These days, the giant, armoire-sized 'entertainment center' is out and the slimmer, more modest TV console is in... but those little guys can still set you back a pretty penny. So we went on a hunt for the best-looking TV stands for under $500.
Made of tempered glass (the middle shelf) and metal, the three tiers of this affordable unit provide plenty of room for your cable box, Blu-ray player and even a few baskets for tidy storage.
Dimensions: 39.375"W x 14.125"D x 20.875"
A sweet retro look for under $100. At just over 53 inches, it should accommodate a standard 50-inch television.
Dimensions: 53.15"W x 13.78"D x 21.42" H
Available in three colors (red, white and the blue shown above), this locker-inspired cabinet is great on its own for a small space, or paired with a twin for a longer setup.
Dimensions: 46.875"W x 15.75"D x 24.75"H
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Wheels make this affordable TV unit perfect for a studio, since it can be rolled into place for Netflix bingeing, and easily moved when not in use.
Dimensions: 44''W x 17''D x 19.75''H
We love all the offerings in the Go-Cart collection from CB2, and its rolling TV stand (which can double as a coffee table!) tops that list!
Dimensions: 60"W x 18"D x 20"H
Add a dash of mid-century design with this white and bamboo stand.
Dimensions: 47.2"W x 17.8"D x 26.6"H
The wide slots at the back of the RAMSATRA media stand make it easy to organize your cables.
Dimensions: 45.625"W x 16.5"D x 24.375"H
High ratings and happy commenters note how easy this is to put together. However, they did mention that the color is actually darker in person than the photos from Target show.
Dimensions: 44"W x 18"D x 19.69"H
Two drawers and two shelves will keep all your media components tidy.
Dimensions: 38.8"W x 15.4"D x 22.7"H
The nine hues offered means there's a Windham stand no matter your color scheme. Also available in a larger 60-inch wide size.
Dimensions: 44"W x 18.9"D x 24.25"H
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If you're looking for a non-TV-stand-looking TV console, this card-catalog/apothecary-style stand might be just what you're looking for.
Dimensions: 50"W x 18"D x 30.5"H
Another mid-century modern style in a more contrasting color palette.
Dimensions: 39.78"W x 15.6"D x 14.63"H
The flexible design of the Stockholm TV unit means you can opt for three cabinet fronts, or leave the middle open for easy remote-sensor access.
Dimensions: 63"W x 15.75"D x 19.625"H
The open slots at the back make this a great choice for either a TV stand or a place to stash your records and record player.
Dimensions: 48"W x 16"D x 30"H
Glossy navy? Yes, please! Besides its beautiful exterior, the interior shelves are adjustable so you can customize it to get the arrangement that works best for you.
Dimensions: 52"W x 17"D x 25"H
*Re-edited from a post that originally ran on 09.09.15. - AH