It is a common occurrence that we find ourselves collecting all kinds of media from video games and movies to CDs making a media storage cabinet a necessity. I had thought the component closet would have a hinged door – the cabinet maker came up with the idea of the pull-out cabinet and delivered it that way, without discussing it. (We have a language barrier.) I guess he thought this would give better access to the back of the components, without tangling cables. After an overnight dry, I mated the top to the sub-top of the center console, simply screwed in place but with elongated holes at the front and middle to allow for movement of the cherry top.
I would need to have my cabinet builder reconfigure two cabinets – the cabinet under the stairs and the cabinet next to the TV. I would need two racks, one in the cabinet under the stairs and one in the cabinet next to the TV. I would need thermo-control in both locations. The most obvious solution here is to remove the door from your media cabinet, but if you’re bent on keeping the appearance of your living room clean, the next best thing is to install a cooling fan. Nothing is stacked on top of the receiver – the components are on separate shelves in the hallway cabinet.
I built the plinth using solid cherry for the front and sides for durability on these high traffic parts and cherry veneered plywood for the back and middle parts. Introduce our unique Chennai Sliding Door Media Cabinet into your living room to add a world beat aesthetic. It is not entirely necessary, but I do recommend it as a precaution, especially for those whose cabinets have a melamine finish. From drawers to doors and cubbies, you’ll have more than enough storage for DVDs, remotes and more.
Jessica of Four Generations One Roof had her eye on the same Pottery Barn console, but decided to build a compact and brighter version for her living room. These supports are probably not necessary (they’re not in Ana’s plans) because the pocket hole joints are strong, but I like to overdo things. Regardless of which platform you eventually select (see below) your chosen hardware should be networkable, powerful enough to deal with HD video and offer enough storage to access music and video. Factor plenty of storage options into your open-plan design to avoid a build-up. The actual cabinet is extra wide and is large enough to accommodate a 55″ television.
After the main body of the console was assembled, we added the center divider for the bottom portion of the console, squared it up and screwed it in. This was something almost entirely new to me. I’d made some simple drawers for our built ins, but these were were using rabbets. Look closely to fully appreciate the design brilliance of this Cameron Park Media Cabinet.
Then editor Rob Johnstone had this idea of making a cabinet that would pull out on enormous slides, bearing the weight of the TV and all the electronic components, making it much easier to get behind the gear and hook up the cable to the DVD or Blu-ray with surround sound and the Game Boy to the — well, you get the idea. The distance between the media cabinet under the stairs and the TV is about 18 feet. If you do not have a closet that can be converted into a media closet, you could also consider using a nook area.
Media closets are spaces where you can store your home theater equipment, including your A/V equipment , DVR , DVD player, etc. Run more cable (there’s a crawl space under the floor) so that the sound and picture from the game consoles will run to the receiver under the cabinet and from the receiver back to the TV. We were storing the TV there until we could get a stand for it. Or until I could build one.
It features two drawers of storage with recessed polish chrome handles, truly fitting for any living space and ideal for neutral colour schemes and other light wood furnishings. This is why XBMC is probably the best media center platform available, and when coupled with the right choice of hardware can deliver the best results: a media center that will play any file required with the minimum of fuss and no preparatory file conversion. I am aware that most of you looking at this won’t attempt to build it. You either don’t have the tools, space, funds for supplies, or even care to try.
I glued the top together and then set it aside for future attention, once I had built everything else. The plans don’t show it, but you’ll notice we also drilled pocket holes going up on the plywood. I have an Onkyo receiver (those are notorious for running hot) that was making this really toasty in the cabinet. Cabinet maker would be taking out the shelves and converting cabinet to a swinging door. And from a storage perspective, I would be devoting two cabinets to components, instead of one.
The Xbox Kinect sensor needs line of sight but there are ways to route those over Cat6 back to a remote media cabinet, and there are wireless Wii sensors also. I don’t have a price proposal for any of these approaches, so I’m asking whether it makes sense from a technical standpoint to have two separate component cabinets. Whether you use this piece alone or as the foundation to create your own custom unit, you are off to a fabulous start. This corner TV cabinet is designed to take advantage of every square inch in smaller spaces like a kitchen or bedroom.
I think the only solution will be to take the components out of the hallway cabinet under the stairs and move them into the side cabinets in the built-in entertainment center, which houses the TV and front speakers. Happily, our TV stands and cabinets are there to cut the clutter and get things prettied up. They give you space for everything, cable management for the cords and glass doors that don’t block your remote control. We used these euro-style hinges; however, they have a bit of play in them, which doesn’t bode well for our large, heavy cabinet doors.
A media closet is an enclosed space where you can store your DVD or Blu-Ray player, CD changer, game consoles and much more. Because the wall may not be perfectly straight, you may need to loosen the screws securing the support shelves to the wall to get the floating shelf to fit over the shelf cleats. Get ideas of what other people are doing to save space with their media storage needs.