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The centerpiece of most family rooms in Charlotte tends to be the television set. Nowadays, with large flat screen TVs, game systems, DVD players, cable boxes and all the other non-wireless paraphernalia that is so typical with family entertainment centers, the area can get extremely cluttered. If your family is tired of looking at a disorganized entertainment area with wires and command boxes spilling out everywhere, then it is definitely time to reconsider the space. Thinking of redecorating to hide the mess? Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Assess your family’s needs. Think about all the important storage needs necessary for your entertainment center and how you envision this space to function. Having a video game console is important to most families, but what about space for all the exercise equipment, mats and racquets that come with it? Will the family be buying a larger flat screen in the near future? What is in your budget? What can you afford?
2. Downsize. Consider what is no longer used or no longer works properly. Have the kids outgrown the old game system? Do you really need an entertainment space that holds pictures and flower arrangements, or can it be streamlined and reduced in size to just hold the important electronics? Don’t forget all those CDs and DVDs you have crammed into drawers. Consider selling or donating anything that hasn’t been played in a year or more. Can’t let go? How about buying an album case that holds over 100 discs and throwing away all unnecessary space-hogging cases.
3. Find your vision. If you have been dying to redecorate, this just may be the perfect opportunity. Consider rearranging the room to accommodate a new standalone entertainment center. Are you looking for a wood, metal or sleek modern design? Do you need substantial cabinets and drawers, or room to display knick knacks? Let your vision and your budget guide you. Measure the space and make a list so that shopping will be easier.
4. Shop around. Get the Sunday paper and scan the flyers. Check online to see what the local big box stores have on sale for the weekend. This is the fun part, so go ahead and take your time. Bring your camera and take photographs of things you like. Remember to bring measuring tape to ensure that you don’t accidentally purchase an eight-foot-long cabinet for a seven-foot-long space.
5. Tie up loose ends. Put everything away in their new drawer or compartment. Untangle all the wires and cables and then neatly lay them together, using zip ties every foot or two to keep them from looking cluttered. If large cables are visible, consider using a cable tube to cover them. For larger issues, like cables that need to run against walls, use a cable cover to keep things tidy.
The following local businesses may be able to help you get started:
4225 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 20206
Hours: Mon to Fri – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Located in the Park Road Shopping Center, Blackhawk Hardware is a one-stop shop for revamping your entertainment area.
4301-C Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun – closed
Donate your old entertainment center to Classic Attic and find a new one to replace it.
Tyndall Furniture Galleries
9941 Rea Road, Suite D
Charlotte, NC 28277
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tyndall Furniture Galleries has been the family-owned premier provider for upscale, affordable furniture in the Charlotte area for over 30 years.
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