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post #1 of 9 Old 03-29-2020, 11:32 AM - Thread Starter
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Help me design my new theater

My wife and I are getting ready to build our new house, which will have a large area above the garage where I can put my new home theater. I currently have a theater set up in the bonus room of our current house, so I'll be re-using a lot of my A/V equipment. But this will be the first time I design a theater room from the ground up, so I could really use some of your expert advice in coming up with an optimal layout for my new theater. Current blueprints have an 8 foot ceiling height in the space (though I may be able to change it to 9 feet if needed).


I'm hoping some of you can give me your recommendations on an optimal way to configure the space I have available. I've attached a diagram with the dimensions of the space I have to work with. Here's what I'm looking to accomplish:


1) Dedicated home theater room (used 90% for movies; 10% for sports, etc)
- No windows and completely light controlled
- Ceiling mounted JVC NX7 Projector and a 135" 6x9 fixed screen
- 7.1.4 speaker configuration, with 4 in-ceiling overhead speakers (I may increase this to 7.1.6 with 6 in-ceiling overhead speakers)

- 2 rows of 4 reclining theater seats; back row on a riser
2) Equipment room adjacent to the home theater with rack mounted components
- OPTIONAL: Mounting the Projector in an adjacent room as well to reduce projector noise
3) Wet bar outside the home theater room
4) Full bathroom


Thanks in advance for your help!
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is the ceiling a flat 8-9 ft high or does it taper up from the side walls to the maximum height?


does it look like this?

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The primary pitch of the roof is 12:12, while the secondary pitch (on the two ends) is 5:12. So there is some taper, but not as steep as your photo.
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A little something I know you didn't see coming, splayed walls, 20 inch deep acoustically transparent screen wall, back of first row 11 ft from screen, back of second row 17 1/2 ft from screen, grand step up entrance outside the theater space. Careful choice of seating required for the second row which is now 5 so that they aren't too wide maybe even two loveseats and single in the middle, see Jive seats at Rtheaters.com, use convertible arm rests for the loveseats if you want. No idea how this will mate with your ceiling.



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Wow!!! I never would have come up with that design!
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If you do it don't frame in front of those corners for the windows, bridge the corners with framing and span with drywall just in front of the corners. It will save 3 inches of room width x2. There is also room to do 4 subs tucked in backer boxes in the 4 corners outside the rooms perimeter. You could also place your equipment behind a hinged panel in one of the window bump outs. Media storage in the other.








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If you want a riser that you can comfortably walk on, definitely go with 9ft ceilings.
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When designing a "trapagon" shaped room like the one in your sketch above, what are the advantages/disadvantages to having the front wall (screen) wider than the back wall (viewing area) versus the other way around?



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I gave it the space capsule shape to add a little more room at the back for the entrance. You only have one wall were you can place the door in your room and you don't want it on the screen wall. As for the splayed walls you can do that visually with fabric walls and keep the original room shape if you want.
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