10:45AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 08/04/03
2 lifetime posts
We're redecorating! Right now our TV, VCR, CD Changer, DVD Player and stereo with speakers are all on a sofa table (the taller table that usually goes behind a sofa) against the wall.

We are looking to save some money by not purchasing an entertainment center. One idea was to put some sort of shelving up on the wall.

Any suggestions on a cost effective, stylish, sturdy alternative to an entertainment center? Our decor is traditional / country with oak tables and trim on our sofa and love seat.



07:00PM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Greetings Dawn-Marie,

Just food for thought...

We're continuing to use old things that work for now: a small Shaker-style piece of furniture upstairs (has TV on top and VCR, etc on shelves below), and a small entertainment center in the family room. These are nothing fancy, but we believe the new flat-panel TVs eventually change how decorating around 'entertainment' is done!

"Now" obviously is not the time to "decorate" using a flat-panel several $1000, duh! But as their price comes down--as well as "need" for their features (such as high definition--which is incompatible with current TVs), the future will tell a different story. So, I think one of today's 'entertainment centers' (with the big deep hole for a large TV) will look strangely obsolete in a few years anyway.

Right now, men may be the ones clamoring for flat-panel TVs (you know, for those critical football games!)--but I think in a couple of years women will be asking for them--when they figure out how little they take of a room.

Obviously you need to find something more attractive than what you have today. But with what I've said in mind--and since cost is an issue--I'd recommend a small (2-3 shelf) piece of furniture--perhaps unfinished--that you can put a TV on top. Use for about 4-5 more years....then scrap it (or relegate to other uses) and redecorate in earnest then!

Obviously a "man's opinion"--but one who realizes the importance of the home to a woman--so please take what I've said in that light. I have no doubt you'll make a big improvement! Good luck and welcome!




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