Multimedia storage made easy
With all your favorite movies packaged in bulky DVD and Blu-ray containers, media storage can be a problem. No one likes to see their recreation room cluttered up with stacks of discs everywhere. Luckily, storage and media don't have to be at odds with each other. There are plenty of storage solutions that are both stylish and functional while matching the décor in your home's entertainment room.
Media Storage Furniture and Racks
If you're looking for an easy way to contain your multimedia collection, a simple shelf or rack will do in a pinch. Media storage racks are priced from $10 and up, and can hold as few as 20 DVDs or Blu-ray Discs, or up to 200 if you've got a big collection. These racks are also functional for office storage as well as multimedia storage in your bedroom or living room.
However, if you're looking for something a little more stylish, take advantage of the many options for media storage furniture. Nearly every big-box store carries cabinet-like storage furnishings. You can choose a taller wooden cabinet with glass doors to sit in a corner of your multimedia room, or a cupboard that you can hang on the wall to maximize floor space in a smaller room.
Storage cabinets don't have to hold just discs – you can put CDs and books in them as well, or add cabinets to your entertainment units to create media storage centers.
Digital Storage Media – Protecting Your Data
In the digital age, everyone wants to store their data for safekeeping. There are several ways for the home user to do this.
Most computers and laptops these days come with DVD and CD burners that allow you to transfer pictures, music, videos and documents onto blank DVDs or CDs. This is perhaps the best data storage option for people who want to ensure that their files are backed up in case of emergency. Discs are also easily cleaned, though they are also easily scratched; care should be used in handling media discs to prevent data loss.
The Blu-ray format has burst onto the digital media storage scene. Not only do Blu-ray discs hold up to twice as much data as DVDs, they also have much crisper, clearer high-definition playback.
Use a media storage unit or a fireproof box to store your digital photo album discs. This will allow you to protect your files and memories easily if you have to leave your home in a rush during a fire or emergency. It's also a good idea to keep discs in a safety deposit box outside your home, if you're really worried about a fire or a flood destroying them.
Media storage doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. With many affordable, stylish options available for display and storage of your DVDs, Blu-ray discs and CDs, there's no excuse not to clean up the piles of boxes and cases around your players and make your rec room a more serene, relaxing place to be.