Customize Your Entertainment Center

Entertainment centers, especially those serving a family with kids, need to fulfill many purposes. In addition to highlighting a television, the centers are likely to store DVD players, electronic game consoles, piles of wires, DVDs, and more. But as entertainment technology moves more toward streaming and wireless options become readily available, you might not need as much storage space as you have in the past. Create a list of the things (along with their dimensions) you want to place in the center to ensure there's adequate shelf and cabinet space in your design. If you're streamlining and need space just for your television and not much else, look for ways to integrate the screen into existing structures, such as above a fireplace.