Home Theater Seating Guide

So, you’re planning on a media room or dedicated home theater room. You need to know everything about home theater seating. This guide will educate the home theater buyer on how to select and purchase home theater seating. http://twoplankstheater.org/

Home Theater Room Dimensions:

The first thing a buyer needs to do is measure the theater room in it’s entirety. Top four considerations when buying home theater furniture.

  1. The width of the viewing screen. The optimum viewing distance is 1.5 to 2 times the width of your viewing screen. After you have decided this, you now know where to start your first row of seats.
  2. Should I put a second row of seats in my theater? A second row may need a raised platform at least 7 inches in order to see over the front row of seats. For most theater loungers you’ll need at least a 72 inch depth platform for your 2nd row of seats.
  3. How many seats across can I fit? This the width measurement. The optimum is four seats across for home theater.
  4. Do you need an aisle? Center aisle or side aisle? Most rooms feature side aisles. A three foot aisle is ideal. The best advice is to measure your room twice. The proper fit is imperative to your theater. Most home theater seating is special order and not returnable to retailers.


Most home theater seating feature wall saver or wall hugger design. The recliner inclines versus reclines allowing you to put the chairs close to the wall usually about 4 inches space required. You should check product specs to figure out how much space you’ll need in back of the chair. If it’s a wall hugger design you may need more space in front of the chair to allow for the footrest to come out. The depth of the chair will be the key measurement.

  1. Depth in full recline position
  2. Depth in upright position
  3. Measurement from front of the chair to front of the footreast.
  4. Measurement from foot of the chair to back of the headrest.

Fixed Home Theater Seating

Fixed home theater seating is similar to real movie theater seating with a rocking mechanism. Most varieties of movie theater seating don’t recline they rock. The advantage to these seats are that you can fit more of them in a limited space than recliners. The most common use is placing these seats on a second row platform in home theater, apartment building theaters, condo association theaters and home theaters that want to achieve the movie theater look. Fixed theater seating is not as comfortable as recliners but it has its place in some home theaters. The trend with apartment and condo complexes is to build a community theater for the residents. This provides an amenity for community living. In this case, movie theater seating makes sense so you can fit larger numbers of people in a smaller space. The viewing time is usually limited to a few hours at a time versus home theaters where people tend to use for tv, movie and gaming which extends the time utlization of the seats.

Pre Built Home Theater Seating Vs Special Order Seating

  • Pre Built Home Theater Seating For customers on a limited budget with limited time for delivery. Pre-built seating is seating that is normally in stock. The seating is pre built theater seating with limited color choices. The most common color available in pre built seating is black leather/vinyl or black leatherette. Most pre built seating is manual recline. What you see is what you get with pre built seating.
  • Special Order or Custom Theater Seating For customers with a little better budget that have planned their lead time properly. In this case, you can pick and choose configurationsand materials that suit your specific needs, and the furniture is finished to order. In short, you have many choices to build the seating you want. Keep in mind, special order seating can take longer to ship depending on the brand you choose.