One of the lame things about living in a small condo is the lack of storage. (Even lamer is that nobody wants to buy a condo right now, so we have to Tim Gunn this and make it work because we're not going anywhere.) We had plenty of space when I moved in, way back before I opened my shop. But as my business grows and my beady children multiply, I need more and more space.
So the Hubs and I have been thinking about what we can do to make things more functional around here, and we started eyeballing this guy:
Nice to look at, yes, but not very useful anymore. The shelves are especially annoying because they have no sides or back, hence the weird stacking of books and magazines. We have a couple of options for making it better. First, we keep the TV stand and add "real" side-shelving:
Our front runner is the Hemnes from IKEA. I like all the space, and for $180 it's hard to beat the price. However, I'm afraid that at 35½" wide, two of them will be too bulky on that wall, and having only one will look bizarre. Hmm...
On the other hand, we could ixnay the whole setup and start fresh with something totally different. Like THIS:
The small(!) version is 10.5 feet long, which is the perfect size. I'm intrigued by the idea of having one giant console instead of a traditional entertainment center. The problem? It's from Pottery Barn and is $1,489--before shipping.
What if--and this is totally crazytown--what if we just built something? I saw this on Pinterest yesterday and it got the wheels a-turnin':
It's made from unfinished kitchen cabinets that are available at most hardware stores. I priced it out at Home Depot, and we could build a 9 foot custom console for about $400.
That blows my mind.
Of course, there's the issue of WHERE we would build something that big, because we sure don't have a yard or a garage, but if we got all the wood cut at the store and only had to attach things...
But I'm getting ahead of myself. What's your entertainment center like? Does it have a lot of storage? Did you realize that unfinished kitchen cabinets could be so handy? Should I give it a shot?!