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Designing Your Home Entertainment Center

May 14, 2008
Designing a good home entertainment center is not an easy thing to do. It's not just about finding the right piece of furniture to stick your TV on top of, there is much more to it. For one thing, you have to evaluate the entertainment system that you have, make any necessary changes and then find the right entertainment center to hold it. This is not to say that you should run out and buy a new stereo because you're getting a new home entertainment center. However, if you are making an investment into an entertainment center and you think that you might replace your television within the next few months or year, you might just want to go ahead and get it done now if you have the means.

Your television is the focal point of your home entertainment center, so it needs to be something that you don't mind looking at. The popular trend now is to get a flat screen television that mounts to the wall. This option is great because it uses space that would have otherwise been empty, and it frees up room on your home entertainment center for other things. Having a television that mounts to the wall can also allow you to have a large one without having to get a bulkier entertainment center to house it.

The home entertainment center unit itself should mesh well with the rest of the furniture in your home, or at least in the same room. If your furniture is all handcrafted wood and leather, it wouldn't look quite right if you had an entertainment center made of steel and rivets. That type of unit would fit in better in a room with a more industrial feel such as a converted loft with a more modern, nontraditional design. For the traditional look, cherry wood and mahogany are beautiful woods with very classic colors and finishes. An entertainment center made from either of these will bring class and sophistication to the room.

The size of your home entertainment center should be directly proportionate to the size of the television and the size of the room. You wouldn't think that would warrant mentioning, but there are some people that will decide a 10'x4'x2' home entertainment center belongs in a 900 square foot apartment. If that is really what you want then you should, by all means, go for it. Just be prepared to eat and sleep in it as well because a bulky entertainment center can seem like it is taking up your entire living room.

Doors and cabinets are always great to have on an entertainment center. It can be very useful to be able to close it up entirely to hide the TV, VCR, DVD player, satellite receiver, stereo and the mass of cords and wires that hold the whole thing together. Not everyone wants the television visible 24 hours a day, and if you are one of those people just find a home entertainment center that matches your other furniture. This way, when you decide to close it all off it just looks like an armoire or china cabinet and dresses up your living room nicely.
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