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Home Theater Furniture

Furniture can make or break a room. Sometimes, it's not such a big deal if the furniture in a particular room isn't perfect. But when you've decided to undertake such a major home renovation project as a home theater, you need to have the d'cor just right. Get the furniture wrong and you loose the focal point of the room. Luckily, the influx of personal theaters in homes across the country has made it especially easy to get a hold of the perfect home theater furniture.

Sit Back
Your home theater seats play a pivotal role in your home theater setup. Not only do they need to be comfortable since you'll probably be spending many hours on end in them, but your home theater seating is also responsible for dictating the placement of all your electronics. Your seating will decide how much floor space you have available for other home theater items, where your screen and speakers will go and just how many people will be able to enjoy the room at one time.

Because seating is so important to home theater decor, it should come as no surprise that most home theater stores offer lot's of options in this area. You can get everything from basic, bolted-to-the-floor-seats to luxurious leather home theater recliners. And, no, these recliners are not the same as the chair in your living room. What distinguishes a home theater recliner from a regular recliner is the built-in cup holders and often a built-in snack table as well. However, these loungers aren't for the frugal shopper. Prices start at $1,400, although you may be able to get a deal if you buy three or more recliners.

Plush seats that look like movie theater seats, only nicer, are another popular choice with many home theater builders. These seats often have reclining features as well as cup holders. Some may even be able to connect with other seats or bolt directly to the ground to really help you feel like you're at the movies. Prices for these chairs generally start at $300.

However, home theater experts often advise against using high-backed and reclining seating. This is because the extra head cushioning serves as a sound absorber while a recliner changes your head position. Both of these factors can alter the acoustics in the room and make your listening experience less intense. But many people are willing to forego this experience, opting instead to stay comfortable.

Relax
Numerous home theater stores also carry more unique styles of home theater seating furniture. While many of the designs look very distinctive, the seats themselves may not actually be that comfortable to sit in for extended periods of time, especially if you like to shift a lot when you watch television. Additionally, the price tag of $800 or more for one chair can be quite off putting if you were hoping to buy more than one seat.

Because of the hefty price tag that accompanies many of the specialty seating sets, trying to find discount home theater seating may not be such a bad idea. Many home theater stores offer free shipping as well as setup, which can help save you some money. They may also have sales on from time to time, so it's always a good idea to keep your eyes and ears open for a good deal. Even if you're not ready to install the chairs just yet, there's no reason why you can't take advantage of cheap prices.

Another way of getting discounted home theater seating is to buy used. This option may not be appealing to some but it is a great way to get cheap seats! For a really authentic feel, you can always ask to buy some seats from a nearby cinema that is closing down. However, if you didn't find the seats comfortable when you attended the theater, then don't even think about putting them in yours. You want your home theater to be a haven, not an uncomfortable and unpleasant experience every time.

Of course, there is no rule that says you must use home theater furniture. If you prefer your existing couch, then stick that into the room. If there's a sale at your local department store, then pick up some comfortable seats or a couch and maybe a side table or two.

And Enjoy the Show
Once you have all your seating needs satisfied, you can start looking around for other home theater decor items. Obviously, the overall theme of the room will dictate just what your home theater interior will look like. But if you're going for a general movie theater feel, then there's no reason to fear a shortage in decorative items. Just a few of the many items with a Hollywood theme to them include:

  • Carpets or rugs
  • Stools
  • Tables
  • Bar towels
  • Clocks
  • Mirrors
  • Candle Holders
  • Footstools
  • Pillows
  • Theatrical posts with velvet rope
  • Dressing room stars

A very easy way to bring Hollywood into your home is by hanging up some home theater pictures. Many poster and art stores sell movie posters from recent and classic films at very reasonable prices. You may also want to enquire at your local cinema from time to time to see if they have any old movie posters hanging around that you could buy. To really give it that movie theater feel, you may want buy a lit poster case, complete with "Now Playing" signage.

Popcorn! Get Your Popcorn!
What is a movie without snacks? If you have the space, you may want to consider putting in a fully working concession stand. There are mini stands as well as full-sized ones with lights to really show off your assortment of chocolate bars. And don't forget the popcorn cart!

With all this yummy food on hand, you'll need a mini-fridge for drinks. Many home theater stores sell fridges with clear glass doors. Great for soft drinks, juice, beer or even a bottle of wine!

With so many options in home theater furniture, you may have a hard time deciding how to decorate your home theater. But, as long as you have fun with your decor, you can't go wrong!

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