A wall entertainment center is specifically designed to provide ample space to keep a television, stereo system, VCR, and other related audio and video equipment. Additionally, you may also keep video cassettes, CDs, and game cartridges. Most importantly, it saves a lot of space by providing a single unit for arranging all the equipment together. The best feature about DIY entertainment units is that you can create custom cabinets and drawers to suit your specific requirements.
For constructing an entertainment center, you need some skill and experience with woodwork. Instead of building all the cabinets and drawers from scratch, an easy solution is to buy a few simple cabinets from wholesalers. You can then assemble them to create your own unique entertainment center.
One problem involved in this method of creating an entertainment center is that at the end, you want the unit to look like a custom made piece of furniture rather than a couple of cabinets piled up on each other. According to thisoldhouse.com, for that purpose, you can use add-ons like filler strips and moldings.
Placing the Cabinets
Install a plywood platform to place the cabinets on. The size of the platform will vary depending on the room size. Now place the cabinets, starting from the TV cabinet in the center. The basic difference between an entertainment center and an ordinary wall unit is the varying size of cabinets made specifically for TVs and other equipment. Therefore, while purchasing the ready-made cabinets, keep the measurements in mind. For instance, if the size of your TV is 26", the ideal measurement for the TV cabinet will be 36" x 84". The TV cabinet almost always goes in the center of the unit, with a bookcase on either side. According to thisoldhouse.com, ideally, the bookcase should be 48" in height. Clamp it to the TV cabinet using screws. Then use contact cement to glue the shelves tightly. Repeat the procedure for all other cabinets.
Once the cabinets are securely in place, you can use decorative trim for sprucing up the unit. According to thisoldhouse.com, baseboard molding can be used to cover up the plywood platform. Install crown molding with finishing nails, and wood strips on top of the cabinets.
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