So now we have moved our DVD and electronics to the newly-named “DVD nook”
we had to move the DVD case we had originally (but temporarily) hung in this location.Â Check out this old photo from before we had painted the walls and removed the brown trim…
The question was – where do we move it to?Â We spend 95% of the time watching TV in the living room (the smaller TV has been moved to the game room – more on that later).Â Plus, seeing as we play DVD’s through the PS3 (rather than a dedicated DVD player) and the PS3 lives in the DVD nook with the other electronics, we needed to keep the DVD storage somewhere close.Â Somewhere in the living room.Â Makes sense – it’s not neuroscience, you say. Yes, but there was no obvious place to hang this rather large DVD case (what can I say, we have a lot of DVD’s).Â One of the great things about open plan living rooms is all the space.Â One of the drawbacks about open plan living rooms … is all the space.Â As in, very few walls to hang stuff.
You can see the floorplan of our first floor below.Â The stairs divides the two open-plan living rooms.Â The living room on the right is where we spend our time watching TV. The sofa goes along the entryway wall, the adjacent wall has windows, the fireplace is at an angle leading to the doorway to the dining room.Â Hmmm.
Then it came to me.Â Let’s use some of the unused storage space … under the stairs.Â Lemme explain…
We have this nice staircase in the middle of our entry way (that separates the two living rooms downstairs).Â At the top, one staircase goes to the master suite (to the right), the other stairs lead to the other bedrooms/games/laundry. We therefore have a very long walk-in closet under the stairs and I figured we could maximize some of this space for the DVD cases.Â Yep, we have two (although we only originally hung one of them).
After a little measuring and some drywall removal, we are able to recess the media cabinets into the wall…
We didn’t lose too much space in the walk-in closet behind.Â The DVD cabinets are only slightly wider than the width of the wall, so we still have plenty of storage space.
Here’s a pic of both storage cabinets, one either side of the stairs (please ignore the half completed stair railing and stain job we started before Christmas)
So far, these media cabinets are in the perfect location.Â Near enough to be near the TV when we want to watch a movie, but stashed away enough and not taking up any floor or cabinet space.Â All in all, we’re starting to get this place looking the way we want it.Â I think the biggest makeover will come when we remove the last of the old wood floor an install darker hardwoods to match the stairs.Â Lush.Â Can’t wait.