Families with young children are constantly in a battle between finding home decor and furniture that fits their personal style but that also fits within their lifestyle of having little ones at home. Modern media cabinets that are safe and childproof yet still stylish and functional are something that many parents strive towards when decorating their homes. We want something that reflects our personal style but that will also be safe for our kids and hold the diaper caddy, the extra DVD’s, and maybe a few rogue toys.
BDI offers home furniture that is unique, stylish, yet surprisingly functional. Each cabinet, desk, or storage piece is engineered to be user-friendly. They have easily adjustable shelves, hidden wheels for easy movement, cord-management systems that actually make sense, and every parent’s dream: fingerprint-proof glass. Their modern media cabinets will create the perfect aesthetic to your living room as well as give you a functional space for the whole family to enjoy.
15 of the Coolest and Childproof Modern Media Cabinets for Your Family Room
The media-friendly doors mean that you can keep your sound system and DVD players safe from little hands (and rogue peanut butter and jelly sandwiches). Along with adjustable shelves, hidden wheels, and a friendly cord management system, this medium and large-sized media cabinet is great for a casual family room space.
The Braden media cabinet allows you to adjust the shelves so that you can configure your media appliances any way you’d like. You can fit a soundbar, subwoofer, and DVD player by simply adjusting the shelves making it a functional space for your family.
The Cavo media cabinet is a slim-designed media cabinet with both open and enclosed storage. It comes in a medium or large size depending on your family’s needs and space, and comes in natural walnut, graphite, and espresso stained oak.
This compact media stand can either be used for your television or for storage (or both!). The large cabinets open up to hold a soundbar and other media devices, as well as space for stored items. The stand is also great as a side table in any room of your home.
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This low-standing media console is designed to be fluid and functional. The tempered glass top is modern while the wood cabinetry is eloquent and classic. It has enough space in the cabinets for media devices like soundbars as well as additional storage on the side. It comes in several different sizes, including a corner design, a larger size, and higher standing options with the SV model.
The Elements storage and media consoles from BDI come in three unique woodcuts and a variety of finishes that are sure to fit your personal style as well as provide the functionality that you and your family need. They all have hidden wheels, easily adjustable shelves, and user-friendly cord management systems, too.
7Flo Media Console
This flawless-looking media console not only looks amazing in a modern or classicly styled home, but it is also functional. Like with all of BDI’s designs it has hidden wheels, easily adjustable shelves, and user-friendly cord management systems. But it also has easy-access back sliding panels to reach the cords and devices from the back as well as stainless steel perforated doors that allow remote signals to go in and sound from soundbars or subwoofers to come out. Who says parents can’t have nice things?
The Margo media cabinet is great for a lighter television and for families that would love a pop of color in their family room aesthetic. It has a sliding cabinet door and two roomy drawers for storage, adjustable shelves, and levelers, and BDI’s easy cord management system. It comes in a variety of colors such as Marine, Cayenne, or Fog Grey with a walnut or driftwood finish.
9Marina Media Cabinet
The Marina is a sleek, high-gloss media cabinet that is perfect for a modern space. The adjustable shelving makes it easy to place any media devices that you may have, and the storage cabinets allow you to store toys, diapers, or extra DVDs for the kids. It is a great high-end look that will help your space look more adult-friendly instead of looking like a smaller version of Toys R Us.
This classy looking media cabinet is designed to flow seamlessly with your interior design so that all you see is your television instead of the number of media devices attached to it. Its shiny black design is met with grey-hued doors that give the media cabinet almost an ombre look. The doors are also remote-friendly so you can still access your media devices without needing to keep the doors open.
The Octave Media Console is a stylish cabinet that offers perforated steel doors that allow your remote’s signals to go in and sound to come out evenly, so you don’t have to keep the doors open or see any unsightly media devices. It has hidden wheels and an easy access panel in the back and its classic yet modern design fits in any household.
This curvy media cabinet is cool and sexy, but also functional. The adjustable shelves make it easy to fit any of your media devices, and the extra storage cabinets give you plenty of space to hide anything and help create a clean space for your family room. It comes in both chocolate stained walnut and smooth white finishes for either a classic or a more modern look.
The Olis media cabinet is a slightly rounded piece that is different and unique compared to traditional media cabinets. The slated front gives you access to your media devices without needing the doors to be opened and has a spot for a large soundbar.
Uniquely designed, the Sector media console gives sleek, clean lines to your family room’s media cabinet. The cabinet door folds down to expose the storage space, which offers plenty of room for media devices and other items you would like to store. Its design is functional and modern while offering classic clean lines that pair well with any home decor.
The Tanami media console is the perfect combination of functionality and style. It can be used as a media cabinet or a storage credenza in your home. It offers three separate cabinets with adjustable shelving, and the solid doors have a unique and modern design that give a clean and polished look to your home
The Importance of Childproofing Your Family Room
Families tend to spend quite a bit of time in the common areas of their homes, especially the kitchen and the family room. Parents are told about the dangers of the kitchen before their child is even born, and many of us already know the things we need to lock up in order to keep our children safe such as any cleaning supplies, the oven and the stove, and drawers and cabinets.
But areas like the family room are seemingly safe, right? Wrong. There are some hidden dangers in common areas like the family room that many parents might bypass when starting the process of childproofing their home.
One of the most common dangers in a family room, or any room that has a television, is the danger of a television tipping or falling on a child. Many parents do not recognize that a television falling over on a child poses a real threat, but according to a report by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2015, over 15,400 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to televisions tipping over. Between 2000 and 2013, 279 of those injuries were fatal.
Televisions tipping over is not a new issue, but it has become relatively more common as modern technology has made televisions slimmer and lighter with a less sturdy base. This allows the television to more easily tip over with less force compared to the large box televisions of times past.
Why Televisions Tipping Over Pose a Threat to Children
Infants who are learning to walk often use furniture to help them stand and cruise along furniture. If a television is not secured to the base of a media cabinet or to the wall then the television can easily tip over onto the child with any sudden jolt of movement.
Even toddlers and older children must be careful around televisions. When playing near a television, any sudden movement like a big jump, climbing around the television media cabinet, a rogue ball, or even a natural phenomenon like an earthquake can cause an unsecured television to fall over onto a child causing serious injury or death. In fact, the CPSC report from 2015 noted that most injuries related to a television tipping over were with children between the ages of 2 and 3. The sheer weight, velocity, and force of the television falling over can cause major injury or death to a child.
How to Create a Safe Family Room Space with a Modern Media Cabinet
One of the best ways to keep your child safe in your family room is by childproofing the area in its entirety. In terms of your television and your media cabinet, this means securing your television to either a proper media cabinet or hanging it on the wall with a television mount. All of the modern media cabinets by BDI come with safety straps to help secure your television to the media cabinet to prevent tipping and accidents related to televisions tipping over.
The safety straps provided by BDI are easy to use: you simply tether the safety straps to your television using the provided screw holes by the television manufacturer. Then tether the other side of the strap to the modern media cabinet’s tether placement. Then tighten the strap until it is taut and secure, and your television doesn’t move.
Using a proper media cabinet is also important. Using things like a dresser with drawers that can open and shut (or even be climbed on like steps) or a piece of furniture that is unsteady like a table or trunk can cause the television to tip over more easily. You also want to be sure the media cabinet is wider than your television so as to provide more stability and even weight dispersion.
Some other things to keep in mind when childproofing your home are:
- Use a television wall mount– a proper wall mount keeps your television off any type of stand and almost eliminates any possibility of the television falling and injuring your child.
- Secure media cabinets to the wall, too– Any time you have small children around you should be securing all furniture to the wall. Securing your media cabinet to the wall adds a secondary level of protection and stability.
- Cover outlets– Always be sure to cover any outlets exposed in your family room and around your house.
- Cover corners– Use corner pads to cover sharp corners of media cabinets and tables.
- Remind family and caregivers about the importance of strapping down televisions– If your child spends time with family, friends, or caregivers, ask them to secure their televisions as well.
Trying to find modern media cabinets that blend with our personal style that are also safe and functional is something that every young family deals with when decorating their home. The modern media cabinets by BDI are not only stylish and gorgeous but they also offer functional features like adjustable shelves and television safety straps to ensure that your family is protected and that your home looks just like you want it to.
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