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I have a 4" square steel support column a few feet inboard of my LEFT wall, and about midway fore and aft. I am planning on enclosing it in a mini drywall covered wall, with an electrical outlet and a speaker connection plate for the seats' future kicker.


I am beginning to think that I should add a 2nd, Dummy column on the right side just for symmetry.


Neither column will interfere with the screen view...


What would YOU do?


Thanks in advance...


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I love symmetry. If it doesn't interfere with viewing angles, then I'd go symmetry.
 

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I have two poles that will be enclosed in columns on the left side of my HT build. I'm making two columns on the opposite side to match.


Symmetrical columns are the way to go.


Interestingly, the ceiling in my HT is asymmetrical. I think the ceiling is an exception, though. Columns are different.
 

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I have a 4" square steel support column a few feet inboard of my LEFT wall

define few, it sounds like it would chew up a lot of space to put a false column on the other side.
 

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37"...from left wall...so 37" from right wall, too...


The little walls will be 5" deep x about 10" wide...


I admit I like symmetry...


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define few, it sounds like it would chew up a lot of space to put a false column on the other side.
 

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I would think you could lose 5" on either side of a 16' wide room without any problem. Do you have a floor plan sketched up? Not only do we all love symmetry...we really love floor plans.
 

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... Not only do we all love symmetry...we really love floor plans.

Yep. Symmetry, floor plans, and pics. That about does it for this forum.
 

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I would think you could lose 5" on either side of a 16' wide room without any problem. Do you have a floor plan sketched up? Not only do we all love symmetry...we really love floor plans.


The columns would be 38 inches from the sides that means taking 6.3 + ft of the 16 ft room leaving a 9.7 ft wide center of the room. This doesn't sound like a plan to me.


You could actually put a wall where the column is and have an almost a 12.8 ft wide room.


Or put a wall leaving the column six inches into the room and a matching column on the other side. The room will feel like a symmetric 13.3 room.
 

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Or put a wall leaving the column six inches into the room and a matching column on the other side. The room will feel like a symmetric 13.3 room.


This is actually what I did with my HT. I put the dividing wall just outside the support poles to gain ~12" of extra room on that side, not counting the columns. So I gained about 6" total, with a 6" deep column on either side. So BETWEEN the opposing columns, it's actually a bit narrower than if I would have just build the walls in-line with the support poles, but overall the room volume was increased by having a wider overall rom with only the columns sticking out a little bit. I think it looks pretty good (on paper).
 

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Lost my love for the symmetry now...


Do you have a floorplan/overhead view?

 

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Oh wow. That's WAY into the room. There's no way I would build a column around that from the wall and there's certainly no way I would duplicate that on the opposite side of the room.


Best bet is to build an isolated column around that pole and try to hide it at the end of a seating row or something.



No offense, but why did you wait until you had all the walls up before you decided what to do with the pole?? Seems like a little planning would have been better. But maybe not, who knows.
 

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Just paint it to match your wall color and live with the elephant in the room. By matching it to the wall it will blend in when it is in your field of vision. Painting it black would make it disappear when the lights are off but stand out when the lights are on. Anything you build around it will make it bigger. The exception would be it you are putting fabric on the wall you could wrap it in the matching fabric.


Do you want a little or a big pimple on the end or your nose. Most people would go for little.


The pole looks a little rough, I would sand smooth, apply one or two coats of metal primer, sand, and then apply your paint of choice.
 

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None taken. You may have misinterpreted my request...


I didn't wait until I had all the walls up before I decided what to do with the pole. I knew all along how I was going to handle the "real" support pole. I asked for opinions regarding adding a SECOND dummy treatment for symmetry...after my wife brought up the issue...


Trust me, there has been much planning...


I am using the "real" pole as a means to get 110V and speaker wires to the riser. Making lemonade out of my lemon! The enclosed pole "wall" will frame the left side of the front row of seats. A second dummy wall would do the same for the right side front seat...


Here's a pic of what I did last night...

http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphoto.php/photo/31333



Thanks for all the comments...

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Oh wow. That's WAY into the room. There's no way I would build a column around that from the wall and there's certainly no way I would duplicate that on the opposite side of the room.


Best bet is to build an isolated column around that pole and try to hide it at the end of a seating row or something.



No offense, but why did you wait until you had all the walls up before you decided what to do with the pole?? Seems like a little planning would have been better. But maybe not, who knows.
 

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The columns would be 38 inches from the sides that means taking 6.3 + ft of the 16 ft room leaving a 9.7 ft wide center of the room. This doesn't sound like a plan to me.


You could actually put a wall where the column is and have an almost a 12.8 ft wide room.


Or put a wall leaving the column six inches into the room and a matching column on the other side. The room will feel like a symmetric 13.3 room.

I missed the part about it being 38" from the side wall. Hmmm...if you change it out to a smaller round pole and arrange your seating just right, you could rent your room out for bachelor parties
 

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Here is a link to the plan view, and the "mini wall".

http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphoto.php/photo/31332

http://gallery.avsforum.com/showphoto.php/photo/31333




Good one about the round pole, but I might have a hard sell with my "boss"!


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I missed the part about it being 38" from the side wall. Hmmm...if you change it out to a smaller round pole and arrange your seating just right, you could rent your room out for bachelor parties
 
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