Every home is different and everyone has different needs.
Televisions need to have their own area, whether hung or encased, they need to be placed properly in a family room.
I know the best place to shop for television entertainment units that offer flexibility and can be completely customized.
Oh did I mention you won’t have to use your food budget in order to afford this entertainment unit as you can add on anytime, and change it up as you go?
The typical furniture places try to sell you what they have in stock, or what has worked best for their clients and they are selling you what they have, but not what WORKS for you.
I am so over pushy salespeople telling me what I need so I can pay their commission check.
Lavishly live my latest DIY out loud as I show you the best place to shop for television entertainment centers.
The Truth Of Remodeling
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Really, listen to me furniture people: I want practicality, the ability to stack, change, and switch out where doors go, where baskets go, and what is seen and not seen.
I don’t want the impractical pieces that you sell for thousands of dollars that can’t be reconfigured, updated or changed out, you bore me.
Since my readers are the same, get ready, as I am about to take your shoppers away and turn them on to something incredibly versatile and affordable.
What I am not is a cookie-cutter person, nor a cookie-cutter home nor are my readers.
Furniture shops. We are not One Size Fits All.
Best Place To Shop For Television Entertainment Centers
The day is coming quicker than I imagined and while our team may not be playing, we have now conceded to cheer on another team.
I plan on providing Cheer power to whatever team I dislike the least, lol! That is how it goes in every house right?
Now it is all about how to get ready for the big game. I will tell you we all know it is about Television and Food and nothing else matters.
For us, it’s time for a DIY in our Family Room.
We needed to give the television the best possible arrangement for our viewing pleasure.
Additionally, we needed to provide the television the best seat in the house!
Darn, did I give it away? You bet, so start taking notes, because IKEA offers the most flexible, changeable, budget-enabling, complete product that YOU will find anywhere. Trust me, I am Queen Shop and if I did not believe in IKEA or it’s products there is no way it would show up on my website. I love this store because growing families have furniture growing pains and IKEA solves everything.
Figuring Out Your Room Needs
My chief complaint about our spacious family room is that it is so open and big that it offers no storage, but things are about to get changed.
Before we cheer on a team, party, and celebrate, field goals, hockey goals, we need to showcase our television.
We need to be able to see the television clearly, yet gain storage, we are a large family!
Blankets, movies, music, toys, trinkety stuff from trips, photos and more are all around the room, but it never feels picked up.
The television is currently sitting on a glass stand and while was the decor trend a few years back, it looks like a sore thumb sticking out in our room.
PULL THINGS TOGETHER
We need to mesh the colors, get the deep-colored wood and add in drawers, shelving and a nice resting area for the television that fits with its size.
Right now, the television is not really on that glass table, and it is more hanging off the sides!
I beg the boys to be careful while they pretend tackling and not to roll on into it during one of their in-house football tackles.
It’s off to IKEA Pittsburgh to save the day from not working out in our family room.
There I can configure my Entertainment Center.
Look out IKEA here we come!
See some salesperson sold me this glass piece, telling me that it was, “all the had in stock and what ‘EVERYBODY’ was buying.”
A few years back, I listened, and guess what? I will never let a salesperson Cookie Cutter my home up with something that totally does not fit my taste ever again.
It actually pains me to look at the top 2 photos, and how bad the room looked.
Could I possibly have been in here with blindfolds the last 2 years to not have seen the total YUCK in design?
What was I thinking?
Ready To Hustle
You can already see an extreme change-up in the room, that is so much for the better.
The color or this unit is awesome with our brown leather couches and of course, we are still putting it together.
The Far Right and Far Left are KALLAX – these are wonderful because you can leave them open, close them off with drawers, baskets or doors.
Do note, they NEED to be secured to the wall for safety.
DRAWERS, CABINETS AND MORE
I am going to be adding in drawers, cabinets, clear glass and baskets to make this center hide my stuff or display it.
The thing about it is, I can make it work for my house.
Kallax on either of the sides could have been added on later if we could not afford to do it all at once and the top piece (BESTA) could be added on.
We did it now, I must have this system altogether at one time, not later! Why? The mess must tamper down!
There is no one size fits all at IKEA.
I am so over-the-top compulsive I had to have an equal balance which is why KALLAX is on both sides.
Also, you might note that the top piece (BESTA) offers three drawers on the main console and you will see up above the hanging BESTA offers 3 storage areas as well.
However, it could have just been two, we took a 2 piece and added an additional single BESTA to match my OCD needs, lol!
IKEA SHOPPING LIST for your Television Entertainment Centers
Now for a list of what I chose from IKEA to make this whole unit come together and then I will share more photos.
Remember, pick and choose the pieces you want, and make it your own, there are so many options!
BESTA frame: small
BESTA frame: Medium
BESTA frame: large (in 2 boxes)
BESTA drawer frame: small box
2 KALLAX Units
4 KALLAX doors
6 BESTA shelves
1 BESTA drawer runner (2pk)
3 HANVIKEN door/drawer fronts
3 SINDVIK glass doors
3 BESTA suspension rails (hangs top BESTA to the wall)
5 BESTA hinges
3 glass shelves
The items that will help me get my entertainment unit put together just make sense, as they can be interlocked, mixed up and really have multiple uses in a home.
We have applied them to our entertainment unit.
The side Kallax that you see is the same kind that my daughter uses in her dorm room for shelving, so there is no ONE way to use decor and furniture from IKEA and that is what I love.
You can just keep on reusing it when you stop using it for what you originally bought it for! SCORE, Touchdown, a winning combination.
If you are ready to bring on the flexibility of configuring a piece of furniture that can store exactly what you need.
Add doors where you want, drawers and open shelving as much or as little as you need it’s time to use the BESTA Planner and then head to IKEA.
What is the most challenging thing about finding a great entertainment system?
Most furniture providers give you what they want you to have, not what you might want. What if you could configure your own piece of furniture?
I wanted drawers and some hidden compartments (solved by glass doors), and some baskets to the kids could quickly access their things.
We did not want what OTHERS have, we want what we want to make it work for our home and that is why we shop at IKEA Pittsburgh.
The BESTA System delivers so many options, it is so versatile you might lose yourself in imagination land configuring.
You can add drawers, doors, leave it open and configure the whole thing how YOU want it to be.
There is no right, no wrong, in fact, it is crazy great to look at this and figure out how many ways you can change it to meet your needs.
PLAN BESTA for your Television Entertainment Centers
Start planning with the Besta Planning System here and then when you go to the store you will have a good idea of what you are after and you can ask questions that the staff can answer!
The BESTA Planner allows you to configure your room and wall space and drag and drop BESTA pieces in so you can see how it will look.
Keep a running total of your price and all of the parts and pieces you’ll need to create your perfect storage solution.
For us, it is going to be drawers, and doors, because I have to contain stuff and I don’t want the whole world looking in.
Now let’s add more shelving about the BESTA Unit so we have even more storage and it looks a bit more finished. Ready?
KALLAX for your Television Entertainment Centers
My Side Kallax is the awesome shelving units that can stand straight up, or on their sides, pretty much, however, you need them to work.
The Kallax make storage easy. A few will have doors, and drawers and baskets and guess what?
You won’t be able to see the messes in those areas, but you could if I left them uncovered.
Really, this is the best way to purchase furniture because you make it yours.
Pre-designed is not for everyone.
Make the furniture fit your life and that is the beauty of IKEA.
Random wonderful configurations letting everyone express themselves only leaving common pieces like shelves, drawers, and doors that we can choose from.
The Kallax & The Besta System – Television Entertainment Centers
I chose where I wanted the drawers and open shelving and made the decision of doors that popped open and did not require handles.
NO finger slamming was a concern, as we had a piece with a door before and the kids hurt themselves on it, so IKEA has a soft close so that there is no door slamming.
Decisions, decisions and all brought to you by IKEA. Now it’s time to add on the television to see how things are coming together.
IKEA SHOPPING TIP
Remember to become part of the IKEA FAMILY because there are discounts on items throughout the store every month for members and shhh, the membership is free.
What DIY project will you do? Want to see the drastic change-up again?
Oh Yeah, it’s getting there. While we still have to add-in our doors, drawers, and shelving, we built this up inside of 2 nights with only a few hours total.
The tools we used the most are our RYOBI Drill a wonderful power tool that gets our kudos!
We are so close to ready for Game Day, I can’t wait to finish, but seriously what a difference right? This system is everything I have wanted and more and it matches, keeps the eye flowing all around the room and the dark color is what makes this gorgeous in my opinion.
My home is my House and My decor reflects my needs, isn’t that how it should be?
Thanks to the furniture people doing it all wrong out there it left a place for IKEA to do it all right!
That’s why IKEA is the Best Place To Shop For Television Entertainment Centers!
This system is everything I have wanted and more and it matches, keeps the eye flowing all around the room and the dark color is what makes this gorgeous in my opinion.
~ Dana XO