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Knockout Knockoffs: Media Consoles and Cabinets

Need to update your TV area in time for the new fall lineup and football season? Media console cabinets are a sleek way to add style and personality to a room. Entertainment centers built for flat screen televisions have come a long way from the early pressed board designs that lacked style. Here are some great examples of appealing media consoles and their money-saving knockoffs

The Dawson Media Console features a weathered black finish with ample storage space. Pottery Barn’s price for the large cabinet is $1699. Coaster’s Rustic TV Stand has a weathered wood finish with slate inserts on the cabinet top and in the cabinet doors. The retail price is $588.99 from eFurniture Showroom. Savings: $1,110.01 or 65 percent.

The TV Easel is an inventive spin. Restoration Hardware’s version allows you to adjust the height of the television for optimal viewing level. It comes in a rustic black finish and costs $795. Cost Plus World Market offers a similar Easel Media Stand for televisions up to 42 inches. It has four shelves for your components. It has a warm brown finish with metal details and costs $359.99. Savings: $435 or 55 percent.

If you prefer the look of French Country antiques, the Sumner Media Stand from Pottery Barn is an excellent choice. However, it is a bit pricey at $1499. The Harleston Media Console from angelo:Home is a favorable comparison. It has a rustic finish and farmhouse style. It is on casters for mobility and costs $349.99. Savings: $1,149.01 or 77 percent.

Bedrooms and small spaces deserve a nice media cabinet too. The Caroline and Tristan Media Chest from Neiman Marcus has four drawers and two fixed shelves for storage. It costs $1299. The Alyn Media Chest has the same amount of storage space and a bowed front featured. It is a fraction of the cost, only $300.15. Savings: $998.85 or 77 percent.

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