I had initially thought that I would enlist the help of a professional designer for this space, but after being presented with cost estimates, I decided that I would try and come up with the designs myself.
The room originally was going to be 16x23x9’, but I knew that would not be sufficient for what I had in mind. I also originally thought that I could squeeze in 3 rows of seating, but quickly found out that was not going to be feasible. I had the space on our plan increased to 18x26x10, and decreased my seating expectations to two rows. I have planned for 4 seats on the first row and 5 for the second.
I was going to place a bar in the back, but Instead went with a rear counter-top so that I could have subwoofers concealed under usable counter space.
The space behind the false wall will be 27” in depth (decreased from 36”) - which should allow for appropriate breathing room between the speakers & screen.
The hardest challenge with this room was trying to design a comfortable entrance. There is really only one door location option. I tried flipping the orientation of the room 180 degrees where the screen is closest to the door, but that would make accessing the a/v closet inconvenient, and would make having a false wall difficult. The other challenge with the entrance was dealing with the riser; initially I had played with an idea of having steps outside of the theater leading up to the door, and the entire rear portion of the theater being elevated, but
pointed out a building code flaw that my builder didn’t actually think about until I mentioned what
had said... I then played with many different step ideas inside of the room, and landed on current plan where you step up 7” into the room, and the 2nd row chairs are +7” with the front row at ground level.
I still need to hammer out what my door solution is going to be, as
suggested I do more than what I currently have slated.
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