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Media Storage

Media storage is an essential component of any dependable living room design. Whether you're an avid gamer or cinephile with hundreds of beloved DVDs, you want to be able to keep your things organized but still close at hand. Your living room is a place to kick back and relax, and you want storage to contribute to that. Ethan Allen media storage cabinets are made to last and perfectly accent any living room decor.

Types of Media Storage

When it comes to entertainment centers, you can choose from several styles and features. Media storage units go by many different names, but in general, these are the three standard types:

  • Wall Unit: This type of media storage console is different from a wall mount, which allows you to hang your TV on the wall. A wall unit typically has a center space for your television with storage at the sides and underneath. You can find wall units that are several feet high.
  • TV Stand: TV stands are more casual and feature consistent height throughout the piece, usually less than 30". They usually have a flat surface like a tabletop with storage space underneath.
  • Media Chest: If you want a media storage cabinet with doors, you may want a media chest. These entertainment centers are usually the smallest of the three types, and many have doors to conceal your TV and equipment when it's not in use.
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Match the style of your media storage center to your needs. You can opt for a more low-profile design if you don't need ample storage space. You want your entertainment center to work for you, not the other way around. Take a quick inventory of what will be housed in the media center for an idea of what storage features will work best for you.

Media Storage Comes in All Sizes

Since modern TVs have flat screens, your entertainment center doesn't need to be particularly deep. A good rule of thumb when choosing a size for your media console is to allow for at least 2" of open space around the TV. This helps to ensure your television won't tip if you accidentally bump it with your vacuum and provides proper ventilation for your electronics.

On the other hand, you want to keep things proportionate so avoid going with a media center that is significantly larger than your television. You'll also want to consider the size of your room when choosing media storage. Just because you can fit the media center into the space doesn't mean you should.

Choosing a Home for Your Media Center

The size and layout of your living will help determine the best place for your TV console. If your media center is the space's focal point, make sure the TV is easy to see from anywhere within the room. For more expansive living rooms with distinct zones, choose a space where your entertainment center will not disrupt traffic flow and conversation in the rest of the room. If you can, avoid putting your entertainment center in front of windows to keep light from creating a pesky glare.

Space Between Your Media Console and Furniture

Do you remember being told not to sit too close to the TV while growing up? Being too close to the screen can not only harm your eyes but also impact the quality of the view. Most homes have a 55-60" screen, meaning you want your couch to be anywhere from six to twelve feet away from your media center.

Larger screens should be a bit farther away but choose what is most comfortable for you. Don't forget to take the height of your TV into account. No one enjoys keeping their neck at an uncomfortable angle while watching their favorite movie or sports team. Aim for a media storage solution that places your TV no more than 12" above or below your line of sight.

Media Storage with Style

Regardless of its size, you want your media storage console to blend well with your existing decor. If your style is minimalist and contemporary, a distressed wood unit will stick out like a sore thumb.

Decide if you want to draw attention to your television and its accoutrements or if you'd like those things to remain more in the background. Work with what you have unless you want to redecorate your living room to accommodate your media storage cabinet.

Shop Media Storage in Newburgh

Are you upgrading your media storage? Let the design experts at Bell's Ethan Allen Design Center lend a hand. We carry furnishings for every room in your home and accessories for the perfect finishing touch. Ask us about outfitting your windows with custom Hunter Douglas treatments complete with PowerView Automation.

Visit us to find out why we've been a fixture in the Newburgh community for over 50 years. We're pleased to serve the surrounding area, including Fishkill, Warrick, Middletown, New Paltz, Wappinger Falls, Rhinebeck, Monroe, Tuxedo, Warwick, Washingtonville, Poughkeepsie, Orange County, Dutchess County, and Ulster County, NY.