Entertainment Unit Info

There are many options available when considering an entertainment unit, as outlined below. If you need something quite specialised to suit your living space or the equipment going in it please don't hesitate to contact us.

Components

The major consideration in designing an entertainment unit relates to what you'd like the unit to accommodate. For example, if you have a DVD player, amplifier, set top box, centre speaker, foxtel and a couple of game consoles along with many CD's and DVD's to fit in then obviously this will have a large bearing on the design of the unit. Our ability to quickly handle your enquiry can be greatly enhanced if you can provide us with a list of these, along with their various dimensions. (Height, width and depth.)

Divide System

These days more and more people have music and movies stored on a hard drive negating the need to have to accommodate CD's and DVD's however there are  just many people, myself included, still have vinyl LP's to put somewhere there will always be those with copious quantities of CD's and DVD's to store. In which case we have developed a pretty versatile way of storing them in our drawers. This system is fully adjustable so anyone can choose what goes in any drawer, half or maybe a quarter to CD storage and the rest DVD's in one drawer or one drawer devoted to one or the other.
This divide system is optional unless a stock unit has them in already in which case it's included in the price. Also the whole set of divides can be completely removed at any stage down the track.

Drawer Slides & Overall Height

If the height of an entertainment unit is critical, one factor that will affect the overall height is the choice of drawer slides.

There are various types of drawer slides available on the market such as:

  • Regular (side-mounted)
  • Soft-closing (s/m)
  • Push-to-open (s/m)
  • Soft-closing (under-mounted)
  • Push-to-open, with soft close (u/m)
However we mainly stick with soft close under mounted or regular (non soft close) side mounted.

The main thing to be aware of is that under mounted soft close slides will take up some internal height space within the drawer to the tune of 40mm.

So drawer fronts with side-mounted slides must be a minimum 170mm high if you'd like to place CD's and DVD's in them stored so that you can read the spines. Under-mounted drawer slides require the drawer fronts to be at least 210mm high - not a major jump for a single drawer, but can be considerable if your unit is going to have 2 or 3 rows of drawers.

There's no doubt that the under-mounted slides have a smoother and sexier feel to them with a nice soft closing action at the end making them the preferred option for the extra cost, however, if you're limited in height (or budget) and you want to keep it as low as possible (on both counts) then the side mounted slides still operate very smoothly and you save on cost.

With many TV's being mounted on the wall these days keeping the entertainment unit low is not such a big deal now days and to honest I think having it higher looks better anyway.

Retractable Doors and Drawer Fronts

Having retractable doors or drawer fronts can be the answer to some design or aesthetic issues of the entertainment unit. For example for a clean uncluttered look where it's desirable to have full length doors or a combination of doors and drawers covering the whole front of a unit, having a pair of doors folding back inside the unit makes a lot sense when wanting to expose all the components to use remotes. And we can do the same with drawer fronts, or I should say faux drawer fronts that are really flap doors that can open up slide back into the top. This is only an option when finger grooves are used as a means of opening instead of knobs or handles.

Glass Doors

If you're not particularly keen on a retractable doors but would still like to cover the open cavity that houses your components, we can add glass doors to the unit to keep the dust to a minimum.

We can frame glass panels up with solid timber, or there's also the option for frame-less doors if you're trying to achieve a more sleek look.

Handles or Finger Grooves

We carry a range of handles and knobs to complement any style of unit - be it modern and sleek or something a little more traditional and intricate. You're also welcome to supply your own handles or knobs for us to fit on the unit.

In the last couple of years the clean 'no handles or knobs look' has been taking over to the point where at least 90% of our cabinet doors have other means of being opened rather than handles or knobs.

Base Style

There are many different when it comes to the design of the base your unit.

  • Sides to the floor - the side panels of the unit extend to the floor, with a narrow setback kick panel at the front. This has been the most popular look in recent times.
  • Short tapered legs - the length can be whatever a customer wants but essentially this gives the unit a lighter look perhaps or it may be preferred because there is other furniture in the room with the same look.
  • Turned feet - a little more labour-intensive, but suits the more traditional or classical look.
  • Metal feet and legs - much like handles, these come in a variety of finishes and styles.
  • 'U' shaped legs - Legs like this usually run front to back at the ends and are just another option for legs on an entertainment unit.

Top Thickness & Shadow Lines

The thickness of the top is a minor detail that can often make a big difference to the look of a TV unit to create either a more sleek or more substantial look to the piece.Otherwise having a thin shadow line running around under the top can be a nice finishing touch to a design.

Openings in Backs

We're often asked about the openings in the backs of our entertainment units. This is an important factor for two reasons, one is accessibility to wire up and the other is for heat escape.

There's no easy solution when it comes to accessibility, all we can do is provide a generous opening in the back and the rest is up to your technical know how and dexterity.

Heat escape is a very important factor for some components, if the top of of a solid timber cabinet gets too warm too often it's going to lose some moisture. The timber will normally maintain a moisture level of around 10% depending on where you live but if it's heated up for any length of time it's going to lose maybe another 4 or 5% and when that happens it's going to want to shrink slightly and the in doing that something has to give because it's only the small area that has been heated up that is going to shrink and the only thing it can do is split somewhere. But it's not as big a problem as it may appear because if the top is allowed to remain in 'normal' conditions, ie no excessive heat, it will take in moisture again and the split will close up.

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