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turbonerd12

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Hi all,
We are building a new house. Our basement foundation drops down about 13" where the screen will go so that we can have a couch on that level and then an couch behind it 13" higher. (See plan uploaded- it shows a platform, but we dropped it instead of building up). I was thinking of a 110" screen size so that the people on the lower level aren't too close. But I'm also concerned about the distance for the people sitting at the counter watching. So then I was leaning toward 120" screen. We are about to wire everything up and put the outlet in the ceiling for the projector and I'm trying to get a distance where the electricians can put that outlet in- but I'm basing it off of the screen size for distance. What viewing distance do you go off of? Thanks!

Also- our ceiling height will be roughly 8'4" on the upper level and then about a foot higher as you drop down.
 

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Dave Upton

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Hi Emmi,

It's hard to be sure, but it looks like your first row of seating is about 9' back from the screen. At that distance, I wouldn't go beyond 110", just for viewing comfort. You can use this calculator to play with the variables and get angles, but I can say that in my room 9' and 110 is about the limit of comfortable viewing.

https://www.projectorscreen.com/projector-screen-calculators
 

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I respect Dave's opinion but I've personally found 120" FINE at 7' and would go bigger if I had the room to do so. You'll be more fine at 9'. YMMV.
 

turbonerd12

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The back of our couch on the lowest level goes to 13’. So I’d say viewing is 12’ from the screen. I don’t want to go too small either that viewing from the countertop would be too far.
 

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