By Ashley Steel
Recently I made the move to a smaller space. While inevitably this meant getting rid of many of my possessions and having to forgo the purchase of many large, dazzling pieces of furniture, it also meant getting smarter about the way I utilize space.
I set my sights on an entertainment center; an expansive jack-of-all-trades storage unit that could sit flush with my wall and provide ample shelving and storage. Deep into my search, one thing was clear: the entertainment center I had in mind wasn’t in the cards for me. My discoveries yielded pieces too big, too bulky and, frankly, outdated.
Not ready to give up, I changed my parameters to include smaller pieces and took my search online to see what I could discover in the way of stylish, functional entertainment centers. Here are my favorite discoveries:
Broadway Black Altus Plus 58-inch Floating TV Stand; $139.99; Overstock.com
Perfect for the simple guy or gal, this unit shown above mounts cleanly above the floor and creates just enough space for your basic electronics and DVDs. Its stylish flair creates a look similar to a piano for a classic look and feel.
Wildon Home Demuline Entertainment Center; $573; Wayfair.com
Uniquely curved, this entertainment center is in a class of its own. With its black and silver color combination and open metal frame, this piece bears a clean, ultra-modern design. Perfect for accommodating the oddly shaped knick-knack, this unit creates eight vertical and three horizontal storage spaces.
Manhattan Comfort Morning Side Entertainment Center; $639.78; Wayfair.com
Minimalist and sleek, the light grain wood pairs nicely with the black reflective glass and shelving. Ample height makes up for its thin profile and guarantees efficient use of space. Balancing cabinetry and open shelving, this unit is perfect for hiding your less-attractive items, while still showing off your most prized possessions.
Heritage Rustic Entertainment Center; $693.89; Overstock.com
Distressed wood and metal meet in this entertainment center for a look that’s artistic and vintage. With a low, long profile this unit saves overhead space. Rectangular wood drawers and square glass-paned cabinets balance each other out to create an interesting geometric visual. Metal studs and slim, arched handles round out the look.
Carson 3-Piece Entertainment Center for TVs up to 50”; $215; Black and Cherry Finishes; Walmart.com
A bit like Tetris, this 3-piece entertainment center can be adjusted to meet your spacing needs. A combination of closed cherry cabinetry and open metal shelving lends both warmth and openness to the room. Silver accents pop against the dark, chic unit.