Published at Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 - 09:13:58 AM. Wall Unit. By polly.
Entertainment Units - Making Sense Out of All the Confusion Your Lifestyle, Your TV With the choices now available for entertainment centers, choosing the TV furniture that suits all aspects of your lifestyle has never been this easy. From wall units for compact living spaces to really modern entertainment centers for the techno-savvy, shopping for TV stands is now as exciting as fashion bargain-hunting for the stylish women or car shopping for the auto-fanatic men. So what are these choices for your dream entertainment center? Lets check it out one by one. TV Armories: Furniture and TV in One Gone were the days when armories are mainly used for wardrobe storage. This piece of furniture is now fast becoming a living room favorite. Those who opt for the more formal look, armories are ideal. Among the great features of entertainment or TV armories are: Your TV, component, and other entertainment equipment can be installed in just one place. A great storage for electronic accessories and media component accessories. No need to spend time looking for that remote control, microphone, or connecting cables. Theyre all in there! Can be used to put life in an otherwise boring living room or bedroom. Remember, its also a piece of furniture. Popular choices for armories are hardwood, as these are considered classic and durable. This choice is appropriate for big houses and for families living in the country or villa. Corner Units: Maximized Space Corner units are ideal for those with small living spaces such as condos and apartments. Who says that you need to have a vast space in order to have your own entertainment center? Moving in to that chic yet compact condo? Consider a corner unit as your entertainment furniture. Modern TV stands such as plasma TV stands are ideal for corner entertainment centers since most of these stands are designed really for city living. Whats interesting is despite the tight space, these units can pack in all your gadgets and TV accessories. Cool! Entertainment Wall Units: Your Wall like Never Before Thanks to modern wall units, the plain white wall has become more animated (forget your grandmas dusty painting and old framed photos. Its the 21st century!). Entertainment wall units like armories are also great furniture that completes the look of your living room or bedroom. Most units are comprised of several pieces combined to form single furniture, the TV, being the focus. Like the other options mentioned, it also stores the different entertainment accessories. Side by Side Units: A No-nonsense Option Some people who opt for utility and ease choose side by side entertainment units. These units, usually of around 60" width functions both as storage and furniture, with the TV on one side and cabinets for the components and accessories on the other. The modern versions of the side by side units even include other appliances such as TV and fridge side by side.
3 Essential Points to Successfully Fit Wall Units on Different Types of Walls The wall units should line up with the same size unit below. Sometimes the design is such that some will not line through because different door widths have been used but where they do line up a plumb line needs to be drawn up the wall and used as a starting point to mark off the unit sizes. The height of the units have been determined by the height of any tall housing units or by the height of the tiles below. A spirit level now needs to be used to transfer a line around to wherever there are wall units. Now the position of the plates on the wall need to be worked out to allow the units to hang at the correct height. A good way to start is to take a unit and adjust the bracket to its half way position then measure from the top of the cabinet to the underside of the hook. Then transfer this measurement to the wall starting at the drawn line on the wall showing the tops of the wall units and measuring down. A tip here. When fixing into lightweight thermalite blocks a normal plastic plug does not hold very well so it is a good idea to use either 75m/m or 100m/m frame fixings. These have a full length plug and the expansion takes place a lot deeper into the block resulting in less chance of the fixing being pulled out. Only use the two outer holes and drill the holes down at around 30 degrees and splaying outwards. As most of the forces on the bracket are straight down the fixings, by sloping downward, will resist being pulled out. If the wall units are to be fitted onto a stud wall the chances of the hanging plate being in the same position as the wooden stud is very remote but there are a couple of ways to get over this. Firstly a continuous hanging plate can be used. This comes in 2 or 3 meter lengths with holes and slots along the whole length so all that is needed is to cut it to the correct length and put it at the same height as the individual ones and screw into every stud it passes over. If at the end there is no stud to secure it then fit a high load plasterboard fixing called a hollow wall anchor. This has expanding legs that open up behind the plasterboard to help spread the load. Secondly a section of plasterboard can be removed to allow 12m/m plywood to take the place of the plasterboard and the plates fixed to this. This method is messy and takes longer but is a solution if no continuous hanging plate is available. The plywood must be strongly secured to the studs. Thirdly, similar to the plywood solution, remove a larger amount of plasterboard and fit noggins (horizontal pieces of studding fitted between the vertical studs) at the correct height and re plasterboard. Tip. To make sure the hook rests firmly on the wall plate it is advisable to actually chisel away some of the side of the unit, being careful not to break out through the face to allow the wall plate to run past where it needs to be, so that when on the wall there will be a little left and right movement to line the cabinet up without the hook falling off the wall plate. I have never seen anyone else do this but I highly recommend you do. One very important thing to look out for when fixing the wall unit plates to the wall is to look below to see if there are any sockets below or nearby. If there are I suggest you find the cables in the wall to be sure you miss them. One way to do this is to carefully chisel the wall away, about 150mm below the bracket position so that is far enough away to not affect the strength of the fixing but close enough to accurately mark the wire position as it passes underneath the bracket position. The hanging bracket plate that fixes to the wall usually has 3 slotted holes. Usually the bracket position can be adjusted to be able to use two of the three slots. When drilling the holes angle the drill away from the wire for extra security. Sometimes, as there is only a limited space at the back of a wall unit, you can only trim away a maximum of 10mm so if the wall is running out of plumb by more than that, the wall unit will need to come off the wall to level it. It is sometimes possible to trim the maximum off the unit and then take away some plaster on the wall to make it right. If there is a problem getting the wall unit right the back may need to be moved further into the unit which will involve taken the unit apart if it is a flat pack unit or if it is a rigid unit then the back will need to be cut out and a new back cut to fit the inside size of the unit. Sometimes if the layout allows, it may be a better option to move the base units slightly to enable everything to line up. At times like this it is down to what the customer wants and the various options can be explained as well as any additional costs which may have a bearing on the final outcome.
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