What was once known as a TV stand, and an entertainment cabinet, is now called a media cabinet, because of the CD’s stored into it, and equipment wired into it. Furniture dimensions are important, as media cabinets have less depth than past TV stands because of flat screen TV’s, and CD’s are only 6″. DVD players, stereo equipment and the wiring behind have depth from 14″ to 18″, so better brands of media cabinets have 19″ or 20″ of depth. Because of modern larger TV screen sizes, media cabinets are low at 25″ high because the height of your eyes when you are seated should be at approximately the center of the TV screen. You can substitute low console cabinets, buffets, and credenzas as a media cabinets, but each of these has specific dimensions for their purpose. Interior designers have frustration with the TV position in living room layouts because architects still to this day place fireplaces right in the center of living room walls which is the obvious TV cabinet position. Media cabinet manufacturers have responded to this with corner cabinets that I have shown. Some people claim that it’s ok to place the TV on a wall above the fireplace mantle, and some TV cabinets are now sold with a small fireplace appliance in the center base of the cabinet. I do not believe in placing expensive and sensitive electronics above a heat source so I do not show these cabinets. Please see our article on standard living room floor plan layouts, as you can rotate a living room seating group to any position, as long as you hide the electric wiring to the back of the TV cabinet.
When decorating in traditional style, the most difficult items to find are solid wood case goods at reasonable prices. Interior designers understand that in a short term residence you will buy lesser priced furniture, and when living in the same house for many decades buy the right item. Identifying the right furniture brands is the key to reducing your shopping time, and our job as interior designers is to direct you to the right product lines for your project.
Carolina Rustica specializes in classic American made traditional style furniture, including Parker House, which is a mid priced case goods manufacturer. Offered in both full wall style and single cabinets, these solid wood cabinets fulfill the need for bookcases with built in desk in a library, and also entertainment media cabinet in a living room or family room. Reasonably priced for the quality that they are, these ready made cabinets save you the mess and expense of custom built bookcases. And the price does include ground shipping to your door.
Home Square, formerly Cymax, offers dozens of brand names in furniture and has the best price and selection in every category. All of their furniture includes free shipping, and you will have to screw it together when you get it. Home Square sells the Leick furniture brand, which makes only entertainment cabinets, which are solid wood, and are the right depth at 20″ deep. Liberty is an American furniture manufacturer, with reasonable prices, and the cabinet you are looking at is solid wood and 20″ deep. Sauder is a mid priced brand, and that cabinet is a wood particle board mix, and is 20″ deep.
Dot & Bo is a US etailer, but are Asian importers who specialize in modernism, and can have surprisingly low prices throughout the website. The tall cabinet on the left, is solid wood, and you won’t get a better price anywhere. The cabinet on the right is particle board mix, and is low priced for it’s size and style, and both include free shipping. Contemporary Furniture Warehouse is a large website that is primarily dedicated to modernism, and has low and moderate prices with free shipping. The 4 cabinets shown are a good looking laminated particle board, are 16″ deep.