Planning something. This is a very early concept draft of a future custom setup.
There is room for two of my CRTs - one will be TATE - as well as all of my consoles and a row of books at the top. The shelf on the far right in the middle that is suspended in mid-air will be home to a vinyl record collection and the horizontal block to the left of the right speaker represents a record player. We will be adding more blocks to represent placement of all my consoles, switches, and other hardware.
I am not happy with the draft quite yet, but I see some serious potential after we play with the spacing.
Even after completing the design, the shelves are totally modular, so as long as I adhere to the spacing of the 5 vertical bars in the back I’m never locked too permanently into anything. Even the HDTV will be mounted into a surface that is removable from the vertical bars.
My game library is going to be on another wall mounted shelf in the same room in the same style (that design is finalized and the shelves are already on their way). Here’s what the shelves look like in simpler setups:
Bonus CRT picture:
So I think they’ll possibly be able to do my setup justice. My thought is to stop hiding my hardware behind cabinet doors, and stop using so much wood for furniture in my apartment (gotta break it up a bit). I want my consoles to be part of the decor, but in a classy, non “game room” way (since I live in a 1 bedroom). Also, I’m done moving CRTs. I want them ready to play on center stage at all times near my HDTV.
The white shelves and openness will hopefully give it an airy, colorful, modern feeling like in the photos above.
The best part? There’s thick aluminum covers that run along each of the bars in the back that are not visible… so you will see zero cables as they will run through these covers. That built-in cable management is a huge draw for me.
It’s a tremendous project. But, ff you compare my pictures in the OP to what I’m going for here, I think you’ll agree it’s a major upgrade in the style department.
If anyone has any thoughts (good or bad) about the project, I could use some feedback. Definitely, the first order of business will be to try and elevate the CRTs a bit more, and maybe divide them out a bit so that they “balance” things from an aesthetic perspective a bit more.