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The Importance of Furniture in Your Home Theater Design

In a recent podcast episode, the experts at Encore Audio Video discussed the vital role furniture plays in theater design and function

The Importance of Furniture in Your Home Theater Design

On a recent podcast episode of Northwest Business radio show, Jeff Grove and Clark von Trotha — system designers here at Encore Audio Video in Portland, OR — discussed two components of home theater design that are often overlooked: furniture and seating.

If you’re looking for cabinets to house your electronic components and comfortable theater seating, you will benefit from talking to an experienced home theater designer like Grove or von Trotha. Keep reading to learn more about the vital role these two components play in your theater room. And listen to the podcast episode here!

SEE ALSO: The Importance of Lighting in Home Theater Design

Equipment Cabinetry

The major issue that Grove and von Trotha see when it comes to equipment furniture is people buying a cabinet without properly sizing it first. If your cabinet is too small to hold all your electronics, you run the risk of the equipment overheating, and heat is the number one killer of electronics. Heat can dramatically shorten the lifespan of your equipment — in some cases by half.

Grove and von Trotha’s advice? Come and see them during the planning stages of your home theater. They sell several varieties of equipment furniture with convective airflow that both cools and cleans the housed electronics. The problem is that many people have a specific aesthetic in mind, then rush to buy the equipment cabinet before the rest of the theater components are finalized. The experts at Encore Audio Video will help you design with electronics in mind…..and the aesthetics will follow.

Encore has a wide variety of equipment cabinetry that can meet your needs. Your theater furniture can be wall-mounted, freestanding, surrounded by custom lighting, and crafted with the colors, textures, and materials of your choice.


According to Grove and von Trotha, seating is one of the most overlooked elements in home theater design. But the right seating plays an important role in comfort and the overall viewing experience. Theater seating should be at the right height for everyone to view the screen comfortably. Additionally, the seats should have good lumbar support to prevent back pain and discomfort after watching a four-hour football game or gaming all day in the theater room.

Encore Audio Video can set you up with the theater seating that matches your preferences. They have non-reclining and reclining options, along with chairs that have cupholders. You can also choose seats with bass shakers that create vibrations and movements synced to the action happening on-screen. With seat shakers, you’ll feel even more immersed in thrilling, action-packed films.

At Encore Audio Video in Portland, OR, our expert home theater designers can help you find the right furniture and seating at an affordable price. Call us to discuss your upcoming project, visit our showroom to explore your options, or fill out an online form to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you so

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