering if I'll end up with enough ripping to justify owning a table saw for this build.
As for false walls, I see a lot of talk about 2' of depth. However, the PB1000 subs I've looked at seem to be around 28" deep. I'm afraid if I don't make it at least 30" clear space behind, I'll end up too shallow at some point. I'd love to squeeze it down and get another 6" for the mid riser, but can't see how I can make that work.