Everyone loves plopping down in front of the television for a relaxing night of couch surfing. However, it can be hard to relax when there are remotes, DVDs, video games and other miscellaneous clutter strewn about. It’s nearly impossible to have friends over to catch Orioles games when you have to navigate your way over cable wires and controllers. Get organized by sprucing up your entertainment center. Consider your options and get moving on transforming this unorganized space into a tidy area, ready for the next movie night.
1. Full wall unit: If you have a large television, gaming equipment and a surplus of DVDs, you may want to invest in a full wall unit. These units provide open shelving to stack CD cases and display knick knacks or sports memorabilia that personalize the space. They often include drawer and door compartments where you can hide a treasure trove of DVDs and controllers. Measure doorways through which a pre-assembled unit must fit before ordering. Also, consider whether you want an adjustable or expandable unit.
2. Stackable unit: You have already mounted the television on the wall, but now you need space for the accessories. A stackable unit is the perfect solution as it adds shelving to organize all gadgets and electronics currently sitting on your coffee table–leaving more room for beer and snacks. There are a variety of options specifically made to hold items such as DVD and CD cases. Assess which gadgets need to be organized and buy accordingly, while still allowing room for ones that you will inevitably accumulate.
3. Cost: Cost is always an issue, so determine a reasonable budget for this project. Stackable units can start out fairly cheap, depending on the amount of room you are looking for. This option is great for growing collections because it simply takes the addition of another storage unit to maintain your new gadgets. Full wall units will be pricier but may be worth the investment. They tend to be classier, therefore appealing more to homeowners. Look into oak, mahogany or other beautiful hardwoods.
The following local businesses should be able to help you get started:
Price Busters Discount Furniture
2415 W Franklin St.
Baltimore, Md. 21223
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price Busters is the best place to shop for entertainment centers at a reasonable price. It has a great selection with multiple options to choose from.
930 S Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Hours: Mon – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Shofer’s offers all different types of home decor. The entertainment center options are a bit limited, but if looking for something chic, this is definitely your best bet.
901 S Bond St.
Fells Point, Md. 21231
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri and Sat – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Su Casa is a great place for entertainment organization and provides options that can fit any home decor.
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Anna Renault is a life-long resident of Baltimore County. After a 31 year career, Renault has re-careered into the world of journalism. She writes a weekly column for The Avenue News, her local paper. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.