Custom furniture in Boston?
February 12, 2010 7:59 AM Subscribe
Due to an oddly arranged living room and an unfortunately placed cold air return duct, I have some very specific requirements in a corner media cabinet and I think I need to have one custom built. I’m in the Boston / Metrowest area.
posted by bondcliff to Home & Garden (8 answers total)
I apologize, but this post is way longer than any post about furniture should ever be.
I have a large, (roughly one square foot) cold-air return duct right where my TV cabinet needs to be. This requires that there be enough space under the cabinet so the airflow isn’t compromised. Poor planning on my part. I was told by an HVAC guy that there should be at least one foot of clearance between the bottom of the furniture and the floor. Is this really true? Wouldn’t just having 144 sq. inches of open space be enough? So a cabinet with a 4x36” opening in the base would be ok? Or would this still prevent proper air flow in the room? This is not the only return duct, there is another on the other side of the room.
I also need the TV (42 inch plasma) to be pretty high up, maybe four feet or so, so I can see it over the back of a chair.
In shopping around, most media cabinets have a solid base and are somewhat low to the ground.
Currently I have the TV sitting on a not-made-for-a-TV corner hutch with the components sitting on a table next to it. This is less than optimal. The current cabinet cannot be modified to work with the components.
Wall mounting is not an option and wouldn’t solve the problem with the components. Neither is re-locating the TV.
Moving the duct? This would be a pain and I would need to patch the hardwood floor where the current duct is, one corner of which would stick out from under the cabinet. I’d need to put another curve or two in the duct, possibly screwing with the airflow. I also don’t think my wife likes this option for some reason.
Build a pedestal to put a stock cabinet on? This would look pretty crappy.
Get a custom cabinet built. I think this might be my only/best option. Where can I get this done? Who can build me a cabinet to my specs?
Big enough for a 42 inch flat screen TV
Enough clearance over the duct
High enough up to see over the chair from the couch
Room for components (Tivo, receiver, Apple TV, DVD player, Wii, Squeezebox)
Doesn’t look like shit
Our tastes run towards the less-modern stuff with natural wood. Think Circle Furniture, not Ikea.
I’m in the Boston / Metrowest area.