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What to Know About Home Theater Recliners

When most homeowners start setting up a home theater or media room they tend to focus on electronics: big screen, projector system, surround sound, and lighting. Selecting the right home theater recliners is just as important as choosing superior audio and video components.No matter the size of your space and whether you want a single recliner or multiple rows, if you’re serious about your home theater or media room you’ll want to look for recliners that are durable and made with quality materials. After all, you’ll be using your home theater seating for hours at a time and many years to come. Most recliners also come loaded with features you may not be aware of.

Basic Recliner Types

Classic Recliner – This is the recliner your dad or grandad loved and may have spent many afternoons napping in. The key feature is a manual lever or button that reclines the back and positions the footrest up.

Rocker Recliner – Another manually adjustable recliner with a built-in rocker mechanism designed to rock back and forth in an arc. Most of these also have a swivel feature.

Glider Recliner – Similar to a rocker recliner, the seat glides back and forth on a straight path instead of an arc. Gliders are most popular in nurseries for new parents to rock babies to sleep.

Power Recliner – This is the most substantial of all recliners and features fully automatic reclining mechanisms instead of manual levers or buttons. Electronic controls give you precise positioning for back and footrest. Many of these also feature power adjustable headrests.

Theater Recliner Essential Features
Power recliners are the type of seating perfectly designed for home theaters, media rooms, and living rooms alike. Home theater single recliners offer the same wide array of features that seating rows, tiered seating recliners, and theater loveseats offer. Top grain leather, tray tables, in-arm storage, power recline, power lumbar, and headrest just to name a few. Whether you choose a traditional or contemporary style theater chair, you’re sure to find something that will look great in your family room, media room, or home theater.

A shining example of the perfect entry-level single recliner is the Seatcraft Monterey. It features most of the previously mentioned power options and is available in three top-grain leather colors. Additional features include a USB charging port, LED lighted cupholders, and ambient base lighting.

Soundshakers add an immersive sonic experience to home theater enjoyment. Integrated with your theater’s audio system, this bit of hi-tech wizardry transmits vibrations to your recliner in sync with the action on your screen. You’ll not only see and hear but feel each moment as your chair vibrates to each car chase or explosion.
The Seatcraft Kodiak includes this Soundshaker technology, along with adjustable power lumbar support.

The wall-hugger seating option allows the chair to sit just inches from the wall, even in full recline, furthering its efficient use of space. This is an important feature for single recliners in small living spaces or media rooms. It’s also perfect for multiple rows of theater seats to keep people in the front row from reclining into those behind them.

Materials and Durability
Durability starts with the frame. If you want your home theater seating to last through years of use, be sure your seats are made with the highest quality kiln-dried natural or engineered wood with blocked reinforced frame joint construction.

Upholstery is important, obviously, and should be durable and stylish. The Seatcraft leather recliners we feature are available in many different types. Leather 7000 is the very finest leather for home theater seating. This exclusive, luxury material is a type of top-grain leather that is painstakingly hand-picked for premium look and texture. Only the thickest, toughest, best looking, and most durable top-grain hides will do. The leather is then carefully buffed to remove any imperfections or variations in color and texture so that your home theater seat is tougher, more durable, and easier to maintain than any other material.

For those searching for the allure of leather, combined with the affordable value of other materials, bonded leather is an attractive alternative. It has the look and feels of genuine full-grain leather at a fraction of the cost. This is because bonded leather is made of a polyurethane-leather hybrid, which is more durable than fabric, while providing many of the same advantages in look, texture, and feel as full-grain leather. In addition, the material actually has more consistency than full-grain leather and is even easier to clean due to its non-porous material. Wipe with a damp cloth once a week, and it should look radiant for years to come.

Fabric upholstery is available in a wide range of main colors and coordinating piping colors. The Cavallo line of recliners features a plethora of leather and fabric materials. Fabric is a perfect choice for those looking for a multi-purpose material, as it’s renowned for projecting an informal, laid-back feel that is both warm and inviting. It is not limited by this reputation, however, as it can be fashioned into a dazzling array of texture, color, and pattern choices that can combine to mimic other fabrics with ease. The tough, resilient texture of burlap and the soft, velvety touch of suede can be equally replicated using fabric, at an outstanding value.

Recliners have come a long way since the classic manually adjustable seats of years past. Today, home theater seating comes in many styles and materials, and with advanced features that previous generations could only dream of. is committed to providing the best options for your home theater. Whether it’s a single recliner, multiple tiered rows, or media lounge sofas, we have all the seating and accessories you’ll need to make your experience the best it can be.

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How To Choose Home Theater Seating You’ll Love

Like most everyone today, you’re probably spending much more time at home than you ever did before. Maybe you’re streaming movies and TV shows, or digging through your collection of DVDs for those old favorite films you haven’t seen in years. More than ever now is the perfect time to start thinking about creating your own home theater. And remember, it’s not the size of your space that matters, but how you choose to use it.

Setting up a home theater can be as easy as adding a single recliner or two, a compact surround sound system, and a streaming device to the TV set in your family room, or as elaborate as building a dedicated viewing room with multimedia sofas, high-end speakers, and a big-screen TV system. Today, we’ll focus on the best seating for your home theater, no matter the size of your room.

Planning Your Space
What is the best home theater room size? That’s like asking what’s the best color. Everyone’s taste in a home theater experience is different. Whether you decide to use your existing space or build-out, there are many options for seating, as well as audio and video to suit your needs.

One thing to consider is the size of the TV or screen you have or want to purchase. Each size screen has its own optimal viewing distance, which is the minimum distance between you and the screen resulting in the best visual experience. There are loads of complex formulas, charts, and graphs online that will give you a precise viewing distance, but the easiest way to figure this is to measure your screen size and double it. For example, if you have a 60” TV, the best viewing distance is about 120” (10’). Remember, it’s not an exact science but a guide for what generally works best. Your preferred distance might be on either side of this formula.

Home Theater Seating Options

No matter how big your screen or amazing your sound system, trying to get comfortable on a lumpy couch and some spindly side chairs can spoil the entire home theater experience for your family and friends.

Commercial Style Seating
Commercial style movie theater seating is available in many different styles and colors that are sure to match your home theater decor. Flip-up armrests and gravity assisted flip-up seat cushions to come standard in most styles. The armrests contain generously sized cup holders to fit most beverage types. Whether you need a single seat or a row of six, these home theater seats are a suitable choice.


Recliner Seats
HIgher-end plush recliner theater seats have lately been installed in commercial theaters, but they’ve been a staple of home theaters for years. They work equally well in sets of one or two for living rooms, or in multiple rows for larger dedicated rooms. If you do choose multiple rows, a good rule of thumb is to have 6 feet of space between the rows and to use the largest screen that your wall will accommodate while factoring in viewing distance.


The Seatcraft Napa recliner, for example, is a great introductory model in the recliner home theater seat line. Equipped with a space saver design, top grain leather, USB charging port, LED-lighted cup holders, powered headrest and recline, you can even get free accessories like swivel tray tables and ambient LED lighting. Again, they’re perfect alone or as a pair, or you can choose to combine rows of six recliners or mix recliners with loveseats and sofas.


Multimedia Sofas
In addition to a vast selection of traditional reclining theater seats on the market, there are plenty of multimedia sofas that are perfect for any home theater or media room setup. Multimedia sofas are basically two recliners with a center seat that can be converted into a fold-down table with console storage. These can be easily adapted for up to three people with the center storage console folded up.


Single, Straight, or Curved
Many home theater seats are available in straight and curved rows. The number of seats – and whether they’re straight or curved – is determined by your room’s physical dimensions, obviously. But if your theater is wide enough, it can easily accommodate curved rows rather than straight. The biggest advantage of curved seating is that every person’s view is oriented toward the center of your screen, and no one has to crane their neck during a screening. Curved seating is most important for the front row in your theater but less critical for back rows where the sight angle is reduced, so straight rows are fine.


With the Palliser Ovation series, you can choose from a wide array of fabrics and grades of leather, all available as a single recliner or in 15 combinations of curved or straight rows of seats, sofas, and loveseats. Features include power recline and headrests, USB charging, hidden in-arm storage, LED lighted cupholders, and base lighting in seven ambient colors.


If you’re ready to start turning your home theater dream into reality, start shopping online with us today. We’ve been providing the largest selection of home theater seating for almost 20 years. We are the largest in-stock dealer of Seatcraft, Barcalounger, Lane, and Palliser home theater seats. Each brand is unique in its features and styles, providing a wide array of colors and materials to choose from. Custom theater chairs are also available for most brands, while these seats may take a little longer to produce, the quality and craftsmanship will last you for years to come.