Having the Theater Experience at Home
Innovations in television technology the last few years have truly allowed consumers to bring the movie watching experience into their home. The development of flat screen televisions, the explosion of media services providing a plethora of movies and television content, and improvements both in home theater sound systems and media delivery devices have been a boon to the consumer wanting to have a quality movie experience without the hassle of going to the local movie theater. There are some factors that the consumer should consider when shopping for a home theater system, and home theater seating in particular bears a close examination. Not every room and family is the same, and it is important that the consumer find the best possible match for their home entertainment needs.
First and foremost, the consumer should be clear about the room itself, both its dimensions and shape. This will have an effect on the number of seats that it can accommodate and the size of the television that the viewer can comfortably watch in that space. A very large flatscreen television is not going to be a good fit for a small spare bedroom, and a small television in a large room will get lost in its placement. The shape and dimensions of the room itself will have an impact on the sound, whether through a sound system or the televisions native speakers. Depending on the number and configuration of the home theater seating, the sound system will need to be arranged to maximize its delivery to everyone in the room, and not just the person in the middle. The consumer should also keep in mind other furniture that is in the room when considering home theater seating options and lighting. Are there large windows in the space? Are there lamps to be placed next to the seats or does the room have ceiling mounted lights on dimmer switches?
Once the consumer has a good sense of the dimensions of the room, they need to consider how many people the seating can accommodate. This can be an important consideration if the home theater seating needs to accommodate a large family equally and comfortably. Sectionals and sofas are better suited for large families, while individuals can comfortably enjoy lounge seats.
Perhaps most importantly to home theater seating considerations is comfort and durability. Since it can be a considerable financial investment, the consumer will want their home theater seating to last for a long time. A good benchmark for comfort in home theater seating is about two hours. This is the average length of a movie, and like a new bed, the home theater seat that seems comfortable at first may not be so by the end of a movie. The seating should have high density foam cushions that provide good back, head, and neck support, and have the proper stability.
Setting up a room for a home theater system is exciting because of the pleasure that the experience brings. With proper research and consultation, the consumer should be able to find a home theater seating setup that is ideal for their home.
Guest post contributed by Lindsey Ratcliff who blogs for furniture sites where you can find more information on home theater seating.
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