Entertainment Centers

Showcase your home theater in an entertainment center

As entertainment centers become more pervasive in today's homes, the range of entertainment centers has also increased. A home entertainment center is more than a convenience. With entertainment systems comprising so many separate components, media entertainment centers have become a necessity to keep everything organized and properly connected. Doing a little research before making your purchase can save you time, money and headaches!

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Preparing to Buy an Entertainment Center

When selecting from among the myriad of options available today, the first and most important thing to consider is the size of your space. Measure the space you have available for your entertainment center. Next, measure your electronics to be sure the center you choose will accommodate your units.

Also bear in mind any upgrades you might make in the near future. If you think you might splurge on a big screen television soon, be sure to buy a big screen entertainment center now!

Aside from the components themselves, what other items would you like to store in your TV entertainment center? Many units offer storage space for VHS tapes, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and CDs, as well as drawers or other storage spaces for remote controls and user manuals.

Entertainment Center Design Options

Once you have a general idea of the size and shape you're looking for, it's time to think about design. Depending upon the style and finish you choose, your entertainment center can become an attractive focal point and enhance your home's decor. An entertainment center with lots of glass and a black frame would look great in a modern home, while oak entertainment centers are a great choice for more traditional, or even country, decor.

Also consider the quality of materials and construction in the unit. Solid wood models are generally more expensive than those made of medium-density fiberboard or pressed board, but are also usually sturdier and longer lasting. Pressboard units usually are not as sturdy, but are less costly. If you're looking for a unit for a dorm room, or plan on upgrading your components or the style of your room in a few years, a cheap entertainment center may be a viable option.

Custom or Ready-Made?

If you have an odd space, or you want a unit designed to specific dimensions, consider hiring a carpenter to construct a built-in entertainment center for you. By custom-fitting the unit to your space, you have even more options, including wall units or even a corner entertainment center.