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Is a single-seat home theater a "sad" concept?

I have a small room (roughly 12 ft long x 11 ft wide x 9.5 ft high). Other than me, no one in the house gives a damn about this stuff/movies/home theater. For my new home theater, I planned to have a two-seater sofa in there but then realized I could probably have one really nice and comfy recliner instead (room is not wide enough for two recliners as they are generally quite large). What do you guys think? If we ever did decide to watch a movie together, we could just do it in the TV room which has a Sony HTIB and no one will care about the difference in equipment/quality.
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If you get those theater vip seat style recliners which are mounted to each other with an armrest that can go up and down to switch between love seat or two separate seats, it might fit two after all. The ones I ordered are about 61” per seat for two, so that leaves enough room to the sides in an 11’ room.

I got these: https://www.bioscoopstoelen.nl/vip-s...lack-vulcan-2/ and I’m sure similar sizes are available from US brands as well.

Maybe that feels less sad and gives you options when you have a friend over or someone in the family does want to watch a movie some time.
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Thanks.

Come to think of it, an issue I see with having two recliners side-by-side is that neither seat offers a dead-center position for when you are viewing alone. I am OCD about this stuff.
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Come to think of it, an issue I see with having two recliners side-by-side is that neither seat offers a dead-center position for when you are viewing alone. I am OCD about this stuff.


I ended up with a row of 4 that’s slightly off center to make enough room for an aisle. Because it’s off center seat number 2 out of the 4 is exactly in the dead center position.

I’ve been considering mounting the riser on simple rails however to be able to center the entire row, but for now that was too much work.


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I bought an electric 3 seater recliner with arms between each seat but set it up with out the arms, making a narrow 3 seater with all recliners and central sweet spot seat.


Or how about a fixed reclining chaise or 2 ??


Like this : https://i.pinimg.com/originals/83/61...07f6de6ab7.jpg





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I have a single-recliner home theater… and I like it that way
I can make room for one more chair if I absolutely have to

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Maybe have a look at an "Oversized Recliner".
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The single seat home theater is out there, but rather rare. I can't quite wrap my head around one seat, but I am thinking maybe just 3 seats for the next theater.


is the most extreme one seat room I have come across. I can't help but think it could host three seats....
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Come to think of it, an issue I see with having two recliners side-by-side is that neither seat offers a dead-center position for when you are viewing alone. I am OCD about this stuff.
I am in my room every night alone for 6+ hours. I sit on a reclining luv seat with one part perfectly centered to the screen and the other not. Then to my right is a table and another chair (regular theater chair). This all fits in a 12.5 foot width with a door to the left of my seat. If the door was located somewhere else I could put another seat in. The room you describe is definitely wide enough for you to have a great main seat and at least 2 overflow seats one to the left and one to the right with a table to put your food/drink on.

A luv seat is about as comfortable as a recliner chair but I can also lay down a bit if I want.

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building a two seat theater would be a statement of hope that sometime in your future you will find someone who shares your passion for a good movie in a great theater. You actually have room for 3 Fusion Jive theater recliners.
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building a two seat theater would be a statement of hope that sometime in your future you will find someone who shares your passion for a good movie in a great theater. You actually have room for 3 Fusion Jive theater recliners.
Man I hate those types of seats. They're the typical expensive theater seats and in my opinion are way over priced and really not very comfortable.

I started with a setup like this with a single awesome seat for me, a great seat for 2 others, and then over flow for kids or whomever else filed in.


Now I run 3 rows and moved that sofa to the front row where I sit alone most the time lol.
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I can count on one hand the number of movies my wife and I watched together. But, I'd still shoot for seating for two.
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I have a small room (roughly 12 ft long x 11 ft wide x 9.5 ft high). Other than me, no one in the house gives a damn about this stuff/movies/home theater. ... I planned to have a two-seater sofa in there but then realized I could probably have one really nice and comfy recliner instead ... What do you guys think? If we ever did decide to watch a movie together, we could just do it in the TV room which has a Sony HTIB and no one will care about the difference in equipment/quality.
Sounds to me like that room is your room so, IMO, you should do whatever you want in order to maximize your enjoyment in it.
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I have a small room as well (13 x 12) and was able to squeeze 4 seats in, though in retrospect, I sometimes wish I would have gone with 3 larger seats where I can sit dead center. However, it is nice to be able to have company over and fit 4 in at the same time, though that's probably only 3 or 4 times a year. 99% of the time it's just me in there, and sometimes the wife and two little ones, but I figure there will be more occasions as they get older where the wife and kids will be in there with me, so I wanted to make sure I had enough room for all of us.
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Hogan Zero Wall Recliner. Meant for one, easily big enough for two, and incredibly comfortable. Much more elbow room than a theater style seat
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I have a small room (roughly 12 ft long x 11 ft wide x 9.5 ft high). Other than me, no one in the house gives a damn about this stuff/movies/home theater. For my new home theater, I planned to have a two-seater sofa in there but then realized I could probably have one really nice and comfy recliner instead (room is not wide enough for two recliners as they are generally quite large). What do you guys think? If we ever did decide to watch a movie together, we could just do it in the TV room which has a Sony HTIB and no one will care about the difference in equipment/quality.
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Id still do a couch since I don’t always want to sit upright or reclined. A couch allows for proper man spreading or to go beyond that and have one leg on the floor with the other up on the couch or both up on the couch - you get the idea. In the end it’s not about others being able to join you but about having enough room for which ever way you’ll feel like laying around. If they choose to join you then of course you’ll have room.
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What's to stop one from bringing in a couple of chairs, with the single seat layout, or even add a matching second/third seat?
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I have a small room (roughly 12 ft long x 11 ft wide x 9.5 ft high). Other than me, no one in the house gives a damn about this stuff/movies/home theater. For my new home theater, I planned to have a two-seater sofa in there but then realized I could probably have one really nice and comfy recliner instead (room is not wide enough for two recliners as they are generally quite large). What do you guys think? If we ever did decide to watch a movie together, we could just do it in the TV room which has a Sony HTIB and no one will care about the difference in equipment/quality.
Except yourself after spending time in your HTroom.

I say Bugger the others if you're certain they're not interested in the HTroom.

I'd buy myself (No.1) a top-of-the-range-mickey-mouse-home-theatre-seat. One that you can add onto.

For example, I've got 5 HT seats that all link together. One seat has an arm-rest on either side & the rest only one because like I said, they all link together.

So buy the one with 2 arm-rest & if others become interested you still have the option to add to your existing seat. It's one way to maybe get them jealous of your you-beaut HT room.

Hope this helps ;-)
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Get the ultimate home theater chair. The head bolsters may interfere with surround sound though.

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AGREED!

I sort of did that. Selfish Bastard design.

I had the designer place the best seat as if it was the only seat and then filled in the other seating from there. 9/10 movies are just my wife and I.

Quite happy! Moreover, I don’t like being in a front row when watching movies. So, the best seats are in the rear row (2 rows in my theater).

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Yeah the dream house has always had a single seat no holds barred theater - in addition to the main theater lol

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Go for the single seat and make the room what you want. I built my theater for 8 people and I’m the only person ever using it.

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Man I hate those types of seats. They're the typical expensive theater seats and in my opinion are way over priced and really not very comfortable.

I started with a setup like this with a single awesome seat for me, a great seat for 2 others, and then over flow for kids or whomever else filed in.


Now I run 3 rows and moved that sofa to the front row where I sit alone most the time lol.


Those red recliners look ultra comfy.
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The big plus that a single seat layout would offer, would be to keep the surround speakers off the seating. A nice bonus might be what you turn unspent money on additional seats into.

I think the ultimate seat would be a D-Box seat, and to make sure one's feet on a platform that moves with the seating.

The bigger challenge might very well be, keeping a small room with projection, from lighting up. Which is going to mean a darkly finished room. Some texture and nice lighting can help
with the creature comfort level.
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My intro into front projection HT started with a one recliner (12’x14’) room. I bought the JVC RS1x and a Carada BW110” screen. I already had the LCRs, surrounds, and a paradigm cube sub. I added two MFW15s, put the cube behind my recliner and was amazed by everything I had been missing. I blacked out the windows and added nice drapes/curtains which provided me with virtually a black hole minus painting all the walls black.

Now I have went stupid crazy and even made sure an addition to my then fiancé’s house wouldn’t be a problem for her before committing to moving in with her lol. That led to a 1200sqft addition from the ground up designed for a theater room and media room.

Trinnov, Quested Audio, and a Sony VW1100es make up my 32’ish’ x 18’ x 10’ HT now. It’s the second variation of for this room but was well worth the wait.


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