Great Storage Tips for Custom Media Center

Updating your media center can take a lot of time and energy. You can spend hundreds and thousands of dollars on the latest electronic tech. However, if you don’t take the time to arrange and organize your components properly, your new entertainment room may fall flat. To prevent this, here are some tips.

Place your Television Set for Best Viewing

Once you’ve decided where you’re going to put the set, you need to place it at the right height for optimal viewing.  A good rule of thumb is to place the television at eye level.  Take a seat where you plan to be looking at the television screen, and have someone mark the wall, or place the television stand at the proper place.  Be sure to note where any windows are as well, and make sure that the sun doesn’t cause a glare on the television. Consider using room darkening shades, blinds, or curtains to control the amount of light that comes into your entertainment room.

Seating

Along with the proper place for your television in importance is the right amount of seating. Decide where your main seating will be in relation to the other things in the room. You may want to have seating that can be brought out in the case of extra guests as well.

Maximize your Shelving Space

Open shelving is a good storage option for not only your Blu-ray player and stereo components, but also your books, DVDs and CDs. Don’t use these as a place to pile things haphazardly. Use neat stacks to organize your things. Books, for instance, can be arranged by height or size, by subject, or author name. DVDs can be placed in alphabetical order, or by series or genre. This will make it easiest to find what you need.

Consider Hidden Storage

There are certain items, like remote controls or game controllers that are better hidden away. Using a small cabinet, side tables, or a coffee table with storage are good ways to keep things that may clutter the surfaces stored away neatly—and not get lost!

Lighting

If you wish to use your media room for reading as well, lighting is of great importance. Standing overhead reading lamps in spots where you like to curl up with a good book are a good idea. For overall lighting, ceiling lights on a dimmer switch would be ideal. If you have art on the walls, you may wish to add track lighting to highlight those pieces.

Don’t Forget Decor!

If you have a wall-mounted television, consider using a small table beneath it to make the room more inviting. You want this to look like a home, and not an electronics showroom! You may wish to put up framed posters or other art, as well.

With these tips, you can create a space to enjoy your media center for years to come.

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