Purchasing a new media console can be an incredibly exciting decision.
Whether you’re more a fan of the standard glass TV stands, the on-wall media centres or the sleek wooden TV cabinets, the media console you choose for your home will ultimately act as a centrepiece, drawing the eye and improving the overall wow-factor from your TV.
In other words, you want it to be eye-catching, rather than an eyesore. And the best way to do just that is by ensuring it’s as de-cluttered as possible.
When you combine your TV, games consoles, top box, DVDs, games and other ornaments, that’s a lot of stuff for your media console to the house. That’s not even mentioning all the extra stuff you might want to store as part of your media console – work papers, kid’s homework, books, you name it.
But, don’t lose hope. With the right time and effort, improving the organisation of your media console and embracing a slice of post-pandemic interior design in your home can be a lot easier than you might think.
In this article, we will take a detailed look at some effective ways to keep your media console free of clutter, highlighting some of the best design ideas to utilise when trying to re-organise your home.
While it may sound fairly obvious, if you have a lot of stuff to fit in your media console, storage can be your best friend.
Units like the KALLAX range by IKEA offer a great way of keeping your cables, remote controls and other bits and bobs out of sight and out of mind. Plus, they are relatively inexpensive to purchase and, being such a popular design option, are often available on preloved sites like eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
You could even invest in a variety of baskets to match the colour scheme of your living space, seamlessly blending your well thought out storage options into the background. If you do choose to do this, using a label maker to mark out which basket contains which items are a great way of keeping on top of things, allowing you to find them a lot more easily.
Invest in cable management
There is nothing more unsightly than seeing all of the cables that your TV, games consoles, lamps and other electronically-controlled units use. So, why not think about investing in some form of cable management system to either hide them away completely or make them a lot more manageable?
Cable clips, for example, make it easy to clip your cables to the wall, allowing them to seamlessly follow the groove of your skirting boards. On the other hand, cable trunking is a useful way to hide multiple cables in one go, housing them within a plastic covering that can be cut to your specific measurements.
Alternatively, if you’d still like to access your cables but want to know which one is which, adding coloured cord labels is a super chic – and super cheap – way of doing exactly that. That way, you’ll know which plug to unplug should you ever need to move one of your appliances.
Use the in-drawer space
Media consoles come in all shapes and sizes but, generally speaking, most will come with some form of drawer space for you to put things in.
If you have this space available on your media console, it’s easy to utilise it to its maximum. All you need to do is invest in a few in-drawer storage solutions, such as small baskets or an in-drawer tray.
When you have this in place, you will then be able to organise all your extra bits accordingly. From small game cartridges to remote controls to controllers to batteries, having these smaller compartments available to store your loose bits in can be an absolute godsend when de-cluttering your personal space.
Media consoles have a reputation for being messy and disorganised but, when set up in the right way, they can offer a whole lot more.
Whatever the type of TV set-up you are looking to achieve in your house, by thinking carefully about how you want it to look and function, you can help prevent messy cables and poorly utilised storage space from being a major issue.