Furniture Friday: T.V. Consoles

Friday, July 31, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

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{**Post Disclaimer: I’ve been wrestling with Word Press and I can’t get it to format correctly, so if the post seems a bit off, I apologize!  Not sure what’s going on…}

The television has inspired many a piece of furniture…from armories to pop-up mechanisms that completely conceal a television in a cabinet, t.v.’s are almost always a point of contingency for designers and homeowners alike.  Some designer’s say, “why fight it?” and will install televisions over a gorgeous fireplace.

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{Canadian House and Home}

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{Decorator Katie Stassi’s Living Room}

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{I’ve joked about how my husband would freak over tastefully incorporating the television into open bookshelves like Ashley Whittaker did in the picture above}

Others will do almost anything to conceal it…even a piece of artwork that opens up to reveal a flat screen. I’m of the opinion that most (but not all) households would probably keep the t.v. visible anyways and not make the constant effort to close the armoire doors or use the mechanism to move the t.v. back into the cabinet.

Today I’ll focus on the option that is currently in use in my house.  A console piece turned into a t.v. stand.  Funny story about that one…well, naturally the t.v. just had to be the focal point of the room.  Although I’d like to consider myself, “not a t.v. person,” let’s be honest…we could not live without our dvr.  Even most of the entertaining we do seems to revolve around college football season (where a big t.v. is a must).  I bought this vintage stereo cabinet off a client several years ago and painted it coral (it was realllly ugly pre-makeover).  My big concern was what to do with all those wires and components that we just had to have…cable/dvr box, blu-ray player, etc.  Not let me preface by saying that I did not marry my husband for his handy-man skills just like he didn’t marry me for my love of housework.  However, he wouldn’t want me to pay anyone to cut holes in the back of the cabinet to fish the wires to the outlets so he declared he’d, “just use a steak knife to cut out the thin back of the cabinet!”  “Ha ha,” I laughed…”use a knife…brilliant–you better not!!!”

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{please pardon the not-so-great iPhone photo}

One day I come home from work and the back of the cabinet looks like swiss cheese (but to his credit he did use a drill, not a steak knife)…all I could do was laugh at this point (well that may not have been my initial reaction).  What’s a girl to do?  At least I can’t see those darn wires and the components are hidden!

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{A coral console used to ground the t.v. mounted on the wall – by M. Design}

So without further ado, here is my round-up of stylish case goods that could be used as a t.v. stand:

Many companies including MG favorite, Oly, are getting on board and designing entertainment consoles.  I love this one because the slats in the doors allow the remote to still function.

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Here are a few options for smaller t.v.’s:


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Baker Studio


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18th Century French Painted Buffet from Design House

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Dorothy Draper Chest via 1st Dibs

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French Design, Inc. on 1st Dibs had some amazing Art Deco pieces…it seems like almost a crime to mount a t.v. above or on them!

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For the traditionalist, I love the “x” detail in this piece from Henredon

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Fun mirrored console from Inside Avenue

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Pottery Barn was one of the first in the market to develop units for the new slimmer t.v.’s.  This one has glass doors so the remote will work.  Still not so sure about seeing the components…what do you think?

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Studly Buffet by World’s Away


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Swedish Painted Buffet from Crown and Colony

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Just because I just can’t get enough of grey + white…


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Jackson Buffet by Oly

So, how does your t.v. live in your house?

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12 Comments to 'Furniture Friday: T.V. Consoles'

barbara 31 Jul 09 at 9:19 am

a happy accident…..in moving the tv across the room while on “cabinet”, said cabinet collapsed and broke (which was ok…old thing) so hubby says QUICK FIND ME SOMETHING…so I grabbed a vintage typing stand (not metal but an old heavy wood one that even has a leaf that extends)..looks very cool ..I plan to paint it and change the color of the wheelie caster things….and add some old metal grill type stuff for shelves below to hold the “components” (right now they are stacked on a basket below in the “knee” space)

Jeannine @ Small & Chic 31 Jul 09 at 9:39 am

I’m guilty of having an armoire, but I’m trying to sell it on Craigslist so I can move to a simple sideboard piece. I was reading an article in an old House Beautiful in which a designer said “I watch TV and I’m not afraid to let people know that” and I thought that my obsession with closing the armoire doors was kind of silly.

Alexandra Gibson 31 Jul 09 at 11:18 am

Thank you for posting these examples. Just the other day, I was thinking about how to position my TV in a new house that I’m moving into. There are not wall-mounting options so I like the idea of retrofitting for something that does not look straight out of Target.

-Alexandra Gibson
@gibsondm

The Matters of Style Girls 31 Jul 09 at 2:40 pm

What a fabulous post. What to do with a TV is such a conundrum. I can’t stand those generic “TV stands” you find at big box stores and love the stylish alternatives you have posted. Especially the Dorothy Draper chest! Your painted console is also amazing- what a great DIY project and a fab choice of color.

Gina 01 Aug 09 at 12:16 pm

I like the iphone photo! please share more photos of your house!!!

Down Pillow 01 Aug 09 at 4:59 pm

LOVE the Baker Studio & Crown and Colony pieces :) Currently, I have my TV on a cocktail table. I think using a cocktail table or console are two of the best options.

Miss Yap 04 Aug 09 at 5:42 pm

Sigh. I have the fiance’s TV on a black plasticky thing that was free. And so far nothing that has caught my eye but not empty my wallet has come along. It is as eyesore. I have been trying to move it around to make my apartment look less like a shrine to Panasonic to no available. But one thing at a time. First comes console then comes rearranging (I can hear the Boy groan already!)

statewide van lines 25 Jan 10 at 4:40 pm

I liked the idea of a mirrored console – it actually sort of adds “life” to the room. The model from Pottery Barn looks rough and bulky.

Ruchita 29 Jun 10 at 11:04 am

Pretty impressive post. I just came across your site and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your opinions. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

legen lois 13 Jul 10 at 9:41 am

I really enjoyed this post, especially the “examples in this post” portion which made it really easy for me to SEE what you were talking about without even having to leave the article. Thanks

loagan 20 Jul 10 at 6:59 am

Been reading your excellent blog for quite a few weeks now, and i am enjoying many of your excellent topics.

Joey 30 Apr 13 at 8:45 pm

Yep, what a smashing and delightful post girl! haha jk but I definitely love the swedish painted buffett.

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