The family room or den can benefit enormously from this single item
By ClubMom Decorating Expert Lauri Ward
Most ready-made units provide lots of open shelving but not much closed storage. That’s fine if you have only books and family photos you’d like to display. But if you need space for other items you’d rather not keep on view — files, extra candles, silver, even table linens, vases, wine and liquors, or glassware, you might want to consider having a unit custom-made to suit your particular needs.
Aside from keeping your DVDs and CDs hidden in drawers or behind closed doors where they will be easily accessible, one large open shelf or a row of niches should be designated for your audio equipment. And if you’re having the unit built, make sure the section for your TV has a big open area on the wall if you are planning to hang a flat panel television on it, or just leave a large expanse of horizontal space in the middle section where a plasma or LCD TV can sit on its pedestal.
© Lauri Ward, 2006.