Entertainment Unit: 5 Ways to Maximize Your Wall Space

Don’t let a small space limit how you entertain.

Custom storage solutions allow you to maximize wall space and create a functional entertaining area in your home.

Here are five ways to maximize wall space with an entertainment unit in a small room.

1. Add horizontal storage

Every living room needs storage space to prevent clutter and help you stay organized. Instead of relying on multiple small furniture pieces for storage, take advantage of the length of a wall with one long, integrated storage solution.

A counter height and depth console is the right height for a flat screen TV and can be custom outfitted with closed and open storage.

Mix cupboards, drawers and shelves based on your entertainment storage needs.

Wall to wall entertainment unit

2. Install a floor-to-ceiling unit

Take advantage of vertical space by making your entertainment unit as tall as possible.

Keep functional items for entertaining within reach, use open shelves for displaying and to store game systems, electronics, board games, etcetera behind closed doors.

3. Hide a bed

Horizontal or vertical storage can be custom outfitted with a wall bed for overnight guests. Invisible when tucked away, a fold-out bed can be incorporated with plenty of storage built in around it.

4. Incorporate a bar

If your living room is not large enough for a home bar, no problem! You can add a mini-bar to your entertainment unit that allows you to easily mix drinks and serve guests without even leaving the room.

Be sure to include under-mount cabinet lighting to enhance the bar’s functionality and ambience.

Mini-bar built into an entertainment unit.

5. Get cozy with a fireplace

An entertainment unit does more than just house your TV and store your DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

It also allows you to enjoy cozy features, such as a gas or electric fireplace, without requiring additional room. Warm up on a chilly night with a fireplace installed beneath the TV.

If you’re considering adding an entertainment unit to your home, start by getting a free in-home design consultation from Organized Interiors today.

TV Position: How High Off The Floor Should My TV Screen Be?

Before adding a custom entertainment unit to a room, one of the most important questions you’ll have to ask yourself is, “How high off the floor should my TV screen be?”

TV position matters for more than just aesthetic reasons. It’s about comfort, too.

Consider the last time you sat in the front row of a movie theatre. Were you very comfortable? Probably not. That’s because you were forced to look up to watch the movie, and this can cause soreness after a while.

Entertainment unit with mini-bar, home theatre and fireplace.

For comfortable viewing, the middle of your TV screen when located in your entertainment unit should be at eye level or slightly below.

This means that you’ll have to calculate eye level (with a tape measure) by sitting on your sofa or recliner.

Measure the distance from the floor to your eyes while in a seated position, and keep in mind other people in your house who are taller or shorter.

Measurements don’t have to be exact, so if your spouse is a different height, you can either calculate the average or measure the eye level for the tallest person in the house.

Once you know how high the middle of your TV screen should be, measure the height of your TV and subtract that number by half. Then subtract the TV’s base height to determine the ideal measurements for your custom entertainment centre.

Again, you don’t have to 100% exact, but this will give you a good idea of the most comfortable viewing position. If you need to, position the screen a little lower than your ideal viewing height, rather than higher.

Keep in mind that certain sitting positions, like reclining, can affect eye level, and you might prefer your TV in a higher position, such as above the fireplace.

In the end, it’s all about what feels most comfortable to you and what height provides the most enjoyable viewing experience.

How An Entertainment Unit Can Help You Celebrate The Holiday Season In Style

The holiday season is here and you know what that means…entertaining season is here, too.

If you’re hosting a few get-togethers of your own, whether they’re large parties or small gatherings of your closest friends and family, you might already have a few party ideas up your sleeve.

Maybe you’ve found some fun games to play or a few delicious recipes to try.

At Organized Interiors, we can help you get ready for your parties by adding a stylish entertainment unit to your interior design.

Here are four ideas for a great entertainment unit to make this year’s hosting duties a breeze.

Liquor cabinet and serving area built in to an entertainment unit.

Keep the merriment going with a liquor cabinet and bar

With plenty of counter and cabinet space, you can easily serve friends and family their favourite drinks – without having to leave the room.

There is even enough cabinet space to store glassware and other bar essentials.

Add ambience with undercabinet lighting

When mixing a cocktail, undercabinet lighting will come in handy. Undercabinet lighting provides functional and ambient lighting.

Plus, our fixtures feature a subtle style that matches the entertainment unit’s striking design.

Fireplace built in to an entertainment unit.

Create a cozy space with a fireplace

There’s no better time to gather around the fireplace than the holidays. Consider adding a gas fireplace to your entertainment unit to give your living room a warm and inviting look.

Wow guests with a home theater system

Bring everyone together to watch your favourite holiday movies on the big screen. Friends and family will be envious of your new home theater system.

And with a glowing fire in the background and drinks in hand, watching TV will be an even more enjoyable experience.

Entertainment unit with mini-bar, home theatre and fireplace.

With an entertainment unit from Organized Interiors, you’ll be the hostess with the mostess.

If you’re ready to install an entertainment unit in your home, book a complimentary in-home design consultation today.

Save on the Perfect Finish

Premium Finishes on sale
In many areas of life, it’s not how you start that really counts, but how you finish.
The same is true of the shelving and cabinetry in your home: the finish is the first thing people see when they walk in the door. And that means the finish you choose for your storage areas makes a huge difference in the overall impression your home makes.
That’s why you don’t want to skimp on the finish. Choosing an elegant, durable finish that complements the style of the rest of your home is one of the key elements of good design. The good news is that modern technology has led to significant advances in the manufacturing of finishes. It’s now possible to find high-quality, durable finishes that can blend in with any home décor.
There are a couple of questions you should ask yourself when thinking about what finish is right for your shelving or cabinetry.
Where will the storage area be? Obviously, what’s right for custom cabinetry in your bedroom probably won’t work in the laundry area.
What style is right for your home? A lot of times, this comes down to a choice between two basic options: a modern solid finish, or the more traditional look of wood. At Organized Interiors, we offer a wide range of wood grain and solid colour finishes for you to choose from.

Wood grain finishes

Technology now allows us to precisely duplicate the appearance of wood without the problems of warping that come with real wooden cabinetry. A darker wood finish can give your cabinetry or shelving a classy, traditional look, while lighter options can work with more modern décor.
At Organized Interiors, these are our five most popular wood finishes:
Spring Blossom
Spring Blossom
Summer Breeze
Summer Breeze
Latitude North
Latitude North
Latitude East
Latitude East
Latitude West
Latitude West

Solid colour finishes

Solid finishes create a smooth, modern look that can add a touch of contemporary elegance to your home.
These are our five most popular solid colour finishes:
Ice Grey
Ice Grey
Avalanche Stone
Avalanche Stone
Modern Grey
Modern Grey

Save on finishes for a limited time

And best of all, until September 20, 2014, all 10 of these finishes are on sale.
Visit our showroom to see all of the finishes or schedule a free in-home consultation and find out how you can get the perfect finish—for less.

14 New Decorative Panel Colours for 2014

Desk in Spring Blossom colour
There has never been so much choice in decorative panels. The number of colours and textures that can be used in custom cabinetry keeps growing every year. This plethora of choice makes it easier to create a custom closet or entertainment unit that matches your personal taste and blends well with the decor of a room.
For 2014, Organized Interiors is introducing 14 exciting new colours that can be used in all of our custom cabinetry products.
Spring Blossom
Spring Blossom
Summer Breeze
Summer Breeze
Latitude North
Latitude North
Latitude East
Latitude East
Latitude West
Latitude West
Desert GreyDesert Gray
Pebble BeachPebble Grey
Stone GreyStone Grey
Gravel GreyGravel Grey
Ice GreyIce Grey
Avalanche StoneAvalanche Stone
Modern GreyModern Grey
Organized Interiors has hundreds of decorative panel designs to choose from that vary in terms of their:

  • colour
  • sheen (matte, semi-gloss, gloss, metallic)
  • finish (solid colour, flat, grain, texture)
  • style (traditional, transitional, contemporary)

Which Colour Or Finish Is Right For Me?

If you’re not sure which colour or finish is right for your space, take some photos with your smartphone and bring them to our showroom. At Organized Interiors you can browse through hundreds of samples and get a feel for the different styles that might work in your home.
When you have questions or just want help choosing a decorative panel, we have design experts that can help. They’ll even visit your home and with you to design a storage solution that is right for you. And our in-home design consultations are free!