Ginny’s Multi-Purpose Media Center

A few months ago, I introduced you to my craft room and gift wrapping center – all custom built in the family room closet. What you didn’t see was the other side of the room. That’s where our media center is.

We designed the media center with storage in mind. It was important for us to have closed storage options since our family room also acts as a guest room. With this design, we can keep the room tidy for ourselves and for our guests. We have closed cabinets with toy bins so our kids can easily grab toys and games, play to their hearts’ delight, and then put everything back.

The system also includes storage for extra bedding and linens for our guests, and a hanging cabinet for their clothing.  Another bonus:  We can “hide” unsightly media wires and equipment in the background. It’s amazing how much we can organize and store in our media center, and it all looks neat and beautiful.

It’s a multi-purpose space – one to relax and read in, watch TV, play video games, and display special family memorabilia. We designed it with a chocolate peartree finish and traditional raised panel drawers and doors with brass hardware. It’s a darker, more elegant look than the craft center on the other side of the room, but the traditional design matches.

Some of my favorite features include:

  • Speaker screens: Our TV speakers are hidden behind doors on the left and the right of the TV, with speaker fabric inserts to allow the sound to come through. (We also have tempered glass panels for the audio equipment cabinet.)
  • Toy storage: We’ve got tons of cabinets to store bins of toys – including classics like Tinker Toys.
  • Display: I love seeing our favorite books and family pictures displayed. We have a special area devoted to memorabilia from my grandfather, including a photo of him and his brother from the 1930s.

Take a look and let me know what you think! What kind of media center do you dream of having?

Ginny Snook Scott California Closets media center

Me and my California Closets media center!

Ginny Snook Scott California Closets family pictures in media center

This section is filled with favorite books and family pictures.


Ginny Snook Scott California Closets family pictures display

My grandfather and his brother. Don't they look like the "Little Rascals"? So cute!



California Closets toy storage

The media center provides lots of storage options for favorite toys.


California Closets media center toy storage

We keep toys and games stacked neatly or stored in bins.

California Closets media center speakers

One of my favorite features - the speaker doors.

Ginny Snook Scott California Closets media center in family room

The big picture: guest storage on the left, TV and speakers in the center, toys, books and family pics on the right. That wooden box on the left is actually a toy set that can be wheeled out and then put away again.

Coming soon: Check out more pictures on the California Closets Facebook page!


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