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Entertainment: It's all about balance

The television and entertainment center is often the focal point of the living room or if you’re lucky, the dedicated theater room. Choosing the right support system to hold your gear is a balance of size and style. Here’s a quick rundown.

If you have the largest possible television and lots of components, an entertainment center may be right for you. They can be as tall as 72” and 120” or more wide, with lots of shelves and drawers for your gear. Caution: these aren’t ideal for small spaces; they’ll take over.

TV consoles, on the other hand, are one of the simplest styles and easy to move if you rearrange your furniture. Place your TV on top, or if you’re sure of placement, mount your television to the wall above it. They come in a variety of lengths to fit your space and your components.

Entertainment fireplaces serve double duty as a TV stand plus an ambiance and warmth-giving fireplace. With the fireplace in the center, many offer open shelves or doors to either side.

No matter which you choose, center the middle of your TV with the middle of the largest seating piece in the room.


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