Entertainment Wall

My parents are planning on downsizing and are making plans on how to make their things fit into a new space. Currently, most of the living is done in their den. There is a television, a computer desk, a built-in desk, a printer cabinet, two sofas and two chairs. The television is in a custom built cabinet which was built to fit below the built-in shelves. When the house was built in the late 70’s, the custom cabinets were designed to fit above a console television. The shelves house items collected from their travels. There are also shelves above the built-in desk. These shelves house a number of books and family photographs.┬áI have been pondering how they can include all their travel mementos, pictures, and books into a new space and to me the obvious choice is to install a number of bookcases and incorporate the entertainment center into that. The first thing that came to mind was the space that Nate Berkus redesigned for Dr. Ruth (sorry about the blurry picture, the only one I could find that included the television was clipped from the video).

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus

 

There are a few alternatives to custom built-ins:

Ikea Hemnes TV/Storage Combination

 

Restoration Hardware Reclaimed Elm & Iron Leaner Shelving

 

Ballard Designs Tuscan Media Set

 

Pottery Barn Logan Media Suite

 

Ikea Liatorp

All of these have modular components that can be added, so if the wall is super long, more components can be added to fill the wall.

There’s also the option to use kitchen cabinets from a big box store to create something more custom like CarlS did.

Instructables via lifehacker

 

I love this look! I wish I had the room in my house to do something like this. What do you think? Do you like the look of built-ins? Or prefer furniture you can move around?

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