Now That’s Entertainment
Perhaps more than any other piece of furniture, entertainment units require great amounts of customization. Why? Well, because we all entertain, and are entertained, differently. If you’ve visited our website’s Entertainment and Storage photo gallery, you probably noticed entertainment units in all sizes, shapes, and styles: low streamlined credenzas, tall, three piece units, built-in units, and on and on. Part of this is about our customer’s individual taste. But just as importantly, the size and layout of an entertainment unit is determined once we determine how the unit can best function in your home and how it can best enhance your lifestyle.
Entertainment units are about creating an attractive focal point and, most frequently, a storage space for a television. But what else? Well, each customer is different. What about your cable box? Your DVD player? Your CD player or stereo or MP3? Where will you store or display your DVDs? Your CDs? Do you want to see your media, or hide it? Do you need cabinet storage for board games or throw blankets? Do you need a bookcase to shelve books or display art?
You get the idea. A well designed entertainment unit is a different thing for every home and every family. So, when shopping for an entertainment unit, consider these factors:
What is the layout of the room? Where are you planning on putting the piece and why? What are the measurements of that area, and what other elements of the room have an impact on the height, width, or layout of the piece?
For example, do you need the television to sit higher so you can see it from the kitchen? Or, is the length or height of the unit restricted by pillars, windows, or doorways?
What would you like to store, or showcase, in your unit? TV? Cable Box? Stereo? Speakers? Books? DVDs? List everything. Then, will these elements be hidden or displayed?
What is it about your current entertainment unit that isn’t working for you? Why are you shopping?
Are you attracted to a particular style or finish? What is the style of other pieces in your room, or in your home, or of the house itself?
ET has developed a guide and questionnaire designed to help our customers think about the details that help you design (with our help!) an entertainment unit that can function beautifully in your home for years to come. To view or download the guide, visit the Resources tab on our website.