Choosing the Right Recliners for Your Home Theater: A Guide

Choosing media room furniture for your home theater seating setup that is stylish, functional and comfortable is as essential as selecting all the right audio and visual tech. As far as the design of your home theater goes, the theater seating you choose is probably even more important than the room décor. Everyone loves a good DIY project, and a DIY home theater is a great way to increase your family’s space for quality time. But like every good DIY project, you can’t just be here or there on the important stuff, like said audiovisual tech and home theater seating. You’ve got to do your research, plan, measure – the works – so the end result looks straight up professional.

You should therefore have a good idea of exactly what home theater furniture you want by the time you’re at the early stages of planning your home theater components. Not only is this smart for budgeting home theater seating, because it is a sizable investment, but there are so many style options in media room furniture nowadays that you can actually design your home theater around your home theater seating! What a time to be alive.

Think about it – even if you have opted for top-end audio-visual equipment like the EluneVision EVO 8K In-Ceiling Motorized Screen paired with a JLC NX5 Projector (that’s a mouthful), if you’re sitting in terrible theater seating, it’s not fun to watch anything on that high-quality projection setup. Likewise, you want to be sure those super-comfy, fancy home theater chairs you bought will stand up to use and time so you don’t end up with defunct media room furniture after only a few movie or game nights.

We’re all about helping homeowners make really cool, better-than-the-movie-theater home theaters. Home theater seating is, arguably the most (or second-most) important factor in a successful home theater. Our blog is, like, mostly guides. Here’s some food for thought on the main factors you should take into consideration when choosing the right home theater recliners to fit the ideal look and ideal layout of your media room furniture.

How Many Seats Will you Need in Your Home Theater?

It might seem like a simple question, but there’s actually a few things to consider in order to best answer how many people you’re trying to accommodate with your home theater seating.

  • Consider your general watching habits. You just have to think whether you usually watch movies by yourself, with your partner/spouse, or maybe with your entire family. 
  • How often do you entertain guests? Is this home theater supposed to add to your entertaining spaces or is it just for the fam? 
  • What are the dimensions of the room where you are planning to set up the home theater? We’re talking width, length, and ceiling height, especially if you’re planning on having multiple rows of movie chairs and will need home theater risers to elevate the back row of home theater seating.
  • Then there’s viewing angles to consider. Which means you need to know (1) the size of your projector screen, and (2) the optimal “cone” of viewing angles. This ties into audio as well. We go way in depth about all that mess in another post.

Simply answering these questions is going to help you understand more about the layouts you might prefer for your media room furniture, as well as if you want different options like home theater sectional sofas or loveseats. If the room has got limited space, you can opt for narrow recliners. If you need to maximize the space between the screen and the seats, you can choose wall hugger theater seating. Likewise, if you’re planning for multiple rows of recliners, then you should consider adding a home theater platform riser for elevating the second/third/fourth rows.

Size Does Matter with Home Theater Recliners

It’s helpful to determine the dimensions of the people who’ll be using the media room furniture the most. For instance, something as simple as the height of the chair’s headrest will greatly affect the overall movie-watching experience. If you’re a larger person, like to curl up in a chair, or can’t watch movies without your lapdog, you need a bit more room to be comfortable. We get it, which is why we make all our luxury theater seating models in original and XL. 

Another aspect of the size variable is the dimensions of your home theater. A row of curved home theater seating can optimize viewing space in a shallow room. Wall hugger theater seating can allow you to add another row where you may not have thought you could. If your media room furniture is mostly for family movie night rituals, consider a home theater sectional sofa and get the whole family cozied up without the room stadium-style seating requires. Whatever you decide, know (1) the dimensions of the recliner, (2) the dimensions of the room, including the screen to seat distance, and (3) the walking room available around your chosen home theater furniture. There’s nothing worse than getting excited about this custom, luxury theater seating you’ve designed, only for it to swallow the entire room up when you receive it.

A Home Theater Recliner is Nothing if it’s not Constructed Well

Lots of people tend to focus on the style of the home theater chair and forget to consider the hundreds of hours they’ll spend in these chairs, watching their favorite movies and sports. You should not be fooled by good-looking recliners in pictures because, at times, there are fancy-looking chairs that are not at all well-made, or don’t consider body types or pressure points. You’ll never have that issue with a Valencia Theater Seating product. We use the latest technology and the highest quality materials to engineer truly luxury home theater seating. 

All of our multimedia room furniture – chairs, loveseats, sofas – are solid wood construction with metal-constructed Leggett-Platt reclining mechanism – a renowned reclining mechanism known for its ease of use, comfort and longevity. Every one of our luxury theater seating options can also be customized with powered headrests, ergonomic armrests and powered lumbar support, that all work together to provide a movie-watching experience that is comfy, quality and relaxing.

The Comfort of the Movie Chairs in Your Home Theater is Key

Choosing the right chair can be daunting, but we try to make it easy. Not only do we consider over 15 different pressure points on the body in our home theater furniture designs, but we only use dense, high-quality foam cushioning that melds to any body’s shape. Pair these features with our ergonomic reclining system, powered headrests or powered lumbar support, and we’ve managed to make every single home theater chair we create completely customizable to your body and your preferences.

It’s not necessary to choose attractive home theater seating that’s uncomfortable, nor should you choose media room furniture that is comfortable but drab. With different options for material, color, style, arrangements and features, Valencia Home Theater Seating lets you have your cake and eat it, too.