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Repurpose an Entertainment Unit

Updated on August 14, 2017
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Minimalism is catching on and I'm excited about streamlining. I'm sharing what I've learned about decluttering and simplifying our lives.

Oversized Entertainment Units No Longer Wanted, But Think Again. They Have Great Potential.

These chunky pieces of furniture fell out-of-fashion when flat screen televisions no longer fit them.
These chunky pieces of furniture fell out-of-fashion when flat screen televisions no longer fit them. | Source

Turn an Unwanted Entertainment Unit into Useful Storage

Just a few years ago, every household proudly displayed their television and other electronics on a large entertainment unit. These fell out of favor when flat screen televisions grew larger and larger and would no longer fit in the average entertainment center.

These became an item that was difficult to dispose of as it was too large for easy transportation to Goodwill and the charity shops didn't want to pick them up. No one wanted to buy them, as their television was too big for it too.

The ideal is to repurpose these large pieces of furniture. They usually are attractive wooden pieces with lots of shelves and drawers. Those shelves and drawers previously held other electronic components and stored DVDs or even further back, video cassettes. Because these oversized furniture pieces were a primary feature in the living room or family room, they are in good shape even if they are years old.

What can you do with a clunky, unwanted entertainment unit? Look below for some ideas to put these to good use in your home. Pantry, linen cupboard, and wine cabinet are just a few of the ideas.

Check below to see some great ideas to make use of an entertainment unit to solve some of your storage problems.

10 New Ways to Use an Entertainment Center

  1. Wardrobe for the baby's room (add a hanging bar & storage baskets)
  2. Play kitchen for a child
  3. Linen closet
  4. Wine cabinet and bar
  5. Jacket and outerwear storage for entryway or mud room
  6. China cabinet for dining room
  7. Pantry
  8. Home office supply cabinet
  9. Craft room supply organizer (even add a drop down table for your sewing machine)
  10. Storage for potting supplies

My pinboard on Pinterest where I pin ideas for repurjposing these.
My pinboard on Pinterest where I pin ideas for repurjposing these. | Source

Entertainment Unit Turned into a Linen Cupboard

What Can You Make from an Entertainment Unit? Make a Linen Closet

Who would think to turn an entertainment center into a linen cupboard? Juhls thought to do this and it's great. The shelves and drawers are great for holding linens.
Who would think to turn an entertainment center into a linen cupboard? Juhls thought to do this and it's great. The shelves and drawers are great for holding linens. | Source

Make Use of Existing Shelves for Storage

The big plus on these chunky furniture pieces is the number of shelves and drawers that you can put to immediate use. In the linen cupboard above, no changes had to be made to hold a good supply of sheets for the family.


I like the way she converted this. Since I collect antique quilts, the glass doors would show off the pretty patterns of those.

— Virginia Allain

Use Inexpensive Organizers for the Space without Shelves

The section where the television previously sat is a big open space. It would be okay for a stack of folded blankets if you keep very many in reserve.

In this case, the homemaker opted to use that space for toiletry supplies. Using easily purchased stacking shelves, she converted that open space into useful storage for small items.

Store Bathroom Supplies Behind the Closed Doors of an Entertainment Unit

Half of this repurposed entertainment unit is a linen closet and when you open the other door, you find bathroom supplies. Clever!
Half of this repurposed entertainment unit is a linen closet and when you open the other door, you find bathroom supplies. Clever! | Source

By adding plastic stacked drawers inside the unit, it lets you sort all the small supplies that you stock in for the bathroom. Put Q-Tips, cotton balls, band-aids, and other items in those drawers.

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Entertainment Unit Turned into a China Cupboard

Combine 2 Entertainment Units to Form a Large China Cabinet

These are two ends of an entertainment center that Juhls pushed together to make a hutch.
These are two ends of an entertainment center that Juhls pushed together to make a hutch. | Source

Where to Get an Entertainment Unit

  • Watch neighborhood buy-and-sell groups on Facebook or through Next Door Neighbors or CraigsList.
  • Check at Goodwill and other thrift shops.
  • Put the word around to friends.
  • Keep an eye out as you drive around. Sometimes people put them by the curb for bulk trash pickup.

Make a Coat Closet Near Your Door with an Entertainment Unit

Store Jackets in a Repurposed Entertainment Unit

Add a clothes rod to the largest section of the unit. You can store mittens, mufflers and hats in the drawers. In this one, they keep exercise gear in the drawers.
Add a clothes rod to the largest section of the unit. You can store mittens, mufflers and hats in the drawers. In this one, they keep exercise gear in the drawers. | Source

An Entertainment Center Transformed into a Pantry

Go to the article to see more photos and tips for  conversion.
Go to the article to see more photos and tips for conversion. | Source

How to Convert an Entertainment Center into a Wine Cabinet or Bar

Turn an Entertainment Unit into a Wine Storage Space

Get an insert to covert the large opening into a wine rack or if you do woodworking, make that yourself.
Get an insert to covert the large opening into a wine rack or if you do woodworking, make that yourself. | Source

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I gave the above entertainment center to a friend in my writing club. She wanted it for a small TV in her guest room.

In trying to entice someone to take it, I'd devised the graphic showing how it could be repurposed into wine storage and a mini-bar. I liked the ideas so much, that I'm a bit sorry that I gave it away.

You can read about my experience trying to have ours removed. Since they are large and hard to transport, people are reluctant to take them. That's when I started researching other uses for them.


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© 2017 Virginia Allain

What Ideas Do You Have for Repurposing an Entertainment Unit?

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      Amandacritchley7 6 days ago

      I'd love to see the end result bet it'll look fab

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      Amandacritchley7 6 days ago

      Sand it down and colour wash it in seaside colours add new modern knobs and handles, you could line draws with modern wallpaper again in a seaside theme