How to Choose the Right Entertainment Center
For most families, the entertainment center is the focal point of the living room. It's where they gather on family movie nights, reminisce while watching home videos, or enjoy their favorite weekly TV show together. Choosing the right piece of entertainment furniture can be difficult, but we are here to help make your search easier. Read below to learn about the different types of entertainment furniture, how to choose properly sized piece, and more.
Types of Entertainment Units
Also called wall units, entertainment centers are large pieces of furniture that usually surround and hold the TV. Often they contain drawers, cabinets, and shelves for storage of DVDs, media components, games, and more. Entertainment centers can be as High as room ceiling and the width varies per unit. They are available in a variety of styles to match any décor. Due to their size, entertainment centers a more expensive option. However, the price varies greatly based upon materials and construction. They aren't ideal for small rooms, as their size will dominate the space.
TV stands, or TV cabinets are one of the simplest pieces of entertainment furniture. They are long cabinets on which to place your TV. Generally TV stands feature additional storage (drawers, shelves, or cabinets) for DVDs, games, media components, and more. TV stands can hold most sizes of TVs, or you can mount your flat screen to the wall behind your stand. corner TV cabinets are also available if your room layout determines you need to place the TV in a corner. TV stands work well in rooms of all sizes.
Media Chests and Armoires
These slender units take up less floor space and instead use vertical space to store the TV and other accessories. TV armoires and media chests are ideal for small spaces where vertical storage is necessary.
Options for Flat Screen Televisions
If you have a flat screen TV, you can still find a TV stand or unit that will allow you to mount the TV on the wall. If you still want the look and feel of a unit, opt for an entertainment center that allows you to mount the TV to it. If you are looking for a smaller piece of furniture, try a TV stand with flat screen panel mounts.
Entertainment Unit Styles
Entertainment units come in all styles, so you're sure to find one that matches your existing décor. Identify your room's style and select a unit in that same style so it doesn't clash. Also, if you already have wood furniture in your room, you can, but don't have to, find a unit in a matching wood shade. Here are some characteristics of popular entertainment unit styles:
Measurements to Know
Measure Your Television
Measure Your Room
For comfortable viewing, the lower half of the TV screen should be level with your line of sight when seated. Sit on your furniture and measure where your sight line is. The shelf where the TV rests should be no lower than 12 inches below that measurement.
Where you place the entertainment unit or TV stand in your room depends upon the layout, the location of the cable connections, and other factors. However, here are some rules of thumb to follow: