Price tag aside, this room divider would be the perfect way to break up a large living area into two rooms, both of which (or either of which) could be used simultaneously to read and relax, or watch the tube. The center console swivels 360 degrees so you can get a good viewing angle from either side. Sure, it's a far cry from your Ikea media center, but hey — if you've got the space and the cash, you might as well flaunt it!
Since I don't watch much TV, updating my hefty idiot box to an ultra slim HD flatscreen is not very high on my list of priorities. But if I did own the latest and greatest in television technology, I would love to use an artist's easel as a stand, like this one featured in House Beautiful. Tech gadgets are always difficult to coordinate with décor, but that's especially true when your design scheme is earthy and traditional. The wood construction of the easel makes for a near seamless integration. And better yet, it allows you to change the height and angle of your TV — something that few standard media centers can do. Would you try this in your home?
In general, the words "entertainment console" conjure visions of bachelor pad-style black tempered glass TV stands you'd pick up at Best Buy with your flat screen. Why people find it acceptable to ignore the rest of their decor when choosing entertainment storage is beyond me. But, I will admit it can be difficult to find stylish TV furniture. If only beauties like the Oly Studio Jordan Entertainment Console (inquire for price) were more pervasive, living rooms everywhere might get a face lift. Its sliding doors are ideal for concealing the spines of all those Sex and the City DVD box sets you own. I love the weathered look of its light brown finish and its clean-lined, well-balanced shape. What do you think?
Want a budget TV stand made from materials you probably already have in your house? This month's Glamour suggests that you stack some books on the ground and place your (obviously flat screen) TV on top of it.
While this is definitely an interesting idea, I don't know if I'd have gone for it when I was shopping for a TV stand. While the art books are pretty big and it looks pretty sturdy, I would still have a big fear of the TV tipping, especially if someone walked by it and bumped it somehow.
My stability fears aside — it's kind of cute! Especially if you're a book lover, as I am (although you're obviously not going to be reading those ones for a while).
What do you think? Unwise and not cute, or safe enough and pretty cute?
Nearly a year ago I bought this red television stand made by an artist out of materials from an antique milk crate. I loved the industrial look of it, and how a half-moon shape was worn away next to the handle. The large cabinet is ideal for my media storage, too. But, the minute I got it home, I knew the vibrant red color simply wouldn't work with my green walls. Can you say impulse purchase?
I tossed and turned over it for months, and finally recently decided to spray paint it white. I taped off the brass handle and wheels, to keep the hardware intact. A few hours and four cans of high gloss white later, and the table made perfect sense in my home. To see my vision in white, read more
When Danny Seo couldn't come up with a use for the paint-splattered easel left behind in his new home, formerly owned and built by an artist, he decided to mount his Energy Star-rated flat screen TV on it. Mounting televisions above the fireplace is considered sacrilegious to him, and he had no oil painting that would work on the easel, so it was really the perfect solution. And, I think it adds personality — not that Danny Seo needs any. Easels come in all shapes and forms, from traditional wooden ones used by artists to decorative metal ones. You'll likely need to reinforce the television and the stand with some screws, so you should consider that when purchasing one for yourself (i.e. make sure you have something to screw into). But, of course, if you have a spare easel lying around, upcycling really is the best option.
I've been saving up for a new media center to hold all of my games, DVDs, and components for a while now, and I need your help in deciding which one I should get! I'm turning to you, my loyal geeks, to help me solve a home tech dilemma: I need a new TV stand! I've outgrown my sturdy but basic Ikea media console and need something a little more grown-up. It must be under five feet to fit in the spot it'll go into, should have enough storage for my TiVo and multiple gaming consoles, and most of all, be totally geek chic. The TV that will top it is a 50" flat screen. I like clean modern styles and am looking to spend under $500; I'll get you started with one at the top end of my budget, but right in my style: the Halogen Credenza from CB2. If you can find something like this for even less, you'll be my hero!
I've narrowed down the field to a select few, but I'm having a pretty hard time making a decision. Which media center do you think I should pick? Check em out in my slideshow.
Oh and please tag your TV stand finds with Geek Gear and New TV Stand and I'll post my faves right here on the home page!
Remember all that noise I talked about desperately wanting to mount my flat screen to my wall? Well, I might have to take that back — IF I can have the Prism 50 Media Stand, yet another fabulous and inspirational piece from my design guru, Karim Rashid.
The Prism 50 comes in black and white or all black, and it's just modern simplicity at its sexiest. I like the absence of bells and whistles, as it'll keep me from using my TV stand as a clutter collector. The thing is, I might need the rest of the furniture in the picture too. Yowza.
I first saw Hawaiian grass skirts used to conceal clutter in one of my favorite decorating books, Pad. A few years ago, frustrated with the lack of stylish TV stands available, I decided to create my own grass-skirted version with a shelf I bought at Ikea. (Please forgive the poor quality of the photo; I've since upgraded to a new stand and couldn't take another one.)
By attaching the grass skirt to swiveling curtain rods that open and close like cabinets, you have a fun and funky way to conceal your DVD player and DVDs underneath. It's an easy and fun project you can do even if you don't have a lot of hardware expertise. For a list of what you'll need and step-by-step instructions, read more