As we were designing our home I wanted to create a functional, but elegant built in entertainment center. I have a pet peeve of decorating around TVs. So rather than the TV being the main focal point of the room I wanted to create a space that incorporated a TV.
Supplies for a Built in Entertainment Center
- Framing nailer or drill
- mud and tape
- shiplap - you can shiplap the whole thing
- crown molding
- base molding
- Floating shelves - shelfology
- white oak cabinets
- pendant lights
- pine for tops of benches
How to Build a Built in Drywall Entertainment Center
I did build these built-ins myself with the exception of sheetrock, mud and tape! It was my first experience framing. I didn't want to pay the framer extra to build these. Plus, I had this idea in my head so I decided to just do it myself.
This is a pretty basic framing job. I just needed
- 4 walls that were 10 ft tall by 24 inches wide for the floating shelves
- 2 boxes for the benches
- 2 boxes for the drop down above the benches
- 2 bases for the shelves
Measurements for My Built in Entertainment Center
- Our ceilings are 10 feet tall and this wall is 19 feet 10 inches long.
- Benches on either side are 35" wide x 19" deep x 18" tall. The drop down on the top is 18".
- Both shelving units are 28" wide x 24" deep
- The TV opening is 83" wide.
On either side of the shelves are benches with storage below. I really wanted to maximize the storage space and this will be perfect to store blankets.
Built-In Shelves and Benches
After the sheetrock was hung we added the shiplap and then all of the moldings. Our painter then painted everything and got it ready so we could hang our floating shelves. They are the Aksel white oak floating shelves from Shelfology. I had mine custom made and they are absolutely beautiful. They are solid white oak with the coolest hanging bracket in the back.
Decorating was so much fun. I wanted to keep it simple but fun.
Floating Cabinets for My Built in Entertainment Center
Since this is an entertainment center I knew I needed some cabinetry to hide all the TV goodies. Foxwood cabinetry made these beautiful natural quarter sawn white floating cabinets for this space. They compliment the shelves perfectly.
When designing a space lighting is always a fun element to incorporate. I added these fun black pendants from Progress lighting. I gave them their own switch as well. They create the perfect mood lighting or reading nook! My fan is also from Progress.
How to Decorate a Built in Entertainment Center
Now for decorating. I used some items I already had and then I added to it with items I found from Amazon and Target. I wanted to bring in some blacks and greys to compliment my other neutral coloring.
Paint Colors and Sources
- Shiplap- Chalked by Benjamin Moore
- Walls- Snowbound by Sherwin Williams
- Flooring - ADM Vintage Beige
- Chairs - Article.com
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