Media Center Design Ideas For A Clutter-Free Room
Wall units and media centers can be designed for many areas of your home including a library, study, living room, media room or den. Creating a custom media center or entertainment area that is functional and provides ample storage space will ensure you have a relaxing environment so that you have perfect entertainment area to enjoy time with family or friends and create memories.
Here are some media center design ideas that will help minimize the clutter and maximize the entertaining.
Start With the Right Cabinetry and Shelves
Before you begin dreaming up ideas for the ultimate entertainment space in your home, take an inventory of the items you plan to store and the type of storage needed. Think about what you want to feature or display, items that you would like concealed and how often things will be accessed so they can be arranged for optimal accessibility. From there you can determine the right combination of open shelving, cabinets and drawer storage. Take some measurements for the various objects you are planning to store so you can get an idea of the shelf height and configuration needed. This may seem very tedious and time consuming at first, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration down the road.
Once this has been completed, Better Homes and Gardens suggests that your begin selecting the correct type of cabinetry that will hold the size and number of items you plan to store. In addition, make sure the cabinetry you select can support the weight of these objects. Additional factors to consider are where the electric outlet access is located which will determine where wires will need to be run throughout the unit without showing. Decide where gear will be stored so proper access and air flow is present in the case of technological equipment like cable boxes, game consoles, modems and DVR units which can overheat.
Don’t Underestimate the Value of Doors
Doors serve many purposes on a media center besides the style element. They keep books, digital media, collectibles, audio and visual equipment concealed and out of sight. In addition, they minimize the dust that can collect on top of and inside these items, which could cause damage. Doors come in a variety of configurations including flip-up, swinging or sliding. Utilize sliding cabinet doors for corner areas or tights spaces where clearance is limited. Choose from a variety of door and drawer front style options including raised panel or glass inserts to provide the perfect finishing touch.
From the Simple to the Spectacular
Sometimes the simplest ideas work best. You may not necessarily need a massive built-in wall unit. Determine what your needs are and evaluate the options. For example, if the TV will be focus of the room and used for entertaining with the family, you may want to build simple shelves or have cabinetry around the unit where children can store their toys, family board games, favorite music or movies. The trick is to give every item its own storage place so everything stays organized and accessible.
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