7 Updated Entertainment Centers for Displaying More Than Just Your TV
I spend a lot of time watching live sports on TV, so pro football's championship weekend always gets me focused on one piece of furniture in particular: the entertainment center. While I like the clean look of my basic television console, I've been itching for something a little larger on which to display books and family photos. But I don't want to end up with a big, heavy wall unit reminiscent of what my parents had in the '90s. That's why I love these entertainment centers that provide extra space for display and storage while maintaining a clean look.
This rustic entertainment center with industrial touches by FLO Design Studio uses a few tricks to keep it from weighing down the room. Pipe pieces act as feet to the unit, and the clearance between the cabinetry and the floor offer a lightness to the look. The open shelves appear to float against the wall, and the unit is made from light-toned reclaimed wood.
Justin DiPiero kept things crisp and clean by sticking with a minimalist console – and then added two more just like it along with overhead cabinetry and two shelf units to create a modular system that looks more like built-in contemporary cabinetry. Modular units, like what you might find at IKEA, are great for mixing-and-matching to create a custom look.
This built-in wall unit might feel a little more traditional, but the color scheme gives it an updated look. The crisp white molding isn't exclusive to the wall unit; it wraps around the perimeter of the room for a completely custom look. The contrast of the teal painted on the inside adds a fun, contemporary look to the space and allows the book collection to pop.
If you've got a basic TV console, you may not need to completely replace it to gain more display space. 2id Interiors shows how a simple floating shelf above the television provides a simple solution to the need for more display real estate.
Wall units can work in small spaces, too. The mix-and-match option works best in tighter areas as it allows you to create a setup that best suits the available space. The key to keeping an entertainment center from overwhelming a small room is to include as much visual space as possible, which Fraley and Co. does well in this family room with floating shelves.
If you've got the budget to accommodate a custom solution, might I suggest a built-in entertainment niche? I love how 2id Interiors trimmed this niche in exotic wood and then added simple white cabinets and a shelf. With this treatment, the TV and sound bar almost feel like works of art!
Another good way to accommodate a larger entertainment center in a smaller space? Hang it! Bill Bocken anchored this sleek unit to the wall to keep the floor space open and create a frame around the TV at optimal viewing height.