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More than a collection of audio and video components, a media center is the entertainment hub of a home. With countless options, how do you choose furniture that is best for both your style and your electronics? Whether you are looking to house a TV and soundbar or a multi-channel system, make sure the furniture you select meets your needs. Here are some helpful tips from furniture manufacturer BDI.
The size of your TV and the number of components that make up your home theater will play a large part when considering your needs. While there are exceptions, TVs generally look best when resting on furniture that is at least as wide as the TV. If you choose a stand that is too wide, your screen may appear small in comparison.
Consider the components you are looking to house including a speaker, soundbar, subwoofer or media storage. Allow for open spaces as well, providing room to grow. Smaller components can be stacked to save space, but avoid stacking components that generate a lot of heat, such as a receiver or gaming console.
Design matters. But design is much more than just a pretty face. Furniture for your home theater should look great when the system is off, but more importantly should allow your system to function flawlessly when it is on.
Consider where your furniture will be placed. Is the location that you have in mind along a wall or in a corner? Corner media cabinets or cabinets that swivel make smart use of smaller spaces. Will you be watching TV while sitting on a sofa, at your desk or in the bedroom? The center of your screen should be at eye level to minimize neck strain.
Media furniture does more than simply house your electronics. Choose furniture that is sturdy, well made, full-featured and engineered to last. Quality furniture will offer you a lifetime of enjoyment. Look for features such as Adjustability, cable management, media storage, strength and ventilation to ensure that your system performs at peak levels while also looking great.
Learn more about BDI’s ‘High Performance Furniture’ at http://www.bdiusa.com.