Back in February 2010, CustomMade artisan Tony O’Malley of Tony O’Malley Custom Woodworking wrote a guest blog about custom built-in cabinetry for your flat-screen TV. When you have to choose between built-in or free-standing cabinetry, Mr. O’Malley reminds us of a not insignificant point. “Of course you can’t take a built-in with you if you move, but a carefully designed built-in will enhance the enjoyment of the room and add value to your home.”
If you can t bear to leave custom home entertainment centers behind should you move, CustomMade artisans can also build free-standing TV consoles and cabinets that will house your flat-screen in striking and clever ways.
TV stands and entertainment consoles don’t have to be clunky boxes when you have them custom made to accommodate your flat-screen TV. This custom entertainment cabinet by The Plane Edge LLC was built to the customer’s space, wood, and design requests. There is no wasted space here. The built-in stand lets you keep two electronic devices like a DVR, VCR, or game system on one shelf, and the cabinet lets you keep plenty of DVDs handy. (Unlike a stand designed for an older model TV, this custom cabinet isn’t so cavernous that DVDs 2-3 rows deep will vanish inside).
If you have a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, an elegant credenza like this white maple TV and media console by Diamond Case Designs, Inc. will not only help visually frame the flat-screen and join it with the rest of your living room but also house your electronic components behind your choice of wood, glass, or grill cloth panels. A built-in infrared repeater will make sure your remote can still communicate with the electronics, too. Hidden wheels and a removable back panel will make reaching the components a snap.
If you want to keep the TV out of the way when not in use, a lift or pop-up style TV cabinet would work perfectly. This beautiful flat-screen TV lift system by Hardwood Artisans will lift or retract your flat screen into the cabinet at the touch of a remote. The cabinet can be custom built to accommodate your flat-screen in a variety of furniture styles.
If you want to combine the traditional with the futuristic (or just make people think you’re a secret agent with a satellite uplink at the click of a remote), something like this antiqued chest with hidden flat-screen TV by Delnero Furniture is definitely for you. Michael Delnero writes: “At first glance, this charming piece could be mistaken for an antique ice chest cupboard. Its worn soapstone counter is ideal for use in the kitchen and has potential in many rooms of your home. It would make an ideal liquor cabinet. Just aim a remote at the cabinet, and the quiet Nexus lift system raises a 32″ Sony LCD flat screen TV from within the cupboard.”
If you re looking for custom home entertainment centers that you can take with you, CustomMade artisans can build a custom TV stand, cabinet, or console that will meet you needs (and maybe surprise your guests).