Daniel Vice of Bethesda, Md., Leigh Nichols of Lexington, S.C. and Carole Grover of Baton Rouge, La. are the winners in our recent Wii giveaway contest. The contest was part of our National Home Entertainment-Gaming Furniture Sale that ended earlier this month.
In an effort to design gaming furniture just for you, we asked each participant in the contest to email us about the kinds of styles, materials, storage, finishes and functions you are looking for in gaming furniture.
Daniel’s suggestion was to offer gaming consoles in certified sustainable woods. “We have young kids, and they have been learning about the importance of protecting the environment. We look for furniture made with sustainable woods with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) seal that have been harvested in a way that protects the forests and the animals that live there.”
The most frequent suggestions for gaming console designs were:
• Furniture that blends seamlessly in with the rest of the décor of the living room, family room or den
• Furniture to help manage wires. In the words of one contest entrant, “My biggest issue is with all of the cords! It drives me crazy. Especially when it’s time to dust near them. I would love some way of hiding them such as a hidden panel to tuck them away.”
• Media and game storage. One participant suggested consoles with vertical openings for gaming systems like Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, and another suggested a locking storage system to hold multiple games and keep them out of access of very young children.
Wii winner Carole Grover said she is looking for simple, clean designs with storage for both media items like games and remotes and non-media items like magazines. Noting that she and her husband have grandchildren who are gamers, she added, “Our children and grandchildren will really enjoy playing with the Wii now when they come visit.”
Gaming seems to have crossed the generational divide. One contest entrant, Diane Smith, said, “I love your TV consoles. I work for Atria Senior Living Group as an interior designer and have started using your consoles for our senior living needs. Some of our properties are using Wii and other games.”
Not only has gaming crossed the generational divide; gaming and the demand for gaming furniture appeals to both genders. Contest entrant Janine put it this way, “I’d love to see some gaming furniture with feminine details. There’s a lot of female gamers out there!”