Before & After: TV Nook Upgraded Into a Home Entertainment Center

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Renting almost guarantees you'll be living and working around compromises, and perhaps nowhere more so than when it comes to planning a home entertainment setup. Awkward layouts can prove a challenge, especially when you can't move or tear down walls like a home owner. But this Redditor accepted the challenge posed by a rental unit and ended up upgrading a simple living room TV nook into an impressive home entertainment center...

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Redditor Grifflicious used several 1"x1" slat frame pieces to create and secure floating shelves to store a sizable collection of DVDs; an additional centerpiece media shelving unit houses what appears to be a cable box, Blu-ray player, and internet router, with video connections nicely hidden behind a cable/cord raceway. The results are a notable improvement in both presentation and storage, though the one section I'm hoping will see an upgrade is the tangle of cables and cords in the background, perhaps hiding the center shelving using a tinted tempered glass door or hidden behind a false back against the wall.

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Upon completing his DIY media center shelving, Grifflicious not only celebrated with a beer, but with the purchase of a new 60" HDTV, which he immediately wall mounted and framed using a custom white frame to better blend in against his rental walls, just in time to enjoy the World Series!

More photos and details about his living room home entertainment makeover at Imgur.

(Image credits: Griffilicious)