With the television becoming the centerpiece of the living room--or sometimes the bedroom--the furniture on which the TV sits has become more important. While you don't want to become a punchline to a joke and use cinder blocks and scrap wood the create your entertainment center, you might not want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars either.
Used TV Stands on Craigslist.org
Craigslist.org is the answer to many budget conundrums when it comes to buying furniture. While there is a ton of furniture that's not worth your time or energy, there are diamonds in the rough. Old TV stands in great condition regularly pop up on the site at a fraction of their original cost. Most prices are negotiable as people are just looking to get rid of the stand. Only call or check out stands that have a picture you can view. Anyone who is serious about selling should be able to take a picture and upload it.
The Small Bookshelf
A small bookshelf that stands 3 to 4 feet off the ground is another option for a cheap TV stand. With space for not only books but a DVD player, cable box, TiVo or DVR, holes can easily be cut in the back of the shelf for cables. The trick is finding a bookshelf that is deep enough and strong enough to support all the electronics. Try stores like IKEA or Target.
New Use for an Old Dresser
An old dresser can easily be converted into a TV stand, though it will take a small amount of labor. Once you put your TV on top of the dresser, take out all the drawers and remove the front and back of each drawer. Then slide the drawers back in, creating a place for the electronics. If the open, newly modified face of the dresser looks a little tacky, buy a piece of wood and hinges to create doors.
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