Finding the perfect vintage piece to hold your new tech is skill. Furniture built pre- televisions, DVD players, video game systems tend not to hold the shelving, cabinets, drawers, and electrical cord housing needed for all of today's doo-dads. But when you do find a piece that can improvise, it can really turn your media room into a beautiful room...
Take Jenn H. of Toronto. She found this pressure mounted teak stand on craigslist, though it wouldn't be hers just so quickly. "Someone else bought it out from under me -- someone unscrupulous, because they then listed it on eBay the next day for double the original price of $150, which I was happy to pay regardless! It only required a little teak oil to make it shine again," she told us.
It stays in place via pressure-mounted floor-to-ceiling supports with hooks that can be moved up and down the full height to make it any configuration.
The stand hold her family's flat screen with DVD, Satellite, and surround sound speakers on the shelves above. The cabinet below holds all their DVDs and the cabinet to the right holds more DVDs, plus has a drawer for storing remotes.
"This has been one of the most functional pieces of furniture we've owned. It only became a media center once we moved into this house a year ago -- it was in a dining room and an office in previous lives. But it really works perfectly for us in the TV room -- plenty of closed and open storage, and it plays off the traditional details we kept in the house as we renovated, creating a nice contrast."
(Images: Jenn H.)