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The media center is one of the major hubs of your home, so you want your media furniture to be functional, beautiful and fit the space. Whether you’re creating a dedicated home theater or integrating your media furniture in with your living room furniture, there’s a beautiful solution for you to discover. At Pottery Barn, we love to enjoy our favorite shows and movies just as much as you and your family do. We’ll give you some helpful tips on choosing the best furniture for your needs.

Equipment Size

When considering what type of furniture to hold your television and other components, size is an important aspect. Televisions look best, and are safest, when resting on a surface that is at least as wide as the screen. But too large a surface, and it will dwarf the screen.

Design of Furniture

Today’s media furniture goes beyond the metal stands and television cabinets that were popular long ago. The types of media furniture includes the following:

Media Consoles, Cabinets and Stands: These three terms can be used interchangeably. A console, cabinet or stand can come in various lengths and heights, and some come with storage cabinets, shelving or without any storage. Typically a television stand is considered the smallest piece of furniture, but sometimes they come in wide sizes, just like a console or cabinet.

Media Towers: A media tower, typically seen in a media suite, is more of a storage component with shelving that sits beside a console or stand.

Media Suites: A media suite is modular and can be added onto with various elements, including towers, cabinets, hutches and shelves.

Many times, a low bureau, buffet or a bar cabinet makes an excellent piece of media furniture if the measurements fit your space and equipment. Sometimes, pieces other than specially-designed media furniture may be a slight bit deeper. Where a media cabinet may be 16" deep, a buffet may be 18" or deeper.

Placement of Furniture

In most spaces, media furniture goes up against a wall for best access to outlets. For smaller spaces, use a corner media cabinet or swiveling piece so you can watch television while sitting in various points in a room. Most important, your screen should be at eye level, when seated, for optimal comfort when viewing. If you’re putting your television on the wall and using your media furniture for storage and display only, tilt the screen downward a bit to adjust it to seated eye level viewing.

The larger the television, the more space you should have between you and the media furniture. In general, a 26" screen comfortably requires 3 to 5 feet away from your eyes, a 40" screen requires 5 to 9 feet of space for ideal viewership and a larger television should be placed 8 to 14 feet away from your eyes.

Avoid placing media furniture in front of a window or opposite of windows or you’ll encounter annoying glare. If you’re placing media furniture in a bedroom, you may need to adjust the height or angle of the television because inevitably, you’ll be a bit lower down than seated eye level.

Extra Features

When considering furniture, remember features such as cable management, media storage and shelf adjustability. Also look for points of ventilation, best as cutouts on the side or back of the piece, because electronics generate a lot of heat and it has to escape from within the confines of the furniture.

Your media furniture holds more than your television. You’ll want to have as much storage space as possible to hold streaming devices, cable boxes and other paraphernalia, which our media furniture easily accommodates.

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