So you have built the world's greatest 'man cave', loaded to the brim with all the electronic bells and whistles that any home theater enthusiast would die for. You have the perfect projector, playing the perfect movie from the perfect speakers, with lighting that makes you think you should have done this kind of think for a living! Ok, so the next and final step is easy – it's the home theater seating. So, you head down to your den of pleasure and pride and pull out the tape and start to plan the rows for you, the 5 kids and two best friends. This is where it all turns to salt and fear and shock smacks you in the face. You realize that you have enough room for yourself, three out of the five kids and maybe one neighbor, if you make one of the rows a loveseat!!
Don't despair. This is not the point where you start to bang your head against the wall thinking how you could have missed something so simple. This is the point where you look for the famous Palliser space savers. Home theater seats designed specifically for the space challenged environment by cleverly changing certain elements of the seating while keeping all the comfort and sleek design.
Space Saving Home Theater Seats
Here are some great options to choose from before you do anything you might regret:
These seats have been listed in my order of preference and here are a few features that I love about each of the options listed above. The Palliser Bullet or 41946 is the space saver that combines the best style with a nice high back for neck and shoulder support. The other great feature on this Palliser home theater seat is the pillow top style seat cushion. Two inches thick and made from memory foam, it is a newly introduced concept that adds incredible comfort to anyone sitting in this seat. These are home theater seats and the chances are you will be sitting in them for hours at a time so this is a nice key feature. This home theater seating collection also features removable tray tables and LED lighting.
The Palliser Atomic or 41945 is my next best choice. It's segmented back provides great lumbar support and it too has a nice high back height of 44" for neck and back support. These high backs where not common in the first entrants to the industry and that was an early mistake by the manufacturers. This collection also has some great features like removable tray tables.
Lane Grand Slam
The Lane Grand Slam 175 is probably the first Lane space saver and one of the most popular because it has been around for such a long time. It has a great split back design in the back cushions to cradle your lower back, but isn't as tall as the previous two entries at 42 inches in height. Still, this is plenty tall for most people who are not pro basketball players. I felt the armrests on this seat were very narrow which was a bit of a negative for me, but the seat is nice and wide at 25 inches. It appears Lane opted for thinner armrests to maximize seat width. It also has traditional puffy style back rests which many home theater enthusiasts love.
Other Palliser Models
Most Palliser seats are built on a smaller foot print than other manufacturers' products. They would work well for small spaces and the warranties on these seats are outstanding. The material is warranted for 3 years unlike 1 year with many other home theater seats. The styles are also more contemporary.
Traditional Movie Seating
Finally, where space both across and front and back is a problem, consider going with a traditional movie seat from Bass Industries or the Cinema collection. These seats are exactly like the ones in the movie house you enjoyed visiting a few years back but no longer need now that you have joined the ranks of the home theater enthusiast. They are extremely space conscious, much more so than anything else mentioned above but have the obvious drawback of not having the ability to fully recline like the loungers referenced above.