Woodcraft Furniture Explains the Best Woods for Entertainment Centers

Nothing says sturdy like real wood construction in an entertainment center, and the craftspeople at Woodcraft Furniture understand that. Your entertainment center must keep your electronics safe and secure, including the big screen TV, gaming consoles, and surround sound system. Woodcraft Furniture discusses the best types of wood for entertainment centers in today’s blog.


Birch is a hardwood used in many types of real wood furniture. Its straight grain also looks great as a top choice for hardwood flooring and kitchen cabinets. Woodcraft Furniture uses North American birch for sturdy entertainment centers that hold a lot of items or need extra durability. Birch’s natural grain takes well to many types of finishes.  

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Ash is a dense hardwood that works well for many types of real wood furniture, including entertainment centers. Furniture makers use ash for architectural millwork, tool handles, canoe paddles, doors, and cabinets. Woodcraft Furniture might consider ash for an entertainment center when you want an open grain with large swirls and circles. We also use ash for large units.


Hickory is, perhaps, the most common hardwood for real wood furniture. Hickory’s popularity comes from its density, sturdiness, and beauty. Hickory works well as hardwood flooring, and it’s an excellent wood for large entertainment centers. Design a floor-to-ceiling entertainment center to go against an entire wall from the craftspeople at Woodcraft Furniture.

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Poplar is lighter and less sturdy compared to birch, so much so that many people may think it’s a softwood instead of a hardwood. Poplar has a straight, uniform grain that creates a cohesive pattern when you put boards together correctly. Woodcraft Furniture may choose a poplar entertainment center for a smaller model when the natural grain isn’t as much of an aesthetic choice. 


Cherry is a gorgeous type of semi-hardwood used by the craftspeople at Woodcraft Furniture. Cherry has a fantastic grain that stands out. Stains take well to cherry, whether you want a dark, red, or light stain. This type of wood is excellent for any entertainment center, and it should last for decades to come.  

Real Wood Entertainment Centers From Woodcraft Furniture

Woodcraft Furniture works with several types of native hardwoods, grown right here in North America, for our real wood furniture. Come by one of our showrooms to see what we can do. Or contact Woodcraft Furniture to start the design process today.

How to Choose the Perfect Entertainment Center

An entertainment center combines function and style. It also serves as the centerpiece of your den or home theater. The key to this type of furniture is how well it stores your essential items and equipment. Woodcraft Furniture explains how to choose the perfect entertainment center for your home.

TV Size

The size of your television is probably the most important factor going into your choice of an entertainment center. If you already have a TV, you need a piece of furniture that fits the current model. If you haven’t bought a TV yet, make sure it fits into your current home theater furniture. Make sure to leave room for expansion. If you have a 32-inch TV, ponder what you may purchase in the way of home electronics in five or 10 years. You might get a 60-inch model down the road. You can always put speakers or decorative items in any empty spaces next to a smaller TV.   


An entertainment center needs to hold a lot of weight from your TV, gaming consoles, DVDs, and maybe even some books. You also want your investment to last for decades. Look for durable wood construction that withstands the test of time, whether you stay in your current home for 50 years or move to a new place in a couple of years.

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Cable Management

Cable management is another consideration for an entertainment center. You need to be able to tell the difference between power cords, Ethernet cords, stereo cables, and HDMI cables. Cords should also have their own space behind the piece. Design a model with holes in the back for easier cable management in every slot with a back. Think of open spaces on the top for stereo equipment or consoles to obviate the need for holes drilled in the back.         

Plenty of Room

Leave plenty of room for future needs in your entertainment center. You may only have a small TV and one gaming console now. However, you might expand to a stereo system with surround-sound speakers, multiple gaming equipment, and a mega-super-large TV you receive as a holiday gift. Also, getting a larger item fills out the space in your room and allows for decorative items such as photo frames and artwork. Create a piece with plenty of cubby holes to store media, books, remotes, and smaller items.     


The color of your entertainment center may complement or contrast the overall decorating scheme of the room. The right stain color brings out the natural beauty of the wood, or distressing can complement your vintage-style decor. Woodcraft Furniture works with more than 100 finishes for all kinds of hardwood. Pick one that suits your lifestyle and aesthetic.

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Your Entertainment Center Awaits at Woodcraft Furniture

Woodcraft Furniture helps you design the perfect entertainment center. Our hardwood construction lasts a lifetime. Come and see what we’re talking about at one of our locations, or contact us to request a bid on a durable piece of home furniture.

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