In our media-saturated society, the TV has become the focal point of the living room. And with good reason — most of us enjoy spending long evenings at home, directly in front of the television, Netflix and chilling.
How you place your television is very important to keeping things aesthetically cohesive. A proper entertainment center indicates you’ve made an effort to not only research and buy a big-ass TV, but that you have the artistic ability to find a complimentary media stand.
As the name implies, an entertainment center is also a great place to hide techno-clutter. If you have a lot of Blue-Ray discs, internet modems, cable boxes, and speakers, you’re going to need somewhere to store all of this stuff without making your home look like a garage sale. Whether you’re in a studio apartment and have little to no space to work with, or have a knack for design and decor, functionality is key when setting up your living area.
We’ve compiled a diverse list of media stands that will tailor to just about any layout. If you want to hang your television, by all means, go ahead. Just find the damned studs first.
Wade Logan Julius Entertainment Center – $640-$760
Speaking of which, this stunning wall-mounted design will transform your entertaining space into a cosmopolitan loft. It has everything: three tiers of allocated storage space; an eye-catching, creative design; and a design that is utilitarian.
Sauder Credenza – $325
With easy-glide drawers and open storage shelves, the chic Credenza would make a stylishly and practical addition to any home. The pale oak finish is complemented by brass handles, and the structure is built to support up to a 70-inch TV.
CB2 Suspend II Media Console – $999
If you’re looking for something more minimalist, consider the Suspend Media Console from CB2. The stand is crafted with a combination of marble, wood, and metal, making for a look that is equal parts elegant and masculine. Aesthetics aside, this bad boy can hold up to 70 pounds and includes easy-access storage.
Crate & Barrel Sawyer Media Stand – $816
The space-saving Sawyer Media Stand will bring a clean, creative aesthetic to your living area. With two leaning bookcases on each side, the stand has plenty of room for storing media components, books, certificates, photos — you name it. The open stand also features a sliding-door cabinet (for hiding all the ugly junk) and a large cord-management section for keeping your wires in check.
West Elm Staggered Wood Console – $1,499
The Staggered Wood Console from West Elm is a modernist’s dream, featuring a unique open design that provides excellent storage for books, DVDs, and various tchotchkes. The walnut top is secured by a sturdy iron base, so all your valuables are guaranteed to stay in place.
Astro Media Center – $350
This quirky media center is perfect for the homeowner who wants something totally unique for their living room. The retro design features four open compartments packaged up in a smooth walnut veneer, which is bound to give your place a classy, mid-century modern vibe.
Home Loft Concepts Elton TV Stand – $200
Looking for something simple that caters to space-saving situations? Give Home Lift Concepts a try. The Elton TV stand can easily hold a large television, but it also pairs well with that TV you heroically hung on the wall. Plus, there’s room for a soundbar, cable box, and all movies.
Pottery Barn Andover Media Console – $1,299
If you’ve got a lot of stuff, the Andover Media Console from Pottery Barn would be a great option for you. The solid hardwood frame contains three component cubbies, four drawers for CDs and DVDs, and a center cabinet with an adjustable shelf, all designed to look like a row of old-fashioned postal boxes.
Article originally published by Bryan Holt on February 15, 2017. Last updated by Cody Gohl on January 26, 2018.