By: Lorri Kelley, President of BDI

Monday in the office, a Tuesday morning flight followed by two days of meetings and living out of a suitcase. Then, a late flight home Wednesday night, and wrapping up the week trying to get caught up on the day-to-day tasks of doing business in today’s non-stop world.

Sound familiar? As a business executive, I can certainly relate. That in a nutshell is my schedule almost every week! 

So after a hectic week, my very favorite activity is nothing more than relaxing and having the chance to spend time with family and friends from the comfort of my own home. And, guess what? A growing number of consumers feel the same way.

For so many these days, spending Saturday and Sunday at home doesn’t just mean a weekend full of chores and lounging around. It means movie nights with the family or having friends and colleagues over for dinner and drinks. It means trading cover charges, large crowds, and big restaurant checks for a much more intimate and comfortable setting where you get to pick the guests, music, menu, and even the décor.

Studies show that an increasing number of millennials prefer to entertain at home.

This trend even has a name. In the home furnishings industry, it’s been coined “home-tainment,” and the statistics indicate this movement may be here to stay. According to a survey from the wine app Vivino, 47% of Millennials and 61% of Generation X and Baby Boomers say they would rather drink and entertain at home than at a social gathering, bar, or winery.

This overwhelming shift in where we prefer to spend our personal time doesn’t stop with cocktails. If you can’t remember the last time you went to a movie theater, you aren’t alone. Another study shows that ticket sales have steadily dropped 21% since 2002. You can thank widely accessible and affordable theater-quality video and audio components, along with streaming devices and technologies for that. Why leave home when it is so easy to access the latest movies and TV series with the touch of button – all from the comfort of your living room? 

With more people entertaining at home, we at BDI saw this as an opportunity to offer products that make it easier for them to enjoy life right where they love to be. That’s why our incredible team of designers continuously create sophisticated and functional entertainment furniture that not only have innovative features, but are beautiful in any home environment.  

The Venue 8649W offers a clean aesthetic for today's entertainment spaces.

And over the last few years, that challenge has been met with the introduction of home bar designs, along with a nice assortment of new media cabinets, from modern and contemporary styling to a more transitional approach. 

From our bar category, the award-winning Corridor Bar offers a rich, full-featured stand-alone bar option. Boasting beautiful double louvered doors that open fully on 180-degree hinges, a durable, easy-to-clean surface and ample storage for everything from wine and spirits, to stemware and bar accessories, the Corridor Bar is the perfect addition to any entertainment space. 

For a mobile entertainment option, the Verra Bar Cart is designed to serve up a host of storage and serving features. With satin etched durable glass surfaces, a stemware rack mounted under the storage drawer to keep stemware in place, removable stainless inserts for storing up to a dozen bottles of wine and spirits, and locking wheels, the Verra Bar Cart can seamlessly move wherever the party may lead.

In addition, our media cabinets and consoles are designed to not only house the latest in media technologies, but also provide the ideal environment for using and extending the life of your components. Whether that’s a soundbar, or a full 9.2 surround sound system set-up, BDI’s media furniture offers a full-featured, yet beautifully designed option that can enhance any entertainment space in the home.

BDI media cabinets are designed to extend the life of components and provide the full entertainment experience.

We will continue to work diligently, while always thinking ahead for our BDI consumers, and helping them solve those design and function challenges. Yet, as we look forward to 2018, we can likely count on “home-tainment” continuing to gain momentum in the coming year. We are excited to continually introduce exceptional designs that will help everyone find beautiful ways to entertain at home.

Are you riding the home-tainment wave? Let us know how you like to spend your time at home in the comments below.