Originally Posted by Wired4Speed2
......... Currently it is to large and just looks un-natural.
Umm, that's coz it is unnatural!
But seriously, you could go with the concept you're already thinking about, disguising it as something else, (like the popcorn machine) - build the gear into a console video game, an old jukebox, an arcade game cabinet, an coke cooler/dispenser, etc.
Or you could maybe build the equipment into an end-table to go at one end of the sofa.
I couldn't quite tell from the photograph, but is there any option to recess the gear into the stub wall between the two rooms (with maybe extra framing & drywall to cover the backside of the equipment) or to consider pushing through any of the other walls? Or along similar lines, maybe build a false front to the room to house the screen (and the new masking system that you know you want
), speakers, discs, and other storage - either make it into a focal point for the whole room, or make everything totally hidden, or some combo of the two. Or make a mirrored pair of 45-degree cabinets to go into the corners, flanking the screen?
If you have a large collection of physical media (an endangered species, I know) maybe you could combine the storage and equipment rack into a more integrated single piece?
I know you didn't ask for it, but on a personal note, apart from the height, I didn't find the equipment rack you show in the photo to be out of place in your room - all the other equipment is on view, clearly making this an AV-oriented space (with the possible exception of the pink table & chairs). This probably suggests that a smaller, three or four shelf unit would also be appropriate - there are lots
of options available! [Remember though, you may only have three boxes now, but this hobby has the sneaky ability to lure you into acquiring more trophies....extra amplifiers, decoders, streaming devices, power conditioners, and on and on...... don't ask me how I know....]