Performance Meets Style – Media Centers for the Contemporary Home

In the final installment of our media room series, we’re addressing one of the focal issues: where to put the TV.  Of course, in the contemporary media room, the TV might take center stage. But the variety of receivers, speakers, gaming consoles and other components that accompany it also need a stylish and functional home.  Fortunately at James Craig Furnishings, we have a variety of impressive entertainment centers and media cabinets to meet every need.

BDI Signal Media Cabinet

BDI Signal Media Cabinet

For top notch performance features, we recommend BDI home theater cabinets and stands.  In addition to the beautiful finishes on their cabinets, BDI engineers their furniture specifically for high quality function.

Even standard receivers and audio/visual equipment can produce high levels of heat.  Thanks to BDI’s removable back panels and strategically placed vents, ventilation is increased and the risk to your hardware minimized.  BDI also boast adjustable internal shelves with top-notch hardware making it flexible and quiet.  We also love that their highly functional drawers are  removable – meaning you can exchange drawer storage for a fully finished shelf on a whim.  Even better, many of their cabinets have changeable panel inserts allowing the tech geek in your house to swap a glass front for a speaker panel.  Perfect sound for your perfect room – and in a variety of styles, including a modular bookshelf, to suite your home’s appearance.

Of course, cable management is one of those unglamorous yet super important features to think about when designing your media room.  BDI integrates easy cord organization and even has removable backs on the cabinets. Great for increased ventilation but also for safely tucking away those oversized components.  Even better, when it comes time to change your set up, you can easily move the cabinet to gain access to rear connections.  Thanks to concealed wheels in each leg assembly, the console rolls in and out of place. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they back up their attractive, high performance furniture with a three year warranty.  Think that BDI might be the right choice for your media room? Check out their great performance feature video:

Another high performance and extremely customizable choice for media cabinets comes from Dinec.  When developing their entertainment units, Dinec’s designers partnered with A/V component manufacturers to thoroughly research the most critical construction elements. The result comes in the form of cabinets with wide opening doors, non-vibrating class inserts (crank up that base) and simple but top-notch cable management. (You can easily wire components across the cabinet all the while keeping the wires inside the cabinets.)  Like BDI, Dinec has carefully considered heat management, drawing cool air from below electronics through to the top.

Produced entirely in Canada,  Dinec cabinets are made completely of solid birch and are uber customizable.  We love that you can choose the top thickness, edge finishes, legs, finish, hardware and more creating exactly the right look for your media room.  You can even add audio center towers to your cabinet, effectively using vertical space and creating beautiful displays to integrate decorative objects into your media room.

Here are just a few of our favorite Dinec media cabinets.

However, if your entertainment center needs are more design than performance driven, consider selections from both Stanley and Brownstone Furniture.  Both lines are driven by high quality construction (we wouldn’t carry them otherwise) and shine when it comes to unique, fashion forward design.  Many of Brownstone’s media cabinets would be perfect in a richly appointed media lounge while Stanley’s diverse selection of options could complement your coastal chic interior or a formal setting.

Make an appointment or drop by our Houston showroom to learn more about which entertainment center would be the perfect complement to your media room. Hurry in to get your media room ready for the big game!





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