Top Ten: Best Media Consoles

Annual Guide 2014

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Even though more people are streaming tv shows and movies on their computers or mounting screens on the walls these days, the media console is still going strong. An ideal console hides or disguises your media equipment, cables and cords and looks good doing it. Here are ten of the best including several budget options.

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Linear Media Cabinet, Room&Board, $1,199. With a choice of 5 woods, 2 bases, 7 pulls and 2 doors this piece is as versatile as it gets to compliment your decor. Made in the USA using dovetail joinery and handcrafted hardware.

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Reclaimed Timber Slat Media, Restoration Hardware $1525 (55") or $1695 (81"). The character and imperfections of reclaimed wood paired with a modern slatted design.

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Wood TV Stand by Walker Edison, Amazon $399. Made in the USA of powder-coated steel and ash grey wood, the piece comes ready-to-assemble.

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Stockholm TV Unit, IKEA, beige $299 or walnut veneer $349. IKEA prices with Mid-Century Scandinavian design principles of simplicity, minimalism and functionality.

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Credenza, Sauder $310. Part of Sauder's contemporary Soft Modern collection, this piece is made in the USA, is flat packed and arrives ready-to-assemble.

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Seguro Media Console, Crate & Barrel $1,699 (68") or $1,499 (54"). A mix of chocolate and amber reclaimed wood pieces adds warmth to the ebony frame of this high-function storage piece.

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Modern Shelf TV Stand, Target $209 on sale. A budget option made from wood composite with an intriguing and modern Tetris-esque vibe.

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Patchwork Media Console, West Elm $1,299. A mix of wood veneers and drawer sizes gives this piece a standout look.

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Icarus Media Stand, JC Penney $249 clearance. Part of the Design by Conran Collection, this stand is solid poplar with an oak veneer and metal legs. The front is one piece that pulls out and down and there are two cord cutouts in the back.

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Fuel Red Credenza, CB2 $499. For the bold, for the brave - go red. (Okay, also available in white.)

(Image credits: Room&Board; Restoration Hardware; Amazon; IKEA; Sauder; Crate & Barrel; Target; West Elm; JCPenney; CB2)

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