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Helenej
Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:13:59 AM

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Can you please tell me what do you call that long set of furniture which usually includes a wardrobe, a China cabinet, a bookcase etc.?
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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:25:15 AM

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:42:28 AM

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They look more like what we call Entertainment Centers, as you can see in the picture, there is usually a space for a television, and equipment related to that, then additional storage space.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:45:24 AM

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A bookshelf? This sounds very strange. How can a bookshelf consist of a wardrobe, some cabinets and bookshelves themselves?

The Oxford dictionary says that a bookshelf is "a shelf that you keep books on".
Helenej
Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:49:06 AM

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TazDvl wrote:
They look more like what we call Entertainment Centers, as you can see in the picture, there is usually a space for a television, and equipment related to that, then additional storage space.

But the place for a television is so small as compared to the whole umm... thing.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:58:06 AM

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It's still called bookshelf, or shelves, if you use it to keep your TV and other things on it.

Our native speakers might have another opinion to this.


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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:02:48 AM

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HmmmThink Think

I'd call it a wall - with lots of different pieces of furniture on it.

There's a shelf unit, a cupboard, an entertainment centre (or something like that), china cabinet. There would not be a wardrobe in a living room - that's in a bedroom, or connected to a bedroom.

I can only think "storage and display unit" if you want to consider the whole lot as one thing.

I tried translating the descriptions on some of those pictures in your link.

"Wall" seems to be the most popular - The "Quatro Wall" or "The Edro Wall".
One or two (where appropriate) say "Fireplace with built-in shelving".

If you have the same thing in a bedroom (a whole wall of doors and shelves for storing clothes) then it's a "built-in wardrobe".

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Romany
Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:13:36 AM
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When different pieces are all combined into one piece of furniture we call it a "unit". A bedroom unit would be a couple of wardrobes and a dressing table, perhaps; kitchen units are those that comprise drawers, cupboards, work space and maybe a stove-top.

As for the ones which go into a sitting-room and have space for a tv? I've always heard them referred to as TV units - even when the actual TV space is tiny compared to all the shelves etc. without the tv space (and the hole in the back for all the plugs and cords etc. it'd would just be a unit for the sitting-room.

However, as I don't have TV I've never looked at them, so perhaps here in the UK they call them something else?
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:14:42 AM
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I'd call most of those things (living-room) units.

I'd call this a bookcase, though I would not necessarily keep only books in it. I would not call it a bookshelf, though I might refer to it as bookshelves.

I speak British English (standard southern, slightly dated).
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 9:24:31 AM

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Either they are not so popular or only popular with a certain class - I've never seen such a thing (and looking at the prices, I don't expect to see many, either!

There does not seem to be one name for them.

This one -

is a "White oak Lounge TV, Storage and Display System"

This one

is "Fireplace with Fitted Bookshelves, Display and Storage"

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Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:05:28 AM

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I looked at the images, and they are ALL entertainment centers. Those units typically include a particular space for a television, and perhaps some sound system components. The part that varies is the amount of additional storage and display space for other items (anything you wish to display or store in the unit).
These are all entertainment centers.
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I looked at the images, and they are ALL entertainment centers. Those units typically include a particular space for a television, and perhaps some sound system components. The part that varies is the amount of additional storage and display space for other items (anything you wish to display or store in the unit).
These are all entertainment centers.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:31:27 AM
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A quick Google search suggested to me that 'entertainment unit' was rather more common in BrE than 'entertainment centre (BrE spelling).

I speak British English (standard southern, slightly dated).
taurine
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I think that hearing about 'entertainment unit' I would, without any hesitation, think about a peculiar department into which the organization is divided. Kitchen unit or living-room unit sounds familiar for me.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 11:11:41 AM

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Yeah. It's funny the associations which some words have.

To me, the first thing I would think of if someone said "Entertainment Centre" would be a large building with a theatre, a few cinemas, a swimming pool, a disco or two . . .

And an 'Entertainment Unit' brings to mind ENSA - the unit which entertained the troops in the 1940s! Dancing Applause
The Goons, Gracie Fields, George Formby . . .

However, I think that's as near as you will get to a short phrase for such a collection of furniture.

I have seen hotel rooms with an "armoire" which had drawers, hanging space, TV, CD player and small bar all built as one piece. But 'armoire' is a very specialised word (the rack on which you hang your armour while you dress in casual gear and go to the party).

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Helenej
Posted: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 4:27:36 PM

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After reading all your ideas, I decided to look for furniture at the Walmart page. Most often, that thing is called an entertainment center, although sometimes it is also called a wall unit, an entertainment wall, an entertainment wall unit, an entertainment wall system. A bit complicated but I think if I stick to "entertainment unit", I will be on the safe side in most cases.
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Hope123
Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:09:12 PM

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Helene, you are probably safe with that. Edited -You have probably moved on by now but I just saw the thread and noticed the date after I had posted.

An entertainment centre has a centre piece (why it is called a centre) made to hold the size of the TV and has doors that swing shut when the TV is not in use. Then the two side units are for storage. Ours was built in three pieces. A wall unit is usually one piece and can be either built in or free standing and does not necessarily hold a TV.

Nowadays around here the 65" TVs are too large for that so the TV sits freely on a long sleek cabinet or is hung on the wall. Or some people are now building a media centre or home theatre room with loungers set up like a theatre facing a large TV on the wall.

Since our solid oak entertainment centre was too small for the 65" TV and nobody wants oak anymore, we put shelves in it and moved the centre piece into the bedroom as an armoire and put the two end pieces together in another bedroom and they come in handy for storage.

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