Raising a couch?

James~P

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I want to increase seating in my room... how should I go about raising a couch up high enough for the people seated in it to see above those infront?


Should I just build a frame out of 2x4s and finish it with plywood?




Thanks.
 

Frank Zimkas

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a 4" riser isn't going to be high enough. Try setting your couch on some blocks that are 8" tall and see how it looks from the "Cheap Seats/NoseBleed" section.
 

Frank Kanyak

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I went about 6.6" for the first riser and 12.5" for the second riser...I should have went about 3-4" more on all of them...It's not that bad when it's only my kids, but when average adults sit there I see about 2" of there heads...Hope this helps you out...Check out my web-site...
 

KenA

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Ideal staircase riser height is seven inches. You want to keep your platform around that or you're probably going to have to add a step between it and your base floor. You should check local building regulations, but usually, the max height is around 8.5 inches.
 

Pus Suchre

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When I make mine in another month or two- I will be using 2x10s, with 3/4" plywood on top and bottom- giving me 11 1/2" tall riser. I'm rather short and I HATE looking at the top of heads. So 11 1/2" dosn't seem too much in my case.
 

Pus Suchre

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When I make mine in another month or two- I will be using 2x10s, with 3/4" plywood on top and bottom- giving me 11 1/2" tall riser. I'm rather short and I HATE looking at the top of heads. So 11 1/2" dosn't seem too much in my case.
 

Glen C

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depending on screen size and height off floor, and viewing distance... you'll still want 10-12" on the riser above the row in front.

nothing is more annoying than seeing the back of someone's head while watching a movie
 

Glen C

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depending on screen size and height off floor, and viewing distance... you'll still want 10-12" on the riser above the row in front.

nothing is more annoying than seeing the back of someone's head while watching a movie
 

ace peterson

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I used 2x8's topped with 3/4" cdx plywood. I also built a platform for my 50" Toshiba widescreen to sit on. That platform is approximately 12" high. It works great.

If I had the space in my HT, I would make the riser for the couch about 4" higher and add a wide step.

Good luck!
 

ace peterson

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I used 2x8's topped with 3/4" cdx plywood. I also built a platform for my 50" Toshiba widescreen to sit on. That platform is approximately 12" high. It works great.

If I had the space in my HT, I would make the riser for the couch about 4" higher and add a wide step.

Good luck!
 

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