Growing up, my bedroom only ever had one function: sleeping. Living in a two story house with a basement and an addition meant we had plenty of rooms for each specialized need. Aside from our large shared bedroom, my brothers and I had a separate room, the “play room” or “game room” as we called it, for our toys, TVs, computers, video games, etc. We slept in the bedroom, and spent our time playing games and watching TV in the “play room.” But after moving out and transitioning from that large house to much less spacious apartments, the luxury of specialized rooms is compromised.
For my fiancee and I, our kitchen is also our dining room, our living room is also our home office, and our bedroom is also our “game room.” Growing up, each of those locations had their own distinct door and their own four walls in my parents house, so the transition changed my view of the furniture we needed. A small dining room table suitable for two to four, rather than six to eight, saves floor space in our kitchen. Laptops and a small utility desk have replaced files cabinets and large desktop computer setups to keep our living room a comfortable living space. And lastly, an entertainment armoire rather than an entertainment wall saves room and retains a cozy and comfortable atmosphere in our bedroom while providing a more compact solution for our hybrid “game room.” These compromises allow us to get the most out of our living space while sacrificing little or nothing in the way of functionality. We essentially have everything I had growing up, just consolidated into three rooms instead of six.
Modern technology, and modern furniture designs created with modern technology in mind, has made this sort of consolidation much more possible and realistic than it has been in the past. Multi-functional pieces like sleeper sofas and daybeds, laptops replacing desktops, wireless internet, cell phones, microwave ovens, flat screen televisions, and hybrid storage pieces like media chests and entertainment armoires allow for much more versatile and compact solutions to modern and traditional conveniences. As far as furniture, I find sleeper sofas and daybeds just don’t hold up to the comfort of an actual bed and mattress despite their convenience, I still prefer a powerful desktop setup to the more casual and convenient laptops, and recent studies on microwaves make me wary to overuse them. But a piece of modern furniture I find effective without making sacrifices is our entertainment armoire.
Flat screen televisions, wireless routers, and Netflix have made bulky tube TVs, cable boxes, and drawers full of DVDs obsolete. What once took and entire entertainment unit or even entertainment wall, can now be rivaled or outdone in a fraction of the space. Well-designed media chests and entertainment armoires with the proper storage options to suit your needs can create the ultimate entertainment area in a space narrower than your arm span and shorter than you are. With the proper layout and setup, you may even have storage space left over for other needs in your home.
For us in our apartment, our single entertainment armoire is effective enough to solve the needs of both a dresser and entertainment wall in much more compact unit. The upper shelf holds our Playstation system which is capable of streaming Netflix wirelessly, as well as controllers and the TV remote when not in use. The two drawers immediately below the TV hold video games, DVDs, and a few extra accessories for use with the TV and Playstation system. The row of shelves below those are my sock and underwear drawers, leaving the larger bottom shelves for shirts and pants. My entire wardrobe (excluding coats and suits hung in the closet) is contained within this single unit along with the majority of my home entertainment products. Essentially if I didn’t have to work, cook, and bathe, I would have no reason to ever leave that room! Whether getting dressed for work in the morning, unwinding after work with Netflix or video games, or changing into pajamas and watching a little more Netflix before bed, I spend the majority of each day in that room. And best of all, all of this can be neatly and easily contained behind the stylish doors transforming the ultimate entertainment center/dresser into an elegant and attractive armoire. From “game room” to charming bedroom in no time flat!
And something I never knew I was missing out on growing up: waking up on Saturday morning after a draining week and being able to access a massive library or movies, TV shows, or video games without even having to drag my butt out of bed!
In my opinion, apartment life is great. In fact, entertainment armoires make it even better.
Whether you’re living the apartment life and looking to maximize every square foot you’ve got, just looking to add style and functionality to your bedroom, or wanting to live the dream of never leaving bed on the weekends like me, entertainment armoires are the solution.