Credenza (Entertainment Unit)

Credenza (Entertainment Unit)

The credenza became popular during the post war building boom. It became a modern version of the sideboard when it was used primarily for serving food. Over the years the credenza has evolved being used for a variety of storage purposes for anything that the user can imagine. It is said that credenzas are the one piece of furniture everyone needs. For instance, in open concept homes credenzas can become room dividers between a dining room and living room serving different functions on opposite sides of the cabinet. Other uses include storage for a home office, console for a flat screen TV, desk and an entertainment cabinet etc. A credenza’s interior spaces and size can be can be shaped by the needs and requirements of its user.

This credenza was built for a customer who wanted storage for their TV, stereo and Xbox equipment .The pocket doors on the right hand side hide the TV when it is not in use and slide in to the cabinet so it does not conceal the TV from the viewer. The center drawers contain the Xbox and accessories for games that are played on the TV. Stored behind the doors on the left side are stereo equipment and speakers.

The cabinet itself is larger than most credenzas. It measures 96” long x 42” high x 22” deep. Because of the size of this credenza I used two design elements to make it appear smaller than it actually is. First of all, the curve on the base and on the top front edge of the credenza makes it look less like a big box. Secondly, the use of book matched Angier veneer on the doors and drawer faces make the large cabinet look lighter in contrast to the red oak that had been stained purple to match and an existing piece of furniture. Thus truly a one of a kind piece was created.

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