Seating Inspiration 2021

5 Best Home Theater Seating Ideas For 2021

last updated:
April 1, 2024
Bobby Bala

Discover how to set up the best home theater seating in the year 2021. The best visual designs, comfort arrangements, and leisurely surroundings.

There's nothing like enjoying the latest big-screen masterpiece from the comfort of your home theater.

Are you designing such a space in your home? If so, it pays to invest in top-tier luxury seating that delivers an authentic, cinematic experience. Here are some of the best new home theater seating ideas.

As you research your options, keep in mind that there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for the best home theater seating. The ideal setup is one that meets your family's needs as well as your interior design aesthetic.

Today, Elite Home Theatre Seating Inc. (Elite HTS) is sharing five home theater seating ideas to get you started. Read on to discover the styles, features, and details to know.

Styles of Theater Seating to Consider

Any standard seating solution will work for your home theater, right? Not quite.
There is a myriad of different styles to choose from when designing your theater, and it's worth taking the time to review each of them.

After all, without cushy and luxurious seating, your theater room is just a projector on the wall. The seating you select can set the tone, and atmosphere for the entire environment.

To help narrow down your personal preference, let's review three of the most common styles of theater seats on the market. These include:

• Contemporary
• Traditional
• Transitional

Contemporary Theater Seating

Contemporary recliner styles feature sleek, modern designs with clean lines and stylish touches.

Elite HTS release of the popular 2020 Black Edition Cinema Chair is an ideal example. From its unique wood trim to the luxurious Black Onyx Silk Leather, it's the ultimate fashion-forward look.

EHTS art black home theatre seats

Traditional Theater Seating

While traditional seats are equally stunning, these include classic touches that have stood the test of time such as the tufted backrests and ornate corbels featured on the Model S4 shown below.

Even though some of our designs are traditional, modern technology is still included such as our robust, German-designed, motorized recline mechanisms. All of our Home Theater Recliners are covered by our industry-leading 20 Year Warranty.

Featuring heavy-duty wall-hugger mechanisms and high-quality seating foam, these chairs are available in a myriad of configurations including, curved, straight, or loveseat configurations. We can also modify any of our standard motorized chairs into chaises.

EHTS Red Traditional best home theater seats

Transitional Theater Seating

Then, there are transitional styles. These blend the two, offering elements that are both old-school and future-focused. The Model L9 shown below combines traditional metal tacking and a modern backrest design

Another example of a transitional design is our innovative Cinema Chaise which is not a recliner, but more of a couch style. There is also the recliner couch or sofa.

Speaking of theater couches, our popular Cuddle Couch allows up to two adults and one child to lie down, turn around, and stretch out under a blanket for the ultimate family movie night!

EHTS Red Transitional most comfortable home theater seats

So no matter the style and theme of your theater, we have you covered with a wide array of theater seating options.

As we move further into 2021, here are some of the latest trends in theater seating :

Decorative Accents

Gone are the days when theater seats remain unembellished. Today, premium seating includes special, decorative accents designed to truly customize and personalize your seating.

A few of the accents we're embracing and offering this year include:


EHTS Theatre entertainment chairs with piping

Wood trim

EHTS theatre seating sectional with wood trim


EHTS contemporary home theater seats with tacking

Custom quilting

EHTS modern home theater seats with custom quilting

Sleek, Hidden Accessories

No at-home movie screening is complete without your favorite beverage nearby. Beyond the seat itself, there are many other great home theater seating ideas. For example, rather than sticking with the standard cupholder placement, why not customize yours?

Another helpful feature of our Chair Customizer tool is the ability to select your preferred cupholder finish. The options include:

• Black

• Gunmetal

• Antique Copper

• Silver

• 24K Gold Plated

You can also get creative with the placement. Customize your chair with a hidden sliding cupholder to keep it out of sight but always within reach.

In addition to your cupholder, you can add custom storage compartments and drawers perfect for stashing remotes and blankets. We can also integrate tray tables into our designs to maximize the in-theater dining experience!

EHTS sofas for home cinema with Hidden Accessories Storage

Tailored Layouts

Every theater room is different with various dimensions and platform sizes. As the manufacturer, we can create configurations that precisely fit any existing platform. We also provide complimentary layout drawings so that you can plan your theater room accordingly.

A few of our most popular layout configurations include:

  • Chaises
  • Loveseats
  • A straight or curved row of two/three/four/five
  • Straight or curved flanked loveseats
  • Three-seat sofa
  • Captain's chair double loveseat

Working with an existing platform? You can even use custom radiuses to ensure that your new row of chairs fits perfectly. Browse our home theater layout ideas for inspiration!

Below is an example of a theater that uses the “Captain’s Chair Double Loveseat” configuration in the front row.

EHTS theater seating layout ideas

On-Trend Upholstery

Another way you can personalize your home theater seating design is by selecting the exact type of leather or fabric you prefer. Our upholstery options include:

• Silk leather
• Valentino leather
• CineSuede

All of our materials are supple, soft, and supremely comfortable. As an alternative, we can also create a custom chair using a special fabric or leather that you supply.

In addition to selecting the color of your chair, chaise, or sofa, you can also hand-pick your stitch color.

Choose a contrasting tone for a trendy, modern look, or stick with a similar shade for a seamless, traditional design. If contrast catches your eye, you can even design dual-tone seating!

Here is a theater that perfectly blends many different colors to create a truly unique cinema experience. Our popular Cinema Chaise would be a perfect choice for this kind of room.

EHTS theatre sectional Custom Upholstery

Underglow Lighting

While the seats are the star of the show, you can also ramp up your home theater this year by installing dynamic underglow or aisle lighting.

Placed strategically near your seating setup, these lights help establish an immersive viewing experience. They also add instant flair to your theater chairs while illuminating the walkway in a dark theater.

These lighting systems are a relatively simple way to add personality and illumination to your space.

EHTS Underglow for movie theatre couches

Types of Home Theater Seating

It’s the weekend. You have booked a day for family time, or perhaps some “me” time. You have your movies set. Maybe it’s the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or Star Wars. Maybe something newer, like all the movies you missed over the past several months. Perhaps you intend to binge-watch a season or two of your favorite show.

Whatever the case may be, you have your drinks and snacks ready, along with several hours of entertainment. Your home theater awaits you. The big screen lights up and the speakers start thumping as you make yourself comfortable on your couch or in your chair, only… you can’t get comfortable. The seat is uneven. Something pokes you in the back. Or maybe the seat is reasonably comfortable, but after the first hour, it starts to become less so.

You are discovering now just how important the right seating is for your viewing pleasure. You can have the best possible TV or projector, coupled with a top-of-the-line sound system, but if you are shifting in your seat unable to relax, how are you going to focus on your entertainment?

Quite often, seating is something of an afterthought when designing a home theater, when it should be one of the main considerations. Leaving decisions about your seating until the end also tends to result in most of your budget being used elsewhere. And while you don’t need to break the bank to get the right seating, you also don’t want to settle for the absolute cheapest option available.

What you need in-home theater seating will depend on a variety of factors such as the size of the room and the number of people who will be watching at one time. Let’s look at five of the best home theater seating ideas for 2021.

Home Theater for Two

If you are in a two-person household or have limited space, you will likely want something rather simple. If you only need two recliners or a love seat, you may be able to splurge and spend a little more for seating that includes custom touches like drink holders, recline control with USB, custom logos and embroidery, or any of several other options. If it’s just going to be you and your significant other, then you may also want to consider a cuddle couch where the two of you can stretch out and relax, or get close under a warm blanket. Large enough for one child to join you, cuddle couches are a great way to view your movies and shows together.

Seating for two has the advantage of being movable to get the most out of your speaker system. Position them with enough room behind them to allow for a pair of satellite speakers.

Cuddle home theatre seats

Dedicated Home Theater Seating Arrangement

When thinking of home cinemas, this is probably what most people will think of and involves one, two, or perhaps three rows of seating facing the screen directly. With tiered seating, you achieve an authentic cinema look, not to mention providing a clear view of the back rows.

This type of seating is perfect if you plan on having multiple viewers, such as when you are entertaining, or if you wish to replicate the experience of visiting your favorite cinema. Speaking of which…

Elite Home theater stadium seating

Themed Home Theater

For many cinephiles, having a home theater is not enough. To make the most out of their experience, they create a themed home theater. Virtually anything that can be imagined can be recreated, whether it’s patterned after a particular film, or built to resemble movie houses of old. Posters, popcorn machines, track lighting, and stadium seating can all come together to create a completely unique look that is 100% you.

This type of home theater can be built for nostalgia or for whimsy, or perhaps even a bit of both, and can be a perfect place for displaying a collection of movie memorabilia. With the number of options available to you for the look and style of your seating, you will be able to match anything you dream up.

Batman themed home theater

Viewing/ Gaming Home Theater

For many, the home theater does double-duty as a play area as well as the large screen and comfortable seating make a great choice for playing video games - for both little kids and big kids alike. In this kind of situation, your best bet is to have the seats front-and-center.

Depending on your setup and equipment, viewing films, sports, and television can be done from different angles, even in curved seating arrangements. When gaming, however, it is best to be centered directly in front of the screen for the best gameplay experience. This kind of seating arrangement is perfect for surround sound, which benefits both your viewing and gaming.

kid friendly home theatre seats

Seating for a Projector

Projectors are a great way to enhance your viewing and are a big step up over a TV. There are some things to take into consideration, however, specifically the projector’s throw ratio. This is basically the correlation between the size of the screen and the distance from the projector. Movie theater recliners are great options for this kind of viewing, providing you the ability to lean back and enjoy the spectacle playing out on the big screen before you.

There is no wrong way to enjoy your home theater, especially when you can build it exactly the way you want. Just remember that you get the most enjoyment out of your viewing experience with comfortable seating.

Shop the Best Home Theater Seating Products

Are you ready to transform a room in your house into a home theater? If so, there's never been a better time to start this project. You can try out some of these ideas and see how your ideal seating would look with our custom home theater chair customizer.

When you're looking for the best in custom luxury home theater seating on the market, start your search with us. We'll help you create a unique design that's as impressive as it is comfortable.

These are only a few of the unique touches we can incorporate into your setup. Contact us and let's discuss the rest of the details!

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