Do you watch TV? Do you have a computer? We all want that stuff in our bachelor pad. Don’t we?
We don’t plan to start pretending we’re not using them, either.
They are important to us and realistically take center stage in our spaces in spite of the decorating police!
However…With the advent of less bulky computer monitors and TVs we now have decorating options we’ve never had before.
Mom and Dad didn’t have the options we do. They couldn’t have adapted an antique or antique reproduction secretary/desk as a functioning desk with a computer. It would have been impossible to fit a BIG TV into an art deco armoire. Most old armoires are 18 inches deep and the TV would need 2 FEET! WE WANT BIG TVs! For guys, bigger is better! It’s impossible to have a great movie experience without a big screen.
But now things are different. Modern equipment can find homes in smaller furniture, the kind that has been built for hundreds of years.
Start looking for possibilities. Look inside and underneath older furniture to see better quality than new.
A solid hardwood cabinet will be constructed better and hold up better than many newer “entertainment units” and may be cheaper, too. The best stuff for our purposes is older furniture that is well built but not too expensive. You can remove shelves and adapt furniture with perfect freedom. Consider furniture that needs minor repairs or refinishing. Black paint can do wonders.
Old furniture is often less expensive than people would expect. It will frequently go for about 10 cents on the dollar of initial cost. Don’t tell your girlfriend. She’ll argue about it. Women think furniture is way more precious than it is. Just look for good useful shapes that will compliment your interiors or bring them an air of distinction.
Don’t pay for “Fine” antiques or custom cabinets when good reasonably priced furniture is available every day if we look in the right places. Garage sales, junk stores, hotel salvage and used furniture stores are all filled with possibilities. Plan to bargain with the seller. Haggling is desirable. You want the best price. You can even cobble something together from remnants, like one china cabinet base to another breakfront top.
For our purposes we want serviceable stuff for reasonable prices. Save the big money for the electronic equipment. The only limitation is that remotes still need to send a signal. They need a clear sight line to a piece of equipment. The good thing is that many older, elegant pieces have glass doors on them…or you can retrofit some…or you can let the doors stand open.
Wireless technology has come a long way, too. Now you don’t necessarily have to rebuild walls after running speaker wire for surround sound. But we would do whatever we had to do to get the picture and the big theater sound we want.
Do we think surround sound is necessary? You bet! We want that theater experience. A big outrageous home theater has that incredible sound in a space that embraces you in opulence.
Older furniture has the richness and quality that newer stuff just doesn’t quite match. You can really impress other people (maybe even women) with your elegant sophistication and/or creative spirit. It doesn’t have to be expensive and you can find almost any look you want.
Primitive antiques can bring richness and warmth to hard contemporary interiors without compromising the minimalist look and esthetic. Mid century modern can handle a dose of Swedish modern from the same era without a ripple of alarm.
A more sophisticated city look may just mean some black paint or a fine mahogany or cherry furniture centerpiece in a room filled with sophisticated restraint. The tech stuff insures you and your guests are well entertained in your comfortable space. It’s just easier to integrate into our lives now!
Go out and find that special look you want. Your only limits are in your own imagination. Your can impress other people and make yourself look GOOD!
Instead of spending most of your money on furnishings, you can spend it on the latest and best in electronics, a WIN WIN for a great bachelor space!
Source by Georgette Pauls