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under $500

 I recently moved some things around in my living room to to see if I could accommodate a request from my husband; a desk. (Hey curveball! Just when I had it all figured out).   I started pushing furniture around and then I thought first I needed to find out what types of media cabinets would work and how much room it leaves me for a desk.  

I started looking and continued for about 4 days.  I still haven't found "the one" but concluded during my search that media cabinet designs have come along way-especially the affordable ones. I used to see just cheap laminated versions in a mid price point with holes and shelves.   Storing media equipment doesn't have to look ugly anymore and we can graduate from IKEA - yay!  There are alot of stylish versions out there now-hail to hiding wires!  I have looked at hundreds of media cabinets online, and have narrowed down 10 that fit the following criteria:

1. It had to have enough campartments to fit all media equipment adequately supplying ventilation holes and panels.  It's possible to take a console table and use a special saw to cut a hole for wires/ventilation, but they tend to be narrower and for most equipment you need at least 16 inches plus wiggle room for wires/jacks sticking out the back.  Besides, remotes will not work through all doors (if that's your preference).  Although exercise is great, do you really want to do "TV burpees" for every channel change?  I didn't think so.  Measure, measure, measure.

2. Obvioulsy, they have to be attractive and offer various transitional/ contemporary styles to appeal to many.  I found these to be interesting and clean lined.

3.  Universal, clean design (not too trendy) will blend more easily with other styles you may have going on in your home and the style will last longer than intricate designs such as one with slats, scrollwork and heavy grooves with bunn feet. 

4.  A rich  finish.  Although I am looking at these from an "online" perspective, I can tell these pieces have more to offer than an all laminated finish.

3.  Most importantly, my list of media cabinets had to be UNDER $500 (OK so No. 9 is a wee bit over, but it was so pretty I  included it).  Technology changes so fast, I too hesitate to drop $1500 on a piece of furntiure that we probably won't need in 5 years.  How many deep TV armoires are on craigslist these days? Exactly.

And the winners are....

 

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Which is your favorite?

No. 1
Contemporary with a rich wood looking grain.
No. 1 Contemporary with a rich wood looking grain.
No. 2
Rich and rustic.
No. 2 Rich and rustic.
No. 3
This one has some Asian flair and nice brass accents.  It doesn t look like a media cabinet!
No. 3 This one has some Asian flair and nice brass accents. It doesn't look like a media cabinet!
No. 4
You can decorate the doors with mirror spray paint to hide the interiors equipment if you want to be able to access via remote.
No. 4 You can decorate the doors with mirror spray paint to hide the interiors equipment if you want to be able to access via remote.
No. 5
Very Urban Loft.  I loved this one, and it s price.
No. 5 Very Urban Loft. I loved this one, and it's price.
No. 6
Open and sleek for you modern types!
No. 6 Open and sleek for you modern types!
No. 7
Very handsome rustic lodge with more storage options.
No. 7 Very handsome rustic lodge with more storage options.
No. 8
Simple, balanced and a great finish which could work in European, Cottage and or Coastal designed rooms.
No. 8 Simple, balanced and a great finish which could work in European, Cottage and or Coastal designed rooms.
No. 9
I thought this one had nice straight lines, and a rich mahogany finish with great  campaign style  hardware.
No. 9 I thought this one had nice straight lines, and a rich mahogany finish with great "campaign style" hardware.
No. 10
Could be very Don Draper for all of you Mad Men fans.  This one gives a mid century modern look but without being too retro hence the straight legs.This one is for those who like to hide the equipment, but like access to the remote when viewing.  Great straight lines, up off the floor if you have a vent to avoid.
No. 10 Could be very Don Draper for all of you Mad Men fans. This one gives a mid century modern look but without being too retro hence the straight legs.This one is for those who like to hide the equipment, but like access to the remote when viewing. Great straight lines, up off the floor if you have a vent to avoid.

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