What: The built-ins here did not need to store anything out in the open except for the TV and the subwoofers. But they did need to hold an extensive DVD collection and miscellaneous storage. A little extra seating in the room was desirable as well.
How: You're just not going to believe how much hidden storage there is in the built-ins around this fireplace. Of course, you can see the fitted alcove for the TV above the fireplace. You can also see that the subwoofers have their own spots near the floor on both sides. You may be thinking that the cabinets on either side are probably just shallow shelves for the DVDs, right?