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Best furniture for your movie room

Laura Williams, M.S.Ed. is a personal trainer, freelance writer and entrepreneur who works with a wide variety of fitness clients. She's the founder of the popular website, - Girls Gone Sporty, and she's the host of the High Impact Blogg...

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There are three things you need to keep in mind when outfitting a movie room with furniture: seating, storage and snacking. Learn how to account for these three things when purchasing furniture for your at-home theater.

Seating

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The type of theater seating you choose will depend largely on your personal style, the space you have available and whether your movie room has to function as a multi-purpose space. Before making a movie room seating purchase, consider the following:

  • If you're doubling your living room as a theater, invest in a large sectional sofa or a series of attached recliners as a type of multi-function seating. If you're concerned that most reclining theater seats look too impersonal for everyday living, consider purchasing a curved series of chairs without arm rests between each seat. We like this four-seater option with the extra ottoman (above) from Interior Express.
  • In a cozier environment consider investing in a number of large beanbag-like chairs. You can stack them and store them away when you aren't showing a movie, pulling them out for your guests as needed. For a more permanent solution, consider a sectional sofa that is conducive to cuddling, like the Bass Zoob sectional from the Theater Seat Store. It's large enough for a gaggle of kids during a slumber party, but small enough to feel cozy when you're kicking back to watch a nice romantic comedy with your honey.
  • For the true home theater, you can't go wrong with traditional theater seats like these Forum chairs (above) from the Theater Seat Store. These work best when you want to be able to screen movies for a larger group while maximizing your available space.

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