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Home Theater Seating: 7 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

If one thing sucks the fun out of buying home theater seating, it’s buyer’s remorse. The best way to avoid any unpleasant surprises is to know where most people make mistakes and how to avoid them.

We have organized 7 of the most common issues that people overlook to help avoid buyer’s remorse and prevent costly errors.

Home Theater Seating: 7 Shopping Mistakes to Avoid

Here is where people go wrong when buying home theater seating


#1 – Disregarding Sightlines

Shoppers often get excited about the styles and features of their home theater furniture but forget about functionality. Sightlines are the direct visual angles a viewer has to the screen. The screen placement and the distance the furniture is from the screen are essential elements of good sightlines.

The viewer’s height is also a factor, as is their preference for home theater seating positions. For example, some people like to recline in a home theater seat, whereas others prefer to cuddle up on a chaise-style lounger.

With multiple rows and options for home theater seats, sightlines can be an oversight when placing your order. But you don’t have to renovate your room to improve sightlines to your screen.

This is a Riser Setup Diagram | Home Theater Seating.

After properly adjusting your screen height and the optimum furniture distance, increase sightlines with two convenient options— Home Theater Riser Platforms or Tiered Home Theater Seating by Seatcraft.

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These options help raise the row to see past the headrest and the person in the row ahead, giving the best view to the screen. Layering complimentary home theater seating styles also helps maintain sightlines while catering to various heights and viewing preferences.

#2 – Overcrowding Home Theater Seating

Space planning is one of the most problematic elements of purchasing home theater furniture. People often can’t judge the dimensions of their room, never mind the size of the home theater seating they intend to use.

The result is overcrowding of the furniture in the theater room with little space to recline or safely move around.

Shoppers should first calculate the width and length of their home theater. Then, using the dimensions provided by Seatcraft, determine the footprint of the home theater seat, both upright and in the reclined position. Next, consider the number of home theater seats needed, plus the desired seating configuration. Finally, leave space at the sides and between rows for everyone to comfortably move around the room regardless of the seating’s position.

Remember, curved rows take up more space than straight ones, although curved rows are better for sightlines.

We recommend leaving a minimum of 3 feet between each row-end and the wall and a minimum of 4 feet between reclining home theater seating. For more help designing your home theater room, use Audio Advice Home Theater Designer to enter dimensions and plot optimum spacing.

#3 – Buying Low-Quality Home Theater Seating

Buying Low-Quality Home Theater Seating

Budget constraints could lead shoppers to purchase low-quality or cheap home theater seating. It’s certainly tempting to save money wherever possible.

The truth is, buyer’s remorse is far more likely when poor quality seating breaks and the shopper has to replace the furniture much sooner than planned. A frugal mentality can also diminish the overall experience in your home theater.

The buyer can miss out on new technology, convenience, and optimized features that enhance their home theater seating. Poor quality can also lead to more waste in landfills!

It turns substandard quality ends up costing buyers more in the long run, leaving them to wish they had purchased better quality home theater seating in the first place.

This might help you: A Guide To Choosing the Best Home Theater Seats.

#4 – Inadequate Power Requirements

Don't miss the best home theater experience because of inadequate power requirements.

A fully equipped home theater has many electrical requirements. It includes a big screen, possibly a projector, surround sound stereo equipment, and home theater seating with all the bells and whistles.

Nothing kills the mood faster than having a breaker blow or your new Soundshaker seats not working due to inadequate electrical wiring.

Verifying the outlets have enough electrical juice to deliver all the power requirements is frequently bypassed until installation. Of course, by then, there’s no option but to wait for an electrician to create a dedicated circuit for your theater room by then.

Seatcraft home theater seating offers daisy chain electrical ability to optimize the row’s power and help eliminate excess cords.

For the best home theater experience, it is wise to consult with audiovisual and home theater seating experts to discuss the proper electrical requirements. Then have the electrician in before your furniture and equipment arrive.

For audiovisual expertise, contact Audio Advice. For home theater seating expertise, contact Seatcraft Customer Service.

#5 – Price Shopping Over Brand Awareness

Everyone wants the best deal possible when they are making a large purchase. Unfortunately, some companies only focus on making the sale. While they offer a great price, their pushy sales tactics and lack of product knowledge leave a lot to be desired.

The mistake is getting lured in by the ‘deal’ and sacrificing product warranty or shipping options to get it. So they walk away with your money, and you are on your own after that point.

Developing a trusting relationship with Seatcraft means not only are you supported through every stage of your purchase, you will also get the most value for your money— including the best price.

#6 – Lack of Research With Pros in the Know

Getting bad advice from the wrong people is one of the worst mistakes shoppers make, no matter what they purchase. Unfortunately, with the internet full of opinions and guidance, you can quickly get swayed in the wrong direction.

When it comes to home theater seating, you want to learn all the dos and don’ts with true experts. But, unfortunately, shoppers can have some nasty surprises waiting for them without proper research from reliable sources.

Seatcraft educates its customers through live customer service professionals, sales consultants, instructional YouTube videos and delivers exactly on its promises. Seatcraft never oversells what you don’t need or want. They continue to support you through every question, purchase, installation, and maintenance for years to come. Plus, with over 40 years of experience, Seatcraft is the expert in the field of home theater seats.

You must read this: Home Theater Furniture – A Buyer’s Guide to 6 Styles

Seatcraft Home Theater Seating

#7 – Poorly Planned Home Theater Budget

When shopping for home theater seating, the last common mistake is not making a well-thought-out budget and sticking to it.

Home theaters have many components that require special attention and an adequate dollar figure budgeted for each. So, if one element has overspending or a lack of planning, other areas will suffer. Rebalancing the budget means there is less money to spend elsewhere. The overall result is a less than pleasing home theater that doesn’t satisfy the dream.

By doing the proper research with ‘pros in the know’, you can budget accordingly. Space planning, electrical requirements, audiovisual equipment, and home theater seating will have a proper plan to set in motion.

The proper budget also leaves room for spending wisely on quality and value over flashy sales and cheap seats. Protect your budget by purchasing your home theater seats with Seatcraft as a long-term investment.

The end result is a home theater that looks, sounds, and feels as fabulous as you hoped.

Check this out: Seatcraft Home Theater Seating : Elegant and Affordable

To Conclude…

By avoiding these 7 mistakes, shoppers can shop with confidence and informed decisions. Their money is well-spent on the home theater of their dreams that operates at full capacity.

Got some questions?

Seatcraft is ready to answer any questions you have about your home theater or home theater seating. We also suggest checking out The 7 Most Common Home Theater Mistakes by Audio Advice for more tips to help design the perfect home theater!

When you are ready to start shopping for furniture, be sure to learn about the different types of home theater seat styles in Home Theater Furniture: A Buyer’s Guide to 6 Styles.