Wednesday, December 14, 2011
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Theater Seats
It wasn't very long ago that home theaters could only be found in seven-figure mansions in the swankiest neighborhoods and zip codes. But now the relative affordability of huge HD televisions and the widespread availability of home theater furniture have made it possible for individuals and families with more modest incomes to bring the cinematic experience into their homes, too.
Along with a large flat screen TV, good theater seats are the most important element of your entertainment room. After all, just watching movies from a regular sofa or armchair is hardly sufficient to qualify the experience as "cinematic." It's the cool home theater furniture that elevates the activity to a new level of enjoyment and makes you feel as though you're in your own private screening room.
In order to make sure you get the most out of your theater seats, here are some things to be aware of before and after you make your purchase.
Cost vs. Quality
Affordability is kind of a double-edged sword because many manufacturers are forced to use cheap materials to keep costs down. But the problem with this approach is that cheap home theater furniture is not very comfortable and doesn't last very long, which means you could end up with chairs that you hate sitting in and that you'll have to replace within a couple of years. It's a good rule of thumb to purchase the best quality that you can afford, so keep that in mind while you shop.
The right amount of seating
You'd be surprised at how many people fail to buy the right amount of seating for their needs. If you have a family of four, purchasing only two theater seats means you'll have to deal with constant arguments about who gets to sit where. Conversely, if you usually watch movies alone, there's no reason to buy four top-of-the-line power recliners. Do your best to buy the right amount of seating even if that means outfitting your media room in stages to lessen the immediate effect on your budget.
Overall setup of the room
The overall setup of the room has a major impact on the viewing experience. For instance, making sure your television is mounted at an ideal height, connecting and calibrating your sound system for superior performance, reducing or eliminating ambient lighting, and placing your home theater furniture in a way that optimizes your view of the screen will all help you get the most out of your equipment and chairs.
Now that theater seats are more affordable than ever, you can go ahead and furnish the media room of your dreams. Just make sure to keep the above points in mind before and after you shop so you can maximize the benefits of your new home theater furniture.