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#1 posted 02-08-2013 02:20 PM


Corner Entertainment Centers were my niche in the market for a number of years (before flat screens). I actually started a separate division to my company called; “The Corner Shop”. The reason; everybody wanted to put their big bulky TV’s in the corner and there were very few mass-produced corner entertainment centers on the market at the time. One size does not fit all.

Each unit had to be custom designed taking into consideration the wall space available in the corner (how many inches did we have from the corner down each wall before a window, door, register etc. that would restrict the size of the unit). Also the size of the TV, making sure to allow enough opening on the front for a TV and in a lot of our designs, allowing for pocket doors to be able to retract into the cabinet beside the TV.

I would suggest you start with your footprint layout first. I always cut the back corner off (made it flat across the back) for a couple reasons. You really don’t need all that depth and making sure we could get one of our units in a customers home.

I always did the casework in plywood with solid wood face frames, doors, etc. Some of our units we would do the interiors in black melamine so the TV would blend in with the interior more and actually made better viewing when the TV was on.

I’ll try to go back and find some of my drawings for the entertainment centers and let you see how we went about making the case and face frames. I never made a shaker style, but that would be real easy to do.

Advantages and disadvantages of a corner unit:

Advantages of a corner entertainment center; the unit will look more custom for the corner and will not stick out into the room as far as if you take a box type cabinet and set it in the corner on an angle. A box type entertainment center in a corner looks exactly like that ( A box in the corner).

Disadvantages; your corner entertainment center will always be used in a corner, whereas you can take a square cabinet and use that on a flat wall later if so desired. More challenges in designing a corner entertainment center over building a box, but to me the end results are worth it.

-- John @

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