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How to Choose the Right Entertainment Center

Posted on: July 19, 2009

There are so many features and options available today that it is becoming really difficult to pick the perfect entertainment center for your home. Before you even start shopping, you need to get exact measurements of the space available to you.  Also make sure that your access to the space, such as doorways and hallways, will accommodate the size and shape of the unit being brought in.

You also need to make a list of all electronic components that you are going to store in that unit. Make sure you measure height, depth and width of each component.  If any of the equipment is top loading, there must be enough height consideration for that.  That means everything; not just the television set.  Don’t forget your DVD/VCR, all stereo equipment, speakers, game systems and so forth.

Unless you have separate storage pieces in your media design, you also will have to consider storing of instruction manuals, remotes, books, CDs, DVD, VHS tapes, etc.  You will need drawers or shelves for those items. And if you are planning any additional equipment, or a larger television in the future, make room for it right now!

If you are looking for a piece that will last forever, stay away from pressed wood or sauder.  They are cheaper, but won’t hold up to moves, great weights, or being knocked around.  Some of the solid woods and veneers may be out of your price range, but they do last forever.  You can get around that by buying a used entertainment center, and refinishing or painting it, adding handles and knobs to your liking and making it brand new for your setting.


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