Engineering an Entertainment Center
There's more to it than putting a television in a box
Synopsis: A good design for an entertainment center involves a lot of planning, examining the requirements of each component, and then integrating everything seamlessly. Brooks Tanner, a custom entertainment center builder, walks readers through the design process. He shares solutions to a number of real-world scenarios, such as how to accommodate for various components, how to manage wires and ventilation, the importance of planning for upgrades in technology (such as accommodating for a wide-screen HDTV set), and how to determine the proper overall dimensions. Other techniques detailed in this article include installing pocket doors and building rattle-free panels.
Entertainment centers have been around since the days of the Victrola, but with the advent of enormous televisions and sound systems that would astonish Thomas Edison, entertainment centers too need to evolve. A modern cabinet not only needs to house the television but also sound and video media, satellite receivers, DVD players,…