Published at Tuesday, December 31st 2019, 10:18:37 AM. Entertainment Centers. By Emestina Krause.
Sauder makes an elegant craftsman television stand that isn’t too country or rustic to conflict with modern day decors. The sturdy, wooden console has a laminated salt oak finish that makes it a perfect piece for a neutral-toned living room.
If there is an alcove in which you are building the center, fill the space completely with cabinets to give it the look of built-ins. Arrange cabinets so there is ample space in the center for your TV. Remove cabinet doors so the cabinets look more like built-in structures. Fill the holes with putty. Use a thick slab of wood for the main shelf supporting the TV, or as support over the top of a short cabinet on which the TV rests. Paint the entire structure the same color as the walls in the room to give it that built in, been-there-for-years look.
If you prefer a sleek, minimalistic look rather than a giant wall unit-style entertainment center, start with one matching kitchen cabinet on either side, with a large glass desktop spanning them. Fill indented cabinet tops beneath the glass with painted wood, handmade art, photographs or entertainment-related memorabilia. Cabinets may be left in wood finish or painted to match the room's decor. Add glass paneled doors if you had like doors on the unit, or leave the cabinets open for instant access to the shelves within.
Create a freestanding, large entertainment center by creating two stacks of cabinets the same height on either side of one wider cabinet which serves as the base or focal point for the center. Use a countertop to span the entire unit for the main shelf, or use a glass desktop or reclaimed door in place of the countertop. Connect cabinets to one another by drilling holes through one into the next, securing with bolts and nuts. This way, you can disassemble them easily later on. Drill holes in the backs and bottoms of cabinets to allow for cables and wiring. Add a power strip inside one of the cabinets for tidy cords.