Set Up an Entertainment Center
When setting up an entertainment center in your home, plan ahead for organization to save yourself time in the future. Follow these simple guidelines to create an entertainment center that works for your family now and in the future.
Depending on the amount of space you have and the extent of components you have to store, choose a shelving solution that’s either freestanding or wall-mounted to house your entertainment center. Choosing a shelving solution with flexible shelves will give you greater flexibility to modify your solution as your needs change. A modular solution that you can add onto is also often helpful as needs change. Be mindful of the size of your components when deciding on shelving.
Label your cords at the plug so you will easily know what plug belongs to what components — a real time-saver when you have to remove something for repair or rearrange your set-up. Use a power strip to protect valuable electronics against power surges.
Bundle cords together so that they don’t look unsightly — and pose a tripping hazard. Choose adhesive cord control options that you can use to run cords along the back of select shelving solutions.
Even though more and more people are enjoying digital music, many families still have a large collection of CDs and DVDs that they want to store. Decide whether or not your family needs regular access to these items. If so, look for open racks that provide quick, easy access and can be stored on a shelf. If they are used less frequently, they can be stored in an attractive box on a higher shelf.
Photo frames, books and collectibles all lend personality to an entertainment. Intersperse these items among your electronic equipment to add that special touch to your space!