When we shifted in this home, we didn’t have much furniture (as we always shifted into a ‘Base home’ equipped with all the furniture, whether we wanted it or not). All of the furniture that we have acquired now is totally customized to our need and the available space. While designing for our home furniture (or while purchasing a ready-made piece) we kept few things in mind:
- Storage & Design Savvy (in that order)
- Space saving
- Light in weight
- Maintenance friendly
To put our designs into place, our carpenter Naeem has had a huge contribution; he is one enthusiastic fellow who is ready to experiment on any vague idea that we draw for him! For our media unit we wanted everything at one place, all adapters, CDs, cords, external ports, headphones, etc. and of course the design had to be space-saving and décor savvy. This was the first rough sketch of my ‘Storage Packed Media Unit’ that hubby drew for Naeem.
Everything about this console is measured and dictated by the stuff that we had or would acquire in future; which means every dimension of this unit is non-standard. Following are the pictures of work in progress from the design above, till the end product!
The space between the two cabinets is 42” (dictated by the present TV’s width) with scope for placing a bigger TV (in future…God willing!) The height and depth of the unit was based on other gadgets and storage need. The tall glass cabinet works as a storage area as well as a display unit of our travel memoirs/mementos. Hubby added the LED spot light inside the cabinet.
The two drawers hold all the manuals, CDs, and other media accessories.
The smaller wooden cabinet is the store-house for all the larger media accessories and more CDs and games and just about everything related to media/gadgets…all of it is at one place and not strewn all over the house! And there is still space for more to stuff!
The power source to the entire media unit is well hidden inside the smaller cabinet. A 2” wide hole was drilled in the base at the bottom of this cabinet to accommodate all the wires’ entry point to the multi-point power source.
We added the removable base shelf for the additional speaker and the woofer.
All of the cabinetry and drawers and TV were attached/mounted on one of the living room wall. To hide the many wires, we designed a removable flat veneer board which is bolted about half an inch away from the wall (the two pieces were bolted in the end).
I am very happy with the way it has turned out, everything in one place… I don’t have to hunt around for things, for there is a designated place for everything related to media…even if I dump everything inside (on the days when I don’t feel like cleaning) the place still looks organized! Considering how dusty it is in this part of the world I wanted very little of open shelving. I have designed something similar to organise my craft supplies, read about it HERE.
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