If you have so many entertainment gadgets at home, a simple table is not enough. Even as you have your old reliable cabinet, you can still see chaos and for this reason, you need an entertainment center that will serve the purpose dutifully.
Choosing your entertainment center must be made with utmost care. So the best thing you can do is to brace yourself with the needed information. Following are tips to choose this modern furniture appropriately
Measurements. Get the dimension of the area as well as the doorway. You do not want to get something which fits the assigned area but will have problems bringing it in because it won't fit in the doorway.
In the same way, get the measurements of all your electronic devices - your television set, DVD player, stereo and all other equipment related to leisure that will be placed in it. This will determine the size and the shape of the entertainment center you will purchase. However, if you plan to upgrade your TV, then make some allowances.
The Items to be Stored. Aside from the TV set, things like DVD player, DVDs, stereo, CDs, books, magazines, art pieces, remotes, gaming gadgets, board games, etc. are some of the items that can be kept in this unit. If you have plenty, then make sure that it has enough shelves and drawers.
The Design and Style. This will have to go with the rest of the living room furniture. Entertainment units are also available in conventional, rustic and contemporary styles. Check the knobs and handles. Is it easy to replace in the event that it breaks or you want to change it?
Quality of Wood Used. The quality of wood used is your clue to its durability. The common types of wood used for this kind of furniture are pressed wood, solid wood and veneer.
Pressed wood is no too expensive, last for a few years but not for a lifetime. They also cannot be moved every now and then.
Solid wood is sturdy, resilient and repairable. They are sure to last for a lifetime. However, it is prone to weather changes. It contracts during summer and expands during cold seasons so it has the tendency to split or shrink later on.
Veneer just like solid wood is strong and hard-wearing. It does not swell and contract. But when it gets damaged, repair is complicated and costs a lot.