One of the problems many homeowners face is the clutter of electronics and the accompanying accessories. A media wall can help reduce clutter though and keep everything in its place. It will also give your room a focal point by harmonizing with the furniture thus giving a feeling of warmth and hominess. So what is involved in adding a media wall to your home?
First, you want the wall to match the architecture of the home. By matching the trim and whatever woodwork that is throughout the house, the media wall will look as if it’s always been there. You may also want a design that has a base and an upper cabinet to break up the solid mass. Plus, it will accommodate more storage that way.
The bottom of the unit can be fitted with doors or drawers to conceal any electronics or accessories for a clutter free look. For the base of the cabinet, you may want to go about 36 inches for height, with a depth of about 20-24 inches.
Second, for the upper shelves, they can range in height from 12-14 inches deep depending upon what you’re planning to use them for. Books can be arranged on these shelves as well as knick-knacks and other treasured items.
Now your TV, when sitting on the base of the component may stick out slightly. Also if you put it behind a door, you will want some type of ventilation so that it doesn’t over heat. You can have the doors fitted with grilles or even speaker cloth to help with this. Another option is to have a fan controlled by a thermostat so that when the temperature of electronic components rises, the fan will kick on to cool the electronics down.
You can install a media wall yourself, but hiring a professional cabinetmaker is a better option if you are unsure. A professional may have more ideas about ventilation, wiring and even lighting too.
So a media wall may be something that you want to invest in for a cleaner, less cluttered look in your living room.