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Need Help with Narrow 7 1/2ft Wide by 15 ft Length Room.

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Hello all, I am so glad I found this website - everyone here seems to be very knowledgeable, certainly more than myself regarding home theaters. I have always wanted a Home Theater and now have the opportunity to create one in a detached room that is limited in space - it's 7 1/2 ft wide and 14 1/2 ft long. Height is TBD. The walls are concrete (this used to be a tool shed/storage room that I do not use).

There are two small windows that will easily be closed so there will be no ambient lighting issues - during the day - it will be pitch black in the room.

Forgive me if any of these questions are dumb, but I'm new to this and want to make the room the best possible theater experience. Here are my questions:

Pretty much a very general question - is this absolutely too narrow? Or do I have hope? Would it feel too cramped considering the questions I am asking below?

1 - Height of Ceiling - The height of the ceiling can be from as low as 7 feet to as high as about 10-12 feet. I have that space so I need to know what would be the best height. I will then have the ceiling installed - it has a roof - it's just kind of open all the way to the top so I can install a ceiling inside of this.

2 - Screen Size - My idea is to have one end of the room have the screen - by my calculations - it looks like it could be between 80-100 inches - using a projector. Is this too large? The bigger the better for me.

3 - Seating - Considering that it is narrow, I was thinking 2 rows of 2 seats towards the opposite end of the screen. I'm thinking smaller type theater seats would be fine for each row - I'm wondering if the first row of seats will be to close to the screen?

4 - Sound - I plan to do the 7.1 surround sound, if I place the back row as close to the back wall as possible, would it be an issue having the rear left/right speakers so close to the back row?

5 - A/C - Since it's detached, I plan on installing a wall mounted AC. I am assuming this must run all the time to keep the temperature comfortable for the equipment correct? Vs. just turning the AC on when I am going to watch a movie? I'm in South Florida - so it is really hot and humid.

I have a million questions, but do not want to overdo my questions with my first thread. I really look forward to hear from anybody that can help me.

Thank you.

Javier -)
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Thank you both. I think it is a brilliant idea to have the 2nd row in the back to be a small couch and then the front row could be the recliners where I could stretch out. The front row will then be for my wife and I, who will be the main users. The back couch could be for guests or my daughters (both under 10 years old).

Also, see, I would have had no idea that the front speakers should be behind the screen. So let's say the screen takes up most of the 7 1/2ft wall and I move it a little bit forward to have space for the speakers. How far from the side walls should they be? I understand they shouldn't be in the corners, but wonder how far towards the middle.

Thank you.

Phillihp - I will definitely post something in the Home Theater Construction Forum.
Is there a website you know where I can go where I can somehow draw up a diagram as to how it will look so I can save it and post it here?

Tony - thank you on the AT screen. I had no idea this existed - I've already learned a great deal from both of you in less than a couple of hours.

How far do you think I should put the screen from the wall? How much space is needed in order for the speakers to be placed behind the screen? 1 foot? 2 feet?
Cool - had no idea. I will definitely look that up. Thank you!
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