Here are some media center storage ideas that will help minimize the clutter and maximize the entertaining.
Start With the Right media center and Shelves
Before you begin dreaming up ideas for the ultimate entertainment space in your home, take an inventory of the items you plan to store and the type of media center storage needed. Think about what you want to feature or display, items that you would like concealed and how often things will be accessed so they can be arranged for optimal accessibility. From there you can determine the right combination of open shelving, cabinets and drawer storage. Take some measurements for the various objects you are planning to store so you can get an idea of the shelf height and configuration needed. This may seem very tedious and time consuming at first, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration down the road.
1. Don’t Underestimate the Value of Doors
Doors serve many purposes on a media center besides the style element. They keep books, digital media, collectibles, audio and visual equipment concealed and out of sight. In addition, they minimize the dust that can collect on top of and inside these items, which could cause damage. Doors come in a variety of configurations including flip-up, swinging or sliding. Utilize sliding cabinet doors for corner areas or tights spaces where clearance is limited. Choose from a variety of door and drawer front style options including raised panel or glass inserts to provide the perfect finishing touch.
2. From the Simple to the Spectacular
Sometimes the simplest ideas work best. You may not necessarily need a massive built-in wall unit. Determine what your needs are and evaluate the options. For example, if the TV will be focus of the room and used for entertaining with the family, you may want to build simple shelves or have cabinetry around the unit where children can store their toys, family board games, favorite music or movies. The trick is to give every item its own storage place so everything stays organized and accessible.