Interrelationship between Interiors and Media Shelf Towers
It is vital not to think of a media shelf tower in isolation. It has to integrate naturally with the other elements of your interior. How do you ensure this before making the purchase? In your mind, try and place the media tower at various places in the room for which you are buying it. If it fits like family with the rest of the elements, you are spot-on.
This consideration also applies to the design and aesthetics aspects. Your new media tower better not be a post-modern angular high-rise in cerulean blue if your sofa is natural finish antic teak with deep cushions. The key point is, achieve overall harmony as if you bought the media tower along with the other furniture and not separately.
Functionality of Media Shelf Towers
Look for the tower that firstly fulfills the core function of adequate and safe storage of media.
As standing pieces, media shelf towers should not be too wide, or they will sag from the middle. Ideal width is 18” to 30”.
Its depth should be just adequate to fully cover media. 8” deep shelf will conveniently accommodate your CDs, DVDs, and video cassettes.
For spacing between shelves, the standard is 10”. If you want to store other media such as records or even books, you can always stack them vertically.
Drawers protect optical discs from dust and other atmospheric pollutants. They also shield media from temperature and humidity exposure.
You can store audio and video plug-ins such as headphones, ear-pods, pen drives, external hard disks, and other entertainment accessories in drawers.
If you have private collections, they are safe in lockable drawers from prying eyes.
Design and Ergonomics
Media shelf towers have evolved as tasteful pieces of furniture over time, and design has played an important role in this evolution. Today, the market is flushed with numerous design choices. To each, their own. That said, you can consider these popular designs for their proven appeal.
In terms of ergonomics, short-list the media shelf tower right away if:
You are comfortable standing in front of it. Trust your instinct if you feel that you both are made for each other.
You shake the tower and it stands firm on its legs. This will give you confidence that the tower will serve you with “unshakable” stability.
The tower height is proportionate to yours and you don’t have to stand on your toes or stretch your arms to reach the highest shelf. The right tower for you will not make you perform such “stretch exercises.”
The lower shelves are conveniently accessible in standing or bending positions. You should not have to sit to access them.
The tower’s drawers are at your abdomen level. This is the best position to operate them.