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Think of the media console as your second bookshelf — it's an opportunity to display your artfully arranged accessories and collectibles in the spaces that were once occupied by stacks of movies and TV-attached electronics. As more households switch over to streaming their entertainment, the media console shifts to fit these new needs, and it's becoming less about towering size and more about streamlined style. We picked 10 media consoles to help you rethink the centerpiece of your living room space.
The taupe-toned woodgrain of this engineered-wood media console really brightens up a room instead of adding on more visual weight. For those who've streamlined the entertainment systems, leave the four cubbies below open to display decorative pieces, or slot in a few storage drawers to maximize the space.
Call it mixing eras — we like the pairing of a 4K TV atop this retro-style media console. Two wide shelves below allow you to showcase your collection of books or records, while the slider panels on both levels let you keep wires, chargers, and other unsightly extras hidden away.
An open-shelf structure gives this solid, engineered-wood console a uniqueness that you don't normally find in contemporary living room furniture. Perfect for the household that's greatly minimized the tangle of electronic wires, just situate aon top and keep the conversation pieces beneath. A single storage drawer comes in handy for stowing the bits and bobs.
This 20-inch-high media console from CB2 may be short in stature, but its swirled woodgrain details makes it a true standout. Aside from an ample surface up top, it features a cabinet door and two drawers that provide hideaway space, along with two open middle shelves, all sitting atop a geometric iron-frame base.
For the minimalist decorators, each component of the entertainment system is worth showing off. This console is comprised of three spacious MDF-wood shelves, bordered by a powder-coated metal frame for an industrial vibe. Keeping these shelves artfully curated (as opposed to overstuffed) is a good way to keep the overall room looking tidier.
This is a vintage-style console fit for modern media consumption. This sturdy MDF-wood piece sits on two angled legs, and provides generous interior storage with its two cabinets and three drawers. We love that the simple, yet timeless clean-line design instantly updates any space, no matter how sparse it may be, making it one of our go-to investment pieces for a first apartment.
This West Elm media console's richly grained mango wood, supported by a geometric steel frame, adds an architectural edge to the family living space. The three sizable, concealed drawers on the bottom level provide extra storage to keep the open levels above completely free... apart from meticulously placed tchotchkes.
This wooden media stand allows you to keep your gaming systems out in the open while stashing the extras out of view. Ideal for flat-screen monitors up to 40 inches wide, it provides plentiful space for your stuff, without taking up an entire wall of your living room.
This rustic, apothecary-esque console invites a sophisticated air into the living room, but don't worry — you don't have 16 small drawers to hide (and lose) your mini-sized extras in. Two drawers slide out on each end, and the middle cabinet swings open.