So you’ve got a sweet sound system and a great music collection to boot. Where are you going to put all that? If you have a flat screen that would look amazing in your living room, there’s no way you can simply prop it up against the wall or on the floor. Look for the best entertainment center to keep your gadgets safe, or at the least, showcase them the way they most deserve.
If you’re into a more modern home style, the good news is that contemporary entertainment centers are a cinch to look for. In fact, the modern styles are the more common sights when you walk into an appliance store selling entertainment centers. Still, even with all the choices available, it’s important to narrow down your choices to only what you really need. Sifting through the various features and looking for the best combo that suits you will save you valuable time in your search.
One of the most essential things to keep in mind is size. How big should your entertainment center be? Think about how many things you’re going to store on the center—will there be room for a DVD player, a Playstation 3, any speakers you might have? Measure any and all gadgets you plan on storing on the entertainment center, especially if there’s a number of them.
Are you setting up your media entertainment in your living room? Is there a special space in your house completely dedicated to the contemporary entertainment center? The amount of space you dedicate will factor in significantly as well to its size. Remember to add a space allowance around the entertainment center to make room for wires, or for people moving around in the immediate area.
If you can afford to splurge a bit on space, consider installing the Allan Copley Designs Pavilion Entertainment Cabinet with 2 Sliding Doors, 2 Drawers in an Espresso Finish. It offers plenty of storage options, and has an undeniably modern feel to it. Contemporary entertainment centers are often sleek and shiny, following the distinctive look that most modern furniture pieces exude. While they are made of more sturdy material (such as wood) instead of the customary glass and metal that contemporary furniture is known for, contemporary entertainment centers have a characteristic modern look. Many of these entertainment centers come in black, white, and other neutral colors, with knobs and handles sporting a metallic finish. A perfect example of this would be the Casablanca Emma Entertainment Center. Made of glass on top, this white lacquered entertainment center comes in an immaculate white finish that further emphasizes contemporary décor.
Pay attention to the ergonomic design of the entertainment center you plan on getting, especially because it’s going to be holding some potentially heavy things. Many contemporary designs might sport unconventional styles that look great in the beginning, but may ultimately compromise the structural integrity of the shelves. Think sturdy and durable; the entertainment center should have a nice, solid stance to it, like Home Styles Bedford Black 2-Piece Entertainment Center. Dark, solid, and perhaps even a little dominating, the Bedford Entertainment Center has a very good sense of stability. Whatever you decide to get, it’s always best to ensure your entertainment center was made with high quality wood and construction. Veneered wood, for instance, is a better choice of material, as it is generally more solid than other types of wood. More importantly, choose your entertainment center based on more than wow factor alone—you’ll want it to last several, good long years in your living room.