Your Home theater Furniture is built for more purposes than simply storing electronic components. It’s your home’s entertainment hub, designed to promote family and social time.
With so many options in Home theater Furniture, how do you select one that suits your décor and style? Here are some tips to consider:
Note the size of the base and overall width. Most television sets look best when placed on top of furniture that is as wide as the furniture itself. This protects the TV as well. But if you pick a stand that’s too big, your screen will appear small.
Take an inventory of your electronics, i.e. DVD and Blu Ray player, CD player, video game console, cable box, remote controls, speakers, subwoofers, soundbars, etc. Choose furniture that can accommodate all these components and still leave room to include a few more down the road. Avoid the need to stack certain electronics on top of one another as this creates a lot of heat.
This is a highly personal choice but you have many options at your disposal. Keep in mind, your Home theater Furniture is going to be the largest furnishing in your family room. It will set the tone for the entire space. So what do you prefer? Do you like glossy finishes, metals, and glass? If so, then consider contemporary furniture styles. If you like the appearance of wood, with stress on form and functionality while saving space, then modern furniture is your best bet. Don’t forget to pick a finish that complements your surrounding furniture.
Open vs. Closed
Another design consideration to ponder is whether you prefer an open or a closed system. Most home theatre furnishings are built using a combination of wood, steel, and glass. An open system puts your electronic components on display, lending a contemporary feel to your space.
If you prefer that only your TV should steal the limelight, then consider an enclosed cabinet. Although your electronic components will be out of sight you can still easily access them. In this case, just ensure there is enough ventilation from the back to disperse heat.
Once you’ve considered the style and size of your Home theater Furniture, think about its placement. The location is what matters most. If you’ve got a large feature wall, then this is perhaps the best place. If you have a small space, corner models work best.
If you like playing video games while sitting on a chair or the sofa, then don’t forget to position your TV so that you’re getting minimum neck strain. A majority of sofas are up to 22 inches high so placing your television set at eye level means between 40 and 48 inches.
Having a set of specific features is what actually sets one home theatre furnishing apart from the rest. These are designed to improve your entertainment experience.
Accessibility & Adjustability
You will likely acquire more DVDs, CDs, video games, and equipment with time. This means your furniture must adjust and adapt accordingly. Features like adjustable shelves can help you easily reconfigure your furniture while providing easy access to the rear connections and components. Furniture on wheels or with removable rear panels makes maintenance feel like a breeze.
Look for furniture that provides a combined wire management system. This enables you to connect various components while neatly controlling all your cables and keeping them out of sight.
Looking cool is one thing but keeping things cool is equally important. Electronic components generate heat and it must exist somewhere. There needs to be built-in ventilation to encourage this heat to dissipate.