How to choose an entertainment unit
Update your TV room with the latest functional and beautiful storage solutions.
1. That’s entertainment!
The living area is the hub of any family home, and your entertainment unit will naturally become a focal point. Whether it’s family movie night, entertaining friends or kicking back to binge-watch the latest true crime doco, this space needs to fulfill multiple functions and cater to everyone in the household. The right TV unit will provide storage space for your tech gear and accessories, DVDs, laptops and the endless cables, while ensuring easy access to everyday items.
Before you make your choice, measure your space and your TV. Do you want to be able to see the TV while reclining or stretched out, or will you be more likely to watch while sitting up straight? If you’re planning an open-plan space, do you want to be able to see the TV from the kitchen and other sightlines? These considerations will affect your choice, as will the size of your TV - you might love the idea of a surrounding unit that’s perfectly flush with your TV now, but if you upgrade to a larger TV in the future, you’ll find you have to replace the unit at the same time. For a totally coordinated look, freedom offers furniture ranges that include matching TV units, coffee tables, shelves and side tables.
2. What style of entertainment unit is right for me?
Solid timber construction , closed cupboards and drawers will keep clutter hidden away for a tidy, streamlined look. Long, narrow lines and plenty of space on top will allow for display beside your TV, drawing attention away from the big ‘black box’ on top.
Keep everything in close and in view with a combination of open and closed storage . This look requires thorough organisation to keep it tidy - nothing draws attention away from your beautifully curated living area faster than a cluster of messy cords and remotes! Create contrast with a mix of materials, such as timber and concrete or timber and steel legs.
When you don’t want to make a feature of your TV, surround it with books! A simple instantly becomes a functional TV unit that will draw attention to your treasured collection of books, not your tech. Just be sure to fix the shelving system to the wall, as a TV will make it quite top-heavy.
The largest option available is a built-in wall unit, which surrounds the TV and provides plenty of storage, in some cases all the way to the ceiling. Ideal for big families with multiple gaming units and accessories, DVDs, CDs and speaker systems, it can keep everything tucked away in a streamlined, all-in-one solution. However, as it tends to be a custom-made piece it may not be able to travel with you to your next home.
3. How to take care of your entertainment unit
Keep a wooden unit looking great with freedom’s timber furniture care kit, which includes timber protective cream and cleanser/conditioner, and an application cloth. Plus, all freedom furniture comes with a two-year warranty so you can kick back and relax, knowing your new entertainment unit will last the distance.