The Ultimate Cozy Home Theater
Custom theater chairs create a warm and inviting atmosphere
When I started Elite HTS, one of my goals was to one day build a dream home theater of my very own. I wasn’t sure exactly what it would look like, but I knew I wanted a warm and inviting room—somewhere to escape Vancouver’s cold, wet days of winter.
Much of the inspiration comes from growing up in Edmonton, Alberta and enduring the cold, harsh winters there. Some of my fondest memories are of weekend sleepovers at my grandparents’ house. Trudging through the deep snow after school to the video store and watching movies late into the night. The snow drifts outside were waist high, but we were all warm and cozy under a pile of quilts and blankets. To this day, I’m all about cozy.
When it comes to choosing the upholstery material for your home theater furniture, the climate you live in and the type of environment you want to create will be the major determining factors.
For my home theater chairs, I wanted something warm and cozy, so I weighed my options:
- Valentino Leather (warm): A high-quality, top grain traditional Italian Leather.
- Silk Leather (warmer): An ultra-soft, premium synthetic material.
- Cine-Suede (warmest): A high-quality, velvet-like fabric material.
Though Valentino Leather and Silk Leather are by far our most popular materials, I decided to go with soft Cine-Suede since it was best suited for our climate and our preferences. If we lived in Florida or California, we likely would have chosen either the Valentino or Silk Leather.
Then it came time to determine the layout of our home cinema seats. Many of my family members like to lie down when watching TV or a movie. It’s nice to be able to stretch out, flip around, or get close to that special someone. By contrast, when the guys come over to watch a football game or UFC event, they prefer more of a traditional home theater recliner which provides separation and allows you to precisely angle and position the chair for the optimum viewing angle.
So, to satisfy both preferences, I decided to add cinema chaises to the front row, and our traditional reclining theater chairs (Model L5) to the back row as shown in the pictures below. I was undecided about whether to put the chaises in the back row instead, but so far everyone loves the layout and it’s worked out very well.
One thing to note with chaise seating is that it takes up more room width-wise. The three chaises shown below allow for 4 total seating positions (2 in the wider middle chaise, and single occupancy in the narrower outside chaises). The back row, however, allows for 5 recliners, and possibly more if doing a loveseat-style arrangement.
Elite recently added complimentary Layout Design Services, so if you need assistance with the placement of your chaises or recliners, please contact us. Click here to view examples of the layout services we provide.