Storage for the Essentials: Knu Entertainment Center

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Knu Entertainment Center

My very first entertainment center was a piece of junk. It was one of those cheap (my bad…inexpensive) pieces from Wal-Mart that had to be put together. It was made of a very lightweight MDF, and lets just say it didn’t last very long. The next was a behemoth from Best Buy that my husband and I almost broke the last time we moved because we couldn’t lift it. It was a sturdy piece, but it was also entirely too large — meaning it took over our living room.  I vowed that the next time we were in the market for a piece of TV center, it would be minimal and have just enough storage space for the essentials.

This entertainment center by Knu certainly fits the bill.  It is a compact 19.5” deep x 42” wide x 29.5” high, but with the popularity of flat panel TVs these days, you don’t need anything much larger than that. And if you’ll notice on TV decorating shows and in decorating magazine spreads, you rarely notice the TV, if there’s one in the room at all. That is because every designer knows the television shouldn’t be the focal point of any room if you can help it. And entertainment center like this one will keep it within reach without dominating the other features of your room you’d prefer to highlight.

And the best part?  All you have do is attach the legs, and you have a piece of furniture that promises to last you for a long time.

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of FSC certified wood and powder-coated steel
  • Finished with an eco-friendly varnish
  • 100% carbon-offset production

Price: $1,349 (aff)

I may be opening the floodgates with this question, but I’d like to know what my readers are thinking. Would you spend $1300 on this piece of furniture, or any piece of storage furniture of comparable size? This is assuming, of course, that you can afford it. Leave a comment and let me know!

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  • Laura August 30, 2008, 11:09 am

    Very cool idea, but even if I had $1300 to spend on it, I’d probably take the idea down to the local thrift store and see what I could muster up.

    Lauras last blog post..HEART’S LEANING

  • meredith August 30, 2008, 11:02 am

    Well you have done it again! I love your site….this is a very cool piece! The problem with your site is I would need 12… 4 bedroom houses to get all the stuff I like…..and consumerism is NOT GREEN! lol lol A moral dilemma!!!!! Thanks for such a cool site!

  • Jennifer August 30, 2008, 2:06 pm

    I love this very nice looking would fit in great in my living room 🙂

    Jennifers last blog post..Watch Out For The Flying Bottle!!!!

  • Kathy August 30, 2008, 4:39 pm

    Don’t think (no, I’m sure) I would ever spend $1300 on a entertainment center. It’s a VERY nice piece but the price tag is way too steep for me.

    Thanks for the great blog!

  • shannon August 30, 2008, 5:01 pm

    Very Chic!! i like the idea of being versatile. However, with young ones, we are holding off on the big guns until we are sure it won’t look like it has gone through a war:) We got an awesome armoire entertainment center from Overstock for $300. i am dreaming of the day when little fingers won’t mar my beautiful furniture hehe.

    i like early mornings too, although me and snooze are good friends too:(

    Rock Star Maternity
    The Domestic Engineer’s Union

  • jennae August 30, 2008, 11:02 pm

    @meredith I know what you mean! Finding great items for this site takes care of my shopping fix without having to spend a dime, lucky for me. And as always, I never advocate buying any item just because it’s green and you “want” something new. Buy if you need it, or at the very least, if you’re planning on recycling, repurposing, donating or selling the item you’re replacing.

    @Laura Thrift shops can definitely yield hidden treasures, but I’ve never been able to find a table in good enough condition to put an expensive TV on. Hopefully you’ll have better luck 🙂

    @Kathy I’m sure there are lots of people who feel that way 🙂

    @shannon You make an excellent point. Even if you can afford it, there’s no pointing in spending loads of cash on furnishings the kids are likely to destroy anyway. Thankfully, my little girl hasn’t been hard on the furniture.

  • Tiaa August 31, 2008, 1:10 am

    Hi, I just came across your site. Very nice!! No, I doubt I would spend $1300 on this piece. I would keep shopping around or wait for a sale!! LOL!!

    Tiaa A

    Tiaas last blog post..Black and White Inspirations

  • Stephanie August 31, 2008, 1:34 am

    I have to admit it looks nice, would I spend that much on a piece of furniture probably not. But when I move I do plan on spending money on “real” furniture and avoiding places like Target, IKEA and wallmart. I’ve had the same dorm looking furniture for over 10 years I deserve to splurge.

  • jennae August 31, 2008, 8:28 am

    @Tiaa and Stephanie I think that for me, when I’m shopping for furniture, my biggest concern is that it’s eco-friendly. Sure, I’d like it to cost less, and I’ll definitely try to find the best deal I can. But if it’s a piece I really like, I think I’d pay a premium for wood that I know is FSC certified or otherwise sustainable. That’s just me, though 🙂

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