Monday, December 2, 2013
Storage is a designer’s best-kept secret and organizing clutter is the first step to a good-looking room. Allow your room’s design and style to shine through by keeping clutter tucked away and out of sight. For entertainment rooms in particular, a variety of storage options is needed for video games, gaming consoles, DVDs, and the like. Here are a couple of tips to store these items effectively.
Have a built-in media center customized for your room. The items you have or plan to have in your entertainment room may not fit the usual ready-made storage units available in stores. If you have a DVD or video game collection, it’s better to have custom-made shelving that fits these items like a glove. With the advancement of technology, you never know when some of these collections might need to be retired, so if you’ve already committed to customized storage, go the extra mile by making the shelving adjustable.
Bulky items such as gaming consoles with its wires and accessories need bigger storage space. They also usually come in different sizes and shapes. For irregular items like these, opt for ottomans with built-in storage.
If you plan to have board games in your entertainment room, a vertical cabinet is best. Stack the boxes on top of each other, three to four on a shelf. This way, you can view your entire board game collection in one go. If you don’t have the space for a cabinet though, your next best option is choosing a coffee table with storage underneath. The sizes of coffee tables can usually accommodate board games anyway.
Most people don’t consider TV storage, but if your entertainment room also doubles as your main living room where you entertain guests, having a TV inside the room won’t encourage conversation and bonding. There are ready-made entertainment units, where the TV can be tucked away with cabinet doors. But if you want more flexibility, go for customized cabinets as well. If you like reading, you may also opt to incorporate bookshelves alongside the TV storage, as the books can offer great sound absorption. - Aislinn Kee