Whether you’re a designer or a do-it-yourself type of homeowner, knowing and implementing the right setup for your home is essential to keeping your audio video equipment in prime condition. Whether buying something premade or getting a custom build, we’ve got some guidelines for you to check out to make sure that your cabinets are going to serve your media consumption habits. Read these tips to learn about the three essential components of cabinetry when it comes to home entertainment.
Ideal cabinets have pullout racks that bring AV components out of the cabinet without unplugging or moving anything around. Sometimes these components need to be serviced or replaced, and having a sliding unit that allows for easy access makes a world of difference for you and your installer. If a cabinet with a sliding rack is not feasible for your project, opt for free-standing cabinets with removable backings.
- VentilationThe majority of equipment failures and intermittent issues stem from overheating. Protect your investment by ensuring that cabinets are equipped with active cooling systems, which intake cool air and blow out hot air with a series of fans, vents, and openings in your cabinet. Some active cooling systems can be complex, with fans at the bottom and chimneys at the top to direct airflow, while others can be a little simpler, pushing air out of gaps created with spacers in the cabinet door. If an active cooling system is not available, be sure that cabinets have vents or holes in the back to allow hot air to escape.
- Cable ManagementLeave some extra space for the little guys who do all the legwork! When planning your cabinets, be sure to add at least a 4-inch gap for cables to run behind cabinets. This ensures that they stay neatly tucked out of sight, but still have room to be routed to the proper place. Add the extra 4 inches when planning to save yourself from a major headache when it comes to installation time.
If you have questions about your cabinetry or want to get something built, contact us or come into our showroom and we’ll connect you to the right people!
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