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What’s the Best Furniture for Home Entertainment?

The Basics

Home entertainment can be watching TV or movies on TV, gaming and listening to music. The bare minimum furniture you need for a room dedicated to entertainment are:

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Whether you have a box unit or wall mounted flat screen, the TV is really the hearth and focus of most family homes. Wall mounting frees up a lot of space but any TV can be integrated into a functional storage unit. The biggest problem with Wii games and the ever-changing new technologies in audio-visual devices is the huge amount of requisite accessories we amass. This is especially true in an extended family situation when dad loves his old LPs and the kids are into Xbox one and Playstation 4.

Storage

twoStorage units can be sleek or more like a console or buffet shape, this depends on the style of your room and the look you want to achieve.

The main thing is being able to store all your equipment and accessories and hide the worst of the messy cables.

Corner TV units can be a great solution for small spaces or for when you want visual access from more than one room. The most important thing here is the final height of the TV screen. It should be at a comfortable viewing level, which means generally that your direct eyeline should be approximately a third of the way up the screen. There are also some great smaller solutions made for specific storage items such as DVD towers and racks.

Couch

 Make it comfy! A modular couch can be a good choice for an entertainment room because it can be reconfigured according to what you are doing and how many people are involved. The traditional sofa and pair of armchairs or recliners work very well too. The prime task is arranging the furniture to maximise your viewing and listening position as well as utilising the general space. Ottomans, especially those that include their own storage recesses, can be perfect seating choices for extra guests that drop by.

 Coffee Table

 Lastly, a must-have, provided you have the space for it, is a coffee table. Placed btween the couch and the TV unit, a coffee table provides you with a surface to put your drinks and snacks on. Look for a coffee table that can also store things you need close to hand like the remote controls, TV guide and magazines. With these basics you will create an ideal place to put your feet up and, relax and enjoy your toys without the clutter.

 

 

 

Things to know before buying a dining table

  1. First consider your lifestyle and your dining table use.

Casual or formal? Will the table be used for other functions other than dining? The majority of dining tables come at a fairly standard height of 76cm. You need to keep this in mind if you want to try looking for an unusual table not intended for dining. Apart from the different shapes that tables come in, there are some wonderful retro choices, refectory and trestle options.

2. Next consider what size is best for you.

How often do you entertain and for how many people? This will give you an idea of what size to choose from. There are some good sites that give excellent details about dimensions and seating numbers like House Plans Helper.

Generally for an average dinner party of 6 people, you are looking at:

  • 122cm diameter for a round table
  • 122-152cm for a square table
  • 79x152cm to 91x183cm for a rectangular table

Depending on the space you have, you have options of round, oval, square and rectangular. The most flexible choice is an extension table, either square or rectangular, that can be easily expanded in length to accommodate more guests when needed.

3. Choose a dining table material.

For casual dining you could go for an outdoor dining set in wicker with a tempered glass top. The glass top is very practical and easy to clean. Marble is another excellent table top surface. If you are thinking about buying a wood table, be prepared for some simple but necessary upkeep. You will need to wipe the surfaces down with an oil-based furniture polish every six months and using coasters and placemats will minimise staining and scratching.


So go classical wood or contemporary glass and metal and enjoy an entertaining lifestyle.

The Beauty of Barstools

Design suggestions how to create an inviting kitchen bar or home bar from scratch

It doesn’t necessarily take loads of space to set up a home bar or a kitchen nook or island area for casual drinks and snacks. A bar can be the viewing point for movies and TV shows and it can become the favourite family hub.

Natural wood has warmth and character.
Natural wood has warmth and character.

All you need is a surface bench or table top that you can belly up to. If you are starting from scratch, you might want to choose your stools first. The bar stool will determine the style and the height of your bar.

There are amazing barstools available ranging from cowhide and chrome to leather and plastic, retro to industrial. Just make sure the stool you choose is comfortable as well as attractive.

What really sets the scene and provides a bar with atmosphere is the lighting. The lighting should be cozy and flattering and  pendants are the perfect choice, especially as you can position them to exactly the best height above the bar or bench surface.

The fun part is selecting lighting that complements the barstool style.

These two elements, stool and lighting, will harmonise the look.

Retro colour is lively and fun.
Retro colour is lively and fun.

Choosing lights and stools first will make it easier for you to select the other necessary elements such as wall art, bench top material and glassware. Go with natural wood for a warm feel or opt for bright solid colours that create a friendly and fun atmosphere.

If kids will be using the stools as well as adults, look at gas-lift adjustable models and at swivel mechanisms if the stools will be in a tight space without a lot of room for maneuvering in and out.

Setting up a home bar increases your popularity ten-fold. It’s a great way to entertain friends with cocktails and the family with movie night and snacks.

 

Our Top Points on Choosing Kids Bedroom Furniture

The two most vital things to think about are:

  • Budget
  • Adaptability

    Bed with Trundle Incorporated into Wall Storage
    Bed with Trundle Incorporated into Wall Storage

BUDGET

Kids grow up fast. Consider the age of your kid and if a younger sibling can inherit the furniture when he or she outgrows it. There is plenty of excellent kids’ furniture out there online with low prices if you want to upgrade as your child grows, otherwise you may want to buy something flexible that can adapt to your kid’s changing needs.

The best solution to decorating children’s bedrooms in a modern and practical way is to put in bunk beds. Bunk modular sets can maximise space with built-in storage drawers, shelves and closets. They can create a whole environment with a bed, study desk and lots of fun features like ladders or steps.

Two variant ways to set up the same modular bunk.
Two variant ways to set up the same modular bunk.

ADAPTABILITY

There are bunks that can be reconfigured into two separate beds plus the double below-single above model can be a useful option for older kids with occasional sleepover friends sleeping on a pull out trundle. For the ultimate in hidden beds in a room that needs as much floor space as possible during the day, there exists a Murphy-style bunk unit – the beds fold up into the wall out of sight. Bedroom storage is always a premium, especially with all the kit and gear kids accumulate.

Another example of a versatile bunk modular system.
Another example of a versatile bunk modular system.