What to Look for in a Home Entertainment Center

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Whether you want to admit it or not, you probably spend a large portion of your free time watching TV. It is perfectly okay. Television provides a much-needed escape from the daily grind. Since you use your TV frequently, it should become a part of your home’s design scheme. In fact, if you house your TV correctly, it can become the perfect focal point for your room.

How to Choose an Entertainment Center

Start with an entertainment center wish list. Do you want it to store your DVDs and video games? Maybe you have some books and knick-knacks that need a home. Perhaps you simply want a way to enclose your TV when it is not in use. You can find entertainment centers as big or as small as you want.

Make sure the style is consistent with your existing furniture. Overstock.com points out that you can find minimalist units to coincide with contemporary furnishings or you can find elegant, hand-carved units to accent traditional décor scheme. If possible, you should also try to find an entertainment center that is the right scale for your room so that everything stays balanced. If you have large sofas a small entertainment center will look out of place.

Where to Buy an Entertainment Center

Of course, you can always go to a furniture store to buy an entertainment center, but unless you find one on a great closeout price, you will probably be spending too much money. Instead, you should look for a slightly used one. The great thing about entertainment units is that they hardly ever show any wear. They are just used as a storage console, so it’s not like anyone is sitting on it or sleeping on it. You can search garage sales, thrift stores, or even used furniture websites to find a great deal. In fact, RecycledFurniture.com has multiple used entertainment centers for as low as $50.

Feeling Brave?

There is no better way to get exactly what you want than to build it yourself. However, this task is not for the novice. If you are already handy with a saw, hammer and nails, you may want to attempt this task. The DIY Network offers step-by-step instructions you can follow if you have a basic understanding of carpentry. The key to any successful project is proper planning. This is your chance to have a cool design of your own creation, so make it count. Include custom drawers for your DVDs and pullout shelves for your gaming consoles. Only your imagination and handyman skills stand in the way of you building your dream entertainment unit by hand.

Now that you have your TV set up the way it was meant to be, in a stunning entertainment center, it is time to enjoy everything that your TV has to offer. GetDirectTV.org can hook you up with full cable coverage and sports packages. Offers start as as low as $29.99 per month and include three months of free HBO, Showtime and Starz. And don’t forget the DVR. As much as you want to live your life around your awesome new entertainment center and TV, it’s just not always possible.

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