Entertainment centers are among the showpieces of any home, and certainly the focal point of almost every American living room. The television, the stereo, the video game systems and DVD/Blu Ray players, electronics, etc. - they all need a place, and entertainment centers provide that. Most entertainment centers are large, heavy, single piece operations with lots of drawers and gaps to accommodate all that stuff. But there's another way to do it - wall shelves.
Wall shelves have been replacing standard entertainment centers for years now. Even if they don't replace them, they're a great addition to what's already there, providing more space, more storage, and more opportunities for harmonious display. Let's deal with creating a full entertainment system first.
The advent of flat screen and wall-mounted televisions have made this easier than ever. The first thing that you need to do is make sure the shelves you get are sturdy, and built to hold plenty of weight. There's no telling how many things could be added to the weight on the shelf by the end of it's life, and you need to plan for plenty. A single very sturdy shelf, similar to the Sumo wall shelves at Smart Furniture, will be able to handle pretty much anything you throw at them, and still be stylish and discrete. After that initial very sturdy board is in place, the one that's going to hold the television, you can go to work on creating the perfect design for you, and for your home.
A shelf underneath the television would be perfect for holding the DVD player and the video game systems you might have - one above might be perfect for a stereo. Shelves all around can hold and display your DVDs, games, books, photographs - anything you can image that you'd want to include. It's important to plan all of these things very carefully before you actually proceed with creating the system - adding pieces of shelving at a later date could create a haphazard or cluttered look that's anathema to the kind of harmonious beauty and wall shelf system is perfect for creating.
There are so many looks to create, and all have something to recommend them. You can go very sparse, with just one or two shelves creating a minimalist look. You could go big and create a whole wall of shelving with a television and other electronic equipment arranged within it. You could go very horizontal, with shelves extending farther than they need to and creating a theater feel. Every way has something special about it, and you simply have to decide what's best for you.
Our wall shelves at Smart Furniture come in several different styles and are composed of several different materials. Wood, glass, and metal all have a place, as do internationally renowned design firms like BDI, Blu Dot, Elemental Living, and of course our own Smart Shelves. The possibilities are endless.
So turn your entertainment center from drab to fab with Smart Furniture wall shelves. You can shop the sturdiest, strongest shelves here.