Are you shopping for the a piece of home entertainment furniture that suits your system, decor, and taste? Dave Adams, marketing manager of BDI, offers his expert advice.
A home theater system isn’t just the focal piece of a room; it’s the entertainment hub of your home. When selecting the appropriate furniture for your needs, choose a home theater center that not only matches your lifestyle, but is full of user-friendly features. You will have this furniture for years so select designs that are engineered to last—and grow—with your entertainment needs. I recommend looking for the following:
Contemporary or Traditional?
Steel, glass and gloss finishes provide a contemporary look, great for coordinating with modern interiors, while natural wood finishes can bring a more transitional or traditional appearance.
A finish should complement your existing furniture—unless you’re ready to change things up. TVs generally look best when paired with furniture that is at least as wide as the TV. If you pick a cabinet that is too wide for your TV, your screen may appear smaller in comparison.
Open or Closed?
Open shelving puts your home theater system on display, providing easy access to the front of components. If you would prefer your TV be the star, then an enclosed cabinet may be the right choice. Components are well protected in an enclosed cabinet—just make sure the cabinet you choose has ventilation features to keep components cool, and uses IR-friendly glass to allow electronics to read remote signals through closed doors, or utilizes an IR repeater for access through solid doors.
Adjustability & Accessibility
Furniture should be able to adapt to changes over time while still allowing quick access to your electronics. Always look for easy access to the rear of your components and connections. Wheels under a cabinet can make accessing the back of components or switching around components a simple task. A design with removable back panels, which are fairly unique to BDI’s products, can be of great assistance during set up and maintenance. Also, removable back panels are great for oversized components that require more space. Adjustable shelves are a must, as they can be repositioned effortlessly.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the show without looking through a web of wires. The ideal home theater furniture has an integrated wire management system that allows you to interconnect your components while keeping the cables neatly controlled and out of sight. Wire management also keeps things organized during initial setup, making maintenance and adding components much simpler.
Find furniture with optimal space for all of your electronics including soundbars and speakers. Choose a home theater system with enough storage space—either open or closed—that lets you keep these items organized, accessible, and most importantly, usable.
Electronics put off a lot of heat, and that heat has to go somewhere. Your furniture should include built-in ventilation to promote airflow, allowing heat to escape without damaging the furniture, and maximizing the performance of your equipment. Consider keeping components like DVRs and game consoles separate so they have room to “breathe.” Stack smaller (cooler) components together since they don’t produce much heat.
Above all else, home theater furniture should bring more life to your audio/visual components–and to your entertainment experiences.
Dave Adams is Marketing Manager with BDI, designer and manufacturer of high-performance furniture for the home theater and office, including modular shelving systems. Guided by the philosophy that everything has its place, BDI’s furniture combines great design with innovative functionality to seamlessly integrate technology into the home and office environments. BDI products are available through leading furniture and electronic retailers throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and around the world. More information can be found at www.bdiusa.com