Bring the big screen experience home with the right home theater seating – Chicago Tribune
Watching movies at home is never the same as going out to watch one on the big screen at your local movie theater. However, if you have the right stuff, you can get pretty close to recreating a similar experience.
In addition to a high-end TV and a booming speaker system, you’ll want the most comfortable seating possible. The best home theater seating, such as the Diesel 117-Inch Wide Genuine Leather Home Theater Seating, has motion recline, comfortable padding and an accessory dock.
Consider your available space in terms of seating capacity. Not only should you think about how many seats will comfortably fit in the area, but you should also factor in how much space will remain between the seating and the screen. It would be best if you tried to leave between 1.5 and 2.5 times the diagonal screen measurement between your seats and the screen. This may affect whether you opt for one or more rows of seating and any reclining feature.
Most home theater seating is either leather or synthetic leather upholstery. Genuine leather will improve with age, but you must condition it regularly. On the other hand, synthetic leather should remain in the same condition for years but does not require much additional care. Genuine leather may also be more durable than a faux leather alternative.
Many models of home theater seating offer additional hidden storage. This is often incorporated either between the seats or in the armrest and is usually a convenient place to keep your remote controls.
In recent years, USB ports and power outlets have become a more common feature in home theater seating. This makes it possible to charge your smartphone and other devices or plug in a lamp.
Most home theater seating is designed with built-in cup holders, and some now also include retractable or hidden food trays for those ever-important movie snacks.
Headrests, footrests, and reclining capabilities make your home theater seating even more comfortable. When watching a movie, you want to drift off into another world, and these features make that possible. Some seating even offers massage therapy.
Some of the more expensive home theater seating includes lighting built into the furniture. This is helpful for keeping you and your guests from making a mess while eating — without adding too much “light pollution” to your theater surroundings.
Most home theater seating costs between $200 and $1,500, although premium models can cost up to $2,500 or more. For $200 or less, you can find individual reclining synthetic leather chairs that will offer a comfortable viewing experience. For around $1,000, loveseats are available with features like cupholders and genuine leather upholstery.
A. Although there is no specific definition, most people would consider a “home theater,” any space in your home designated exclusively for movie viewing. This usually means a large television or projector and screen, as well as a high-performance sound system.
A. While you can use any pieces you want to create your home theater, single-seat home theater chairs give you an extra level of comfort and convenience. Home theater seats are usually leather or faux leather (instead of fabric) and include cup holders, food trays, and other features that improve the viewing experience.
Diesel 117-Inch Wide Genuine Leather Home Theater Seating: available at Wayfair
Our take: This row of premium home theater seating is perfect for those with an ample home theater setup.
What we like: These seats are made of premium full-grain leather and have a generous 23-inch width for maximum comfort. The high seat back provides excellent back and neck support, and each seat has a personal cup holder.
What we dislike: They’re not attached to each other.
Ebern Designs 35.8-Inch Wide Faux Leather Home Theater Individual Seat: available at Wayfair
Our take: This is an excellent recliner with a contemporary style that’s great for any living room or small home theater setup.
What we like: This seat has a power recliner function and individually pocketed coils encased in foam and wrapped in a layer of resilient material for superior comfort. It has multiple USB charging ports, hidden in-arm storage and two cup holders.
What we dislike: It requires connecting to two outlets to power the recline function, and the cord is short.
Lark Manor Geertruidenberg Velvet Home Theater Sofa: available at Wayfair
Our take: This sofa is made with ultra-soft premium fabrics and has an elegant wall-hugger design.
What we like: It’s made from velvet, and has a standard reclining mechanism.
What we dislike: The back isn’t as tall as that of other home theater loveseats.
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