If you are looking to add a TV to an area of your home, you have a few options: entertainment units, media cabinets, TV chests, and wall mounting are the most prevalent solutions for creating a TV area, arranged from most to least substantial.
If you want to fill a wall in your living room, family room, or man-cave, entertainment units might be the perfect solution. They provide the most storage options for setting up entertainment systems like a cable box, DVD players, and video game systems, as well as auxiliary storage for movies, games, and other accessories. Entertainment units are often designed to take up a significant amount of a wall, being almost ceiling height and around ten feet wide in many cases.
Next you have media cabinets. Media cabinets (sometimes called TV cabinets) are basically just what they sound like: a cabinet whose design is geared specifically toward media and a TV. They are usually wider and shorter with several doors and drawers for storing entertainment systems and accessories. The top of the cabinet is large enough to hold just about any size flat screen TV, sometimes with room to spare. These pieces are best for areas where the entertainment area is not meant to be the entire focus of the room, but still provide ample functionality. These units are often flanked by wall art of other such pieces behind or to the side of the TV area.
TV chests are very similar to media cabinets, but usually slightly smaller in total size, and more tall than wide. With TV chests you are more likely to have drawers and shelves than large doors like on a cabinet. TV chests are designed for smaller entertainment areas, perhaps in the bedroom or a guest room, with a smaller profile that leaves less of a footprint in the floor space of the room. They often have two designated shelves/compartments for setting up a cable box, DVD player, or video game system, with a top surface large enough to support small to medium sized TVs securely.
Wall mounting is a recent development with the popularity of flat screen TVs. With wall mounting, you simply secure to TV to the wall without the need for a piece of furniture to support it. In this case, a piece of furniture is usually placed on the floor below, or a shelving unit is also mounted on the wall to support entertainment systems for use with the wall mounted TV. This is, of course, the least substantial TV solution, but requires more work and finesse to set up.
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