Setting aside an entire room to devote to nothing more than watching television or movies can seem frivolous, but for those who really love entertainment this can be one of the most exciting rooms in a house to set up. Carefully chosen equipment, themes and even movies can combine to make a family's theatre room the most trafficked place in a house, but if the home theatre furniture doesn't fit the bill, the opposite might happen.
Choosing home theatre furniture is a very big deal and a proceeding that should be handled with care. The fact is furniture for a home theatre can be very expensive, but it doesn't have to be. There are a few key considerations that should come into play before any furniture is purchased. These include:
Money: Putting together a great home theatre can be a costly venture. By the time the screen and projector and sound system are purchased, there might be very little left for buying home theatre furniture. While it's more than acceptable to phase in purchases over time, breaking a budget is not. When planning for this room's creation, try to put furniture into the mix. Set a solid budget for buys and make sure the other considerations are met to make a room truly spectacular. If money's tight, use the furniture you have and add on later.
Space: While many people might want to have three rows of specially designed movie theatre seating in their home theatre, this might not be feasible. Take a good look at space before making any purchases. One of the top concerns for furniture is placement not only for viewing, but also listening pleasure. If furniture is too big and bulky for a small room, the actual enjoyment of movies might be compromised.
Style: There are all kinds of options when it comes to style of furniture for home theatres. From basic living room sets to special theatre recliners, there's no real rule of the road to follow here. Pick a theme and have fun with it. If the furniture needs to be purchased later, have the theme in mind and build up around it as money allows.
Comfort: Don't discount this as an important factor. Even if an old sofa is used to provide the seating at the start, it should be comfortable to make all night movie marathons more enjoyable.
Functionality: This is perhaps the biggest concern in home theatre furniture. From the tables and chairs down to the storage cabinets, the furniture within a theatre should support the room's overall function. Remember, there will likely be eating and drinking going on in the room, so plenty of drink holders or flat surfaces are absolutely in order. A good place to store equipment and even video library items will also likely be necessary. The functionality is often found in the design of specifically made home theatre furniture items, but it can also be created in a makeshift set up, too.
It doesn't matter if a home theatre furniture ensembles matches from the start, or if it's put together piecemeal. What does matter, however, is that furniture is comfortable and functional. The looks can come later if necessary, but don't compromise on functionality.
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