In our on-going saga of bring our new house up to snuff and out of the 90s and into the modern, I continued my offense on the Family Room. This time I set out to make sure our TV, equipment and DVDs had a home of their own.
When one is redoing their family room, I have found that one must consider entertainment. Ask yourself,
“What are the main uses the room will have?”
“What types of entertainment will be enjoyed in here?”
“What kind of access and storage will be needed?”
For our situation, these were my answers,
1. A place for the family to congregate be it cozying up on the couch with a roaring fire going or lounging as we watched the latest episode of Big Bang Theory or lights down, popcorn at hand as The Avengers lay waste to Loki.
2. For the most part, TV watching, some DVD viewing and on rare occasions a rousing game of Mario Kart on the Wii.
3. We would need equipment storage that would still allow our remotes to work with the equipment (in other words, equipment that had a glass front or no front), LOTS and LOTS of DVD storage as I have a rather large collection, and Wii accessory storage.
I went back to my inspiration piece (see photo to the left by Sarah Richardson and Tommy Smythe) and thought about component pieces that could be connected with a solid surface. As much as I loved the idea, they were pricy for our budget and not pragmatic for our needs. Unless the component shelving could become visible so the remotes worked, there was no point in getting the component module pieces no matter how much I loved it.
I went back through some old images I had filed from day dreaming of a new home and what I would put in it and came across this beautiful wooden component system that had a mix of modern brushed nickel elements and a rich traditional wood tone. It had space for three entertainment pieces and what looked like ample storage. Only one problem…this piece was well over $500 and that meant well out of our budget.
I’m a firm believer of using what you have at hand if you can. Unfortunately I did not have a spare entertainment cabinet sitting around just waiting to be refinished and given new life. Drats! What I did have was a $150 gift from Best Buy as a result of signing up for DirectTV. I had planned to do so anyways so the gift card was a perk! I knew from the past that Best Buy had entertainment cabinets and most were fairly reasonable.
Talk about the furniture gods looking out for me for the score of a lifetime! Not only did I find an awesome deal on and entertainment cabinet…original price $300, on sale for $240 minus $150 gift card meant when I included tax and free shipping, it came out to a little over $100…BUT the best part of the “not only” was that this entertainment cabinet which came in a black wood stain was the exact cabinet I had found for over $500!!! I was not settling on anything! I actually liked the black finish as it picked up some of the black elements in the room as well as the stain on the side chair in our new furniture collection. Only one small detail…I had to put it together. No problem I had done this before several, several, did I mention several times before.
Here are some tips that I have learned about assemble yourself furniture:
- Make sure it is a good quality and has a good rating before you purchase. I have had some awesome pieces, like my office furniture, that have lasted for years and I have others, like a bathroom stand, die within months of assembly.
- Make sure you do an inventory of parts and hardware before your get started with assembly. I know it is time consuming but I cannot tell you how many times I have assembled furniture and something was missing or, on the not so bad side, I had more of an item than I needed. If you are missing an item, call the number on the directions and they will ship you the missing piece or hardware item.
- Speaking of directions, make sure you read them in advance. There are almost always a “but first” type of step involved. Plus, it gives you an idea of how things are supposed to come together which absolutely helps on those confusing steps.
- Gather all your tools before you start. You don’t want to be running for a screw driver and have everything fall apart that you had already put together…and yes I speak from personal experience on that one.
- If the directions call for two people, make sure you have two people. It may not be the weight of the item but rather the awkwardness of the piece that requires a second hand.
- Whether you are working on carpet or hardwood or tile, I suggest putting a blanket down. The blanket protects the new furniture piece from scratches but it also protects your floor from grease and damages as well.
- Lastly, the best advice I can give you is breath and have patience. There will be at least one point in the assembly you will want to scream and throw the directions.
As you can see, my piece made it through and is all complete. Below are pictures of assembly, finished product and in place in its new home all dressed up. In the end, I love the piece.