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5 Things To Look For in a Well-Designed Media Cabinet

The home theater has become an important part of everyday life, bringing together family and friends for entertainment and relaxation. Having the proper set up includes getting this multi-functional piece just right: the media cabinet. Finding one with innovative engineering and modern design make the theater experience an even more rewarding experience in the home. 

BDI media cabinets and TV stands are engineered with integrated features that make them more than simply a place to hold your entertainment components. BDI home theater furniture helps to create a completely integrated home theater, with features that protect and showcase your system for many years to come. Each feature found in such well-designed media cabinets contributes to the overall user experience. These five features are key to a well-designed media cabinet for your own home theater experience.

Adjustable Shelves

Corridor Corner Home Theater Cabinet by Matthew Weatherly, from BDI
Detail of Corridor Home Theater Cabinet by Matthew Weatherly, from BDI

Entertainment components come in many shapes and sizes; there is nothing worse than finding out that your brand new media cabinet cannot accommodate them. Adjustable shelves can be positioned to fit a wide range of systems. Shelves can be adjusted in 1.25-inch increments and feature high-quality threaded inserts that allow you to readjust shelf positioning as needed.

The media cabinets in the Corridor Home collection by BDI are offered in two, three or four compartment widths and have tapered rear panels. Each louvered door opens to reveal a compartment with an adjustable shelf that can accommodate a sound bar speaker and a range of electronic components.

IR-Friendly Glass

Mirage Home Theater Cabinet by Al Glass, from BDI

Grey tinted glass doors offer a clean and user-friendly design appeal. The tinted glass conceals unsightly wires and components, but is compatible with the infrared (IR) signals used by many remote controls.

The Mirage Home Theater collection’s gloss black finish beautifully complements today‘s home theater components and modern home decor. The grey tinted glass doors conceal components, yet keep them IR-remote accessible, making this collection both impeccably designed and functional.

Cable Management

Novia Corner Home Theater Cabinet by Matthew Weatherly, from BDI

Everyone can agree that a tangle of cables and connections can create an unsightly disruption to your home entertainment center. Not to mention frustration for installers or repair people.

The Novia Home Theater collection modernizes traditional design with unique innovations. It features cable management to keep your home theater neat and organized. Removable back panels offer easy access to the rear of components, and integrated routing channels provide space for speaker and TV cables to be neatly concealed. Each model also includes Velcro closures that can be utilized to gather and secure all cables out of sight.

Tempered Glass

Marina Home Theater Cabinet by Cristian Wicha, from BDI

Wherever you find great design, great functionality should follow. Modern and sleek design often features glass doors or shelving. But one shouldn’t have to sacrifice great design for safety and functionality. Tempered glass offers you a higher degree of safety and security from breakage.

The Marina Home Theater Cabinet features tempered glass, also known as toughened glass. Tempered glass is virtually shatterproof and four to five times stronger than standard glass. Marina media cabinets use this type of glass for cabinet doors as well as shelves that are strong enough to support the heaviest of components.

Hidden Wheels

Rearranging media furniture can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t want to damage beautiful wood floors or break your back carrying a large piece. Often the best part of something’s design is what you can’t see, like hidden wheels for ease of movement.

Even when fully loaded, the Avion media cabinets by BDI can be moved for easy rear access to cables and connections, or to move around during redecorating. Levelers allow the unit to be raised off of its wheels, and secure it in place if desired.

Such details might not be as flashy as the latest blockbuster. But they certainly make life easier when you’re ready to sit back, relax and really enjoy that film.


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