Entertainment Furniture—more specifically, modern TV stands, media consoles, game tables, modern bars—add great value to our home lives, but finding practical and attractive pieces is always a challenge. Thankfully, handsome and well-designed modern TV stands, pool tables, and a range of other contemporary furniture have transformed home entertaining—bringing TV consoles and game tables out of dingy basements and into the main rooms of our homes.
Without a doubt the most important thing when buying a modern TV stand or cabinet is functionality. There’s no shortage of beautiful and stylish media consoles on the market, but the primary purpose of modern TV stands is to display your TV and other media devices attractively, and to corral related material—DVDs, CDs, channel changers and wires. Make sure that the modern media console you select fulfills these purposes by selecting a unit that contains enough storage space to hold your collection of CDs, DVDs, and their various related devices, and has subtle elements that keep cables and wires out of sight.
The size of your modern TV stand is, obviously, going to be informed by two things: the size of your TV, and the size of the room in which it will reside—but, as with all furniture, be mindful of its scale in relation to the rest of the furnishings in the room. While it might be tempting to buy the biggest, most spacious modern TV stands on the market, an oversized console that dominates a room both visually and literally will look inelegant no matter how beautiful. So, more than anything, the size of your modern TV console should work in harmony with the rest of the room’s furniture and objects.
Think of modern TV stands as any other piece of furniture, and avoid buying something that is out of step with your overall design sensibilities, that stands out as being different. Ideally, a modern TV stand should seamlessly blend into a room as part of the furniture ensemble. Pay attention to both size and practicality. A bigger modern TV stand doesn’t necessarily mean more storage space, so carefully examine how efficiently and smartly it’s been designed. It’s easy enough to find a beautiful and stylish modern media console, but looks alone won’t solve your media needs, so by all means think about good looks, but think about functionality just as carefully.
The modern game table—ping pong table, football, modern pool table—has come a long way from crude and clunky designs of the past, so including a sophisticated game table in a large living room or main room area of an apartment is not only acceptable, but a novel touch. Stand-alone modern bar designs handsome enough to be mistaken for elegant storage are another reason to view entertainment furniture as an integral part of the overall interior scheme of your home, rather than separated from it.