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Forum topic by Flow posted 12-17-2008 07:01 PM 1252 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2008 07:01 PM

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I am planning a built-in entertainment unit for my in-laws. They have 8 foot ceilings in the room the unit will go in. To give you a sense of space, the room is 12×20 and the unit will go on one of the 12’ walls (the plan is for the unit to be 6-1/2 feet wide). My question for everyone is what will look better: A 8 foot unit that goes from floor to ceiling or a 7 foot tall unit that leaves a foot of space between the top of the unit and the ceiling? Thanks in advance.


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#1 posted 12-17-2008 07:06 PM

Personally, I’d stop it at 7 feet. Floor-to-ceiling entertainment units tend to be much wider than the 6 1/2’ wide size you are planning to build.

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#2 posted 12-17-2008 10:31 PM

yea, I am with Greg….You may even want to find a site that helps with golden mean proportions. That way you will come up with a unit that is pleasing to the eye both figuratively and structurally.

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#3 posted 12-18-2008 12:17 AM

i think it would depend a lot on the style that your building . my first question would be , do you want it to look like part of the house or a piece of furniture ? theres a couple different ones on my project page you could look at

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#4 posted 12-18-2008 12:30 AM

There’s a lot of personal preference here, but I’m going to the ceiling with everything and then putting up a small molding to make sure there’s no spaces, the last thing I want is 1’ high gaps that need to be dusted.

(However, something to think of when designing things that go clear to the ceiling is the diagonal when you try to stand them up, my last big cabinet stood on a separate baseboard assembly, was less than 11” deep, and it had about 1” of clearance on the diagonal when we stood it up. If we’d attached the baseboard assembly before standing it up, it wouldn’t have fit. And, yes, I measured that all out before I built it, but…)

mrtrim makes a good call, I prefer things like this to be part of the house, not separate furniture.

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#5 posted 12-18-2008 01:09 AM

great point on the diag. measurement dan , i do most all mine with the bottom and top seperate so i dont run into that problem .

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#6 posted 12-18-2008 07:02 PM

Thanks for your help everybody. Based on your input I think we have it figured out.


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#7 posted 12-18-2008 07:31 PM

I always made my built-ins in two section. Fasten your base top to the upper section which makes for an easier nicer looking installation. Just screw the upper section to mounting boards in the base section. If you go to the ceiling you should make unit shorter and put trim on after insullation. There is a picture of one of the built-ins I did this way in my projects.

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#8 posted 12-18-2008 10:46 PM

Hey Aaron
I’ve built a number of entertainment centers and have had my students build a few. Some things that my students seemed to not think about are some basic things easily forgotten or over looked like … how do I get it from were I build it to were it’s going, will it go through the door and make turns through halls or stairways, when I stand it up will it hit the ceiling(remember the case from the back corner to the front corner is the length you have to check to stand a case up it’s longer then the overall height) , also things like double checking the type and number and dimensions of components and room for replacement components if they are replaced in the future, also air flow(electronics’s give off heat) and how you will run the wiring from one component to another. Usually the answer to some of these questions are to build it in several sections in stead of one large unit. As to separate furniture look versus built in , you have to know if your in laws will ever want to move the unit in their home or to another home if they should ever intend to relocate to another home. Forgive me if these things are to basic but many seasoned woodworkers have forgot one or more of these items don’t ask me how I know. have fun and be careful out there.


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