Electronics dominate daily life in this modern society. Those who are avid gadget collectors will likely have a cluttered entertainment center. Your living room or den is meant to provide relaxation, but it’s hard to take it easy when surrounded by a mess. Tame the electronic excess with a few quick storage solutions available for your Houston home.
1. Stick it: The television, Blu-ray player, DVD player, stereo system and cable box all have separate remotes for operation. Instead of replacing those with a single universal remote, as some gadgets don’t have this capability, opt for an adequate storage solution. Attach one side of Velcro to the back of each remote with tape on the reverse side. Press a long strip of the corresponding Velcro against a wall in the media room. This strip may also be attached to the side of a recliner to keep remotes nearby without needing to leave the seat. Simply stick them together when not in use.
2. Cord control: Cords can easily become a tangled mess. Wire binders should be used to tie several cords together in a single bundle. Wrap the plastic wire around a few, pull it tight and snip off the excess. While you must cut off the binder each time a cord has to be moved, the low cost of these items keeps organization within budget.
3. Running cable: Electrical conduits are used to run cords along a wall. One side of the plastic casing has double-sided tape allowing the cover to stick to a surface. Usually only one piece is needed for each wire or cable. This solution easily hides unattractive cables and prevents them from becoming a trip hazard when running between rooms.
4. Built-in solutions: Consider moving your speakers onto wall mounts. This project usually requires more skill and effort than most homeowners are willing to invest, but there are companies in Houston who can do it for you. It’s worth the money because this integration opens up sufficient space within a room.
5. Store and display: Home media systems require ample support and display functionalities. Entertainment centers, TV stands and armoires are designed to stylishly organize TVs and other electronic components. Find a unit that suits your entertainment needs. A variety of style options are available to match the decor of any room. Armoires are a popular option for multipurpose rooms such as a game room or bedroom. The doors to the armoire can be closed to hide a television from view.
The following local businesses should be able to help you get started:
4825 San Jacinto St
Houston, TX 77004
Hours: Mon to Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – Closed
Organize your controllers with a simple velcro solution. Necessary materials can be found in downtown Houston at Southern Importers.
Stokes Hardware & Supply Co.
3719 Irvington Blvd
Houston, TX 77009
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Plastic conduit may be found at hardware stores such as Stoke’s Hardware and Supply Company. Ask their experts which techniques are best for ensuring sturdy installation.
5626 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77057
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Update your entertainment center with an entirely new unit. Rooms Furniture offers full service delivery on their products, which means all parts are assembled without any effort from the homeowner.
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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. She is currently covering Home & Life. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.