Audio component cabinet furniture can range in size, but the average cabinet is approximately 25-30 inches tall and 20 inches deep. This will give you more than enough room to store a record player and other music objects like a stereo. However, a cabinet should also fit in with your current space. You may prefer a tall cabinet if you have a lot of media and audio components, but a tall cabinet will look out of place in a small room or one with low ceilings. If you live in a studio or have an otherwise narrow room, Andre Mellone recommends opting for a cabinet that is shorter but wider. Conversely, extra slim cabinet furniture is a better option if you have limited floor space but high ceilings.
The style of practical items like audio component cabinet furniture is often overlooked, but an audio cabinet should fit in with your existing décor. The mid-century modern style is a popular choice for cabinet furniture, as it blends it with both an antique and more modern vibe. Additionally, if you want to create a cozy atmosphere in your living room, a farmhouse/cottage-style cabinet with sliding barn doors is both charming and practical. As for colors, light wood, white, or a greige mix are the most versatile choices. These three colors will match everything from bright red walls to a Scandi-style warm neutral décor scheme. If you prefer dark furniture, be aware that it can give a room a more closed-in appearance, especially if a room doesn't get much natural light.
Material and Longevity:
Manufactured wood, or MDF, is the go-to for audio component cabinet furniture. Corey Damen Jenkins states that manufactured wood is a good choice if you want to save some money, but it won't last as long as solid wood. Solid wood furniture is very durable, so it's a great choice if you want to keep your audio cabinet for a long time and plan to use it often. Nevertheless, the main plus point of manufactured wood is that it can be repainted more easily than solid wood, as particleboard generally has a smoother surface. An ideal way to combine a lower budget but get a higher quality product is to look for a cabinet made of a solid and manufactured wood mix. Glass shelves will also turn a cabinet from basic to chic and sophisticated.
All cabinets vary in size, but some utilize space better for storage than others. The amount of storage you'll need will depend on how many audio components you wish to store in a cabinet. Elliott Barnes recommends looking for a cabinet with at least two shelves so you can fit any audio equipment inside without it being squished together. Alternatively, if you want a taller cabinet, keep in mind that the storage space included is often narrower due to space limitations. Because of this, only slim consoles and other audio equipment will fit into a taller cabinet. Cabinet furniture that has extras such as side slots and nooks is also useful for storing CDs or vinyl records.