It is really does matter where the seats in a home theatre, because the pleasant viewing of a movie and its sound completely depends on seating position. Here we’ll give some critical instructions which will help you in positioning home theatre seats and the TV itself. Many home theater designers are taking for granted one fact. The bass frequencies have a big tendency to disappear at the middle and build up at the walls. One typical mistake that individuals make when establishing their own home theater is to put the seats nearby the wall or the middle of the theater. There has been done big research in setting up the seats in a home entertainment. If the seating isn’t right, it would be difficult – if not impossible – to get immersed into a great home theater experience. Also it is very important to take into consideration the likings of each member of your family. For this reason you can choose definite distinct seats with accordance of requirements of your family. Home theater seats are really important details which you must pay close attention to.

Very important concern is where to start the placement of the seats from. The width of the screen and the angle of vision have to be taken into consideration, while calculating the distance. As per the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) guidelines:


A primary consideration – especially when it comes to the dedicated home theater room – should be to determine the room space requirements.

Measure your room: Firstly you should carefully measure the width and length of the room where the theatre will be placed. Then in order not to forget the data write it down in both inches and feet. This will help with calculations. You should be very attentive while measuring the length because this will be the primary number needed to calculate how close to put your seating. Note: Length is the dimension of the room that will span from the screen to the seating. But measure the maximum room-length available in the room.

Subtended Viewing Angles and Seating Distance:

Perfect angle of vision in order to enjoy 2D effect for an HD TV is a horizontal angle of 30 degrees of view and 15 degrees of vertical angle of view which is true to a viewing distance of 1.9 times the screen width, for a single row of seats. If you have more than one row of seats than: horizontal angles of 36degrees for the front row and 26 degrees for the last row, which corresponds to the viewing distance range of 2.2 to 1.54 times the screen width and the vertical angle not exceeding 35 degree, specially for the front seat. As you have understood the range is specified for the angle of vision if more than one row of seats. The interval of viewing distance is between 2 times of screen width and 5 times of screen width. The more close position of your home theatre seat can result in poor picture quality as the image pixels can be easily distinguished. For this point special depixelization filters (for LCDs) are used to overcome the problem.

Another consideration when planning your home theater seating should be to ensure that all parts of the screen are easily visible by all viewers. In a home theater installation with a single row of seats, it should not be difficult to ensure that all viewers have an unobstructed view of the whole projection screen area. If your seating consists of multiple rows of seats, the situation may be somewhat different. In case your home theatre has more than one row platforms can be installed which are with risers and steps for better viewing from the back rows. the optimum height should be approximately 12 inches per row. This corresponds to a stadium type seating and would normally require a two 6-inch steps between adjacent rows. At the same time, they should be wide enough, so that the huge-sized seats can be placed onto them, without toppling over. If that is not possible, another option is to arrange the seats (if separate) in a scattered way to obtain the best possible view. There are two graphic pictures which will show the right arrangement of home theatre seating.
You should remember that the design and layout of your home theater seats play a determining role towards achieving a great home theater experience.