– low grain visibility, wide grain pattern, can range from pink to white to yellow. If you’re painting cabinet or preferably using a dark solid color stain with a catalyzed finish, you’re not going to see the wood grain much so save the money and use a Maple. Our best seller.Cherry
– high wood grain visibility, moderate to wide grain pattern, base wood can be white to pink. Very popular.Oak
– very high wood grain, moderate to narrow grain patternMahogany
– hard, narrow wood grain pattern, fairly consistent base wood color. If you like a rustic look with some distressing, mahogany is our favorite.Walnut
– very hard, moderate to wide grain pattern.
Ultimately, you should look at stained wood samples that are “true” hardwood, then you should not have a hard time figuring out which one is best for you. Keep in mind that daylight looks different than artificial light. Hold samples against the wall looking straight at it, not looking down at it, when determining what looks best. Additionally, hold samples against carpeting and flooring choices to make sure it looks right. Do not pick color independently from color swatches/chip and then pick the wood separately. You should make your decisions from specific wood samples stained to the color you want as every wood takes colors differently. If you do a custom color match, pay a small fee to be credited back toward your job, to have a sample made up you can approve (we charge $100 which is applied to the cabinet purchase.
Finally, on durability we recommend soft close doors and drawers. Slamming is one of the things that shortens the life the life of the hinges and screw holes and besides it just looks cool. Soft close hinges by their very nature are a little heavier duty.
The key to ensuring a cabinet does not over heat, is designing a cabinet to be self cooling or what we call convection cooling. This is not achieved with fans, in fact, a properly designed cabinet can have lots of heat producing equipment and still effectively cool itself without fans.
As you most likely know, hot air rises. It rises until it hits a surface that stops it, then it spreads across that surface. In a cabinet with AV equipment, the equipment is like the big torch on the hot air balloon. It causes the air to rise inside the cabinet enclosure. As most cabinets do not have built in ventilation, the hot air is trapped in the cabinet and the heat can build up very quickly causing the equipment to shut down due to over heating.
The key is airflow. Now imagine that was an air exit point at the top of the cabinet. You could put your hand over it and feel heat, but that still won’t cool the cabinet because for hot air to escape cool air needs to enter. By having a vent at the bottom of the cabinet and a vent at the top, the electronics heat up the air, the hot air rises and pulls in cool air at the bottom allowing the hot air to exit. The hotter the equipment the faster the flow and you create a self cooling or convection cooling cabinet. The key is to properly design this venting system into your cabinet in a way that no one can tell it is vented. That’s what we do and it is ingenious. Even when looking at our cabinet, people can rarely figure out how it works. We’re that good! Schedule a cabinet consultation and we will explain in further detail.
Effective design to create a beautiful cabinet for your home along with the functional design elements to enhance it effectiveness as an entertainment system. Given our Audio/Visual expertise we work with you to ensure that the appropriate functional design elements are incorporated as well. Functional design elements include:
Proper mounting for the TV in cabinet. Correct height, angle, adjustable options and proper space around the TV for effective ventilation.
Drawers designed for effective access and storage of CD’s and DVD’s as appropriate.
Sufficient space, depth and height, for the AV equipment, receiver, cable box, Blu Ray player, etc. There needs to be enough space for all of the wiring, that the equipment is easily serviceable and there needs to be effective ventilation around the equipment.
Design of lighting for the cabinet, use of glass shelves with wood trim in the display area are all important points of discussion and design.
Built in design for future flex space as might be required in the cabinet.