Built-In Media Niches

April 18th, 2017 · 2 Comments

It was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s to create massive built-in entertainment centers or media niches. Back in the day when TVs were narrower and also when big TVs were very deep. But nowadays, most of these media niches are functionally obsolete. Today’s TVs are wider and shallow.


This TV actually fits in the niche. But the surrounding niches only encourage home owners to become collectors. Future hoarders?


Sometimes they are used only to display items.


They can also be demoted to secondary status. The knotted curtain gets full priority in this room.


Or completely ignored. They’re also great dust collectors.


Tags: Clutter · Collections · Entertainment/Media Niche · Glendale, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Phoenix Homes · Staging · Window Coverings

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  • 1 Ron Williams // Apr 18, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    The scariest thing about all of these homes is that it looks as if ALL of them were altered with built in niches. The home in the first picture shows the niche almost right at the front door. Yeah, that can’t be original. The second photo almost looks as if the home was built in the 1990’s, except for the fact that it looks like there is a hallway with a hot water heater vent just to the left of the niche. I could be wrong, but it looks like a older home. The last three pictures are clearly older homes. The grey interior home looks nice enough, but the front door opens DIRECTLY onto the niche. The fourth photo shows what is clearly a BRICK WALL. No one builds homes in Phoenix with brick anymore. And the last photo has multiple issues. What was once a window now has some sort of evaporative cooler stuck in the space. You can also tell that the fan/lighting unit was never intended for the original space due to the way that it hangs from the ceiling. The niche does seem to have lights built into the top, so I guess that’s a plus, but as you mentioned in the opening piece, all of these niches need to be removed, and that costs money!

  • 2 Tyson // Apr 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I just want to play whatever car-racing game is shown on the TV in the first picture.

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