Dumb Hacks: Convert A Miniature Bookcase Into A Cheap Console Display

The problem with being a gamer is all the bloody consoles. Even if you're a past-rejecting Millennial who refuses to play retro games, you still need to make room for around five or six machines; plus cables and controllers. Most home entertainment units simply aren't up to the task — which is why you should use a miniature bookcase instead.

When it comes to purchasing a new home entertainment unit, most gamers have a hard time finding something that fits their particular storage needs. Often, the solution they're looking for is in a completely different furniture section.

Most small bookcases and general-purpose shelving units are far more proficient at displaying video game consoles. As an added bonus, they're also usually cheaper and provide more space for easier access and better air ventilation.

The beauty of this furniture "hack" is that it requires almost no effort or DIY know-how: simply drag a small, backless shelving unit into the required position and load it with your gaming gear. Depending on how sturdy the unit is, you can also plonk your TV on top.


    Yeah, finding furniture that fits your usecase is not a hack.

      I totally hacked fantastic furniture and got a home entertainment unit that fit all my consoles and AV amp for retail price ooh yeah.

      it even has cable management holes in the backing board.

      Last edited 21/01/15 3:04 pm


      So much that.

      My consoles live in a 5x1 Expedit unit on its side with fabric doors over each cube made from art canvas frames, on little steel legs. Everything hides away but can still breathe when being used.

      Even that is hardly a hack!

      Last edited 21/01/15 3:13 pm

    Gee, tough crowd. I'm taking my DIY entertainment unit and going home. (You can keep the books.)

      hahaha. At least you have a good sense of humour about it.

      But I did read your article and think "has he never seen an entertainment unit before?"

      I honestly can't work out if this is meant to be a parody article. If so, congratulations, the best parodies are the ones where you can't tell if the writer is serious or not.

      If you are serious, well, um... I guess it's a cheap option? Gonna get dusty pretty quickly, though.

    I have two of these stuck together. Draws on the 4 outer slots; Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, apple TV and switchbox on the inner 4 slots, with frosted glass sliding doors covering them. Fully open in the back, works beautifully.

      That's pretty neat.

      This is mine when I started:


      Wii u, 360, gamecube, ps3 slim in there. There's also a left/right speaker and sub/amp hidden in the end panels. I replaced the doors and end panels with art canvasses with the canvas removed and replaced with stretchy, textured material so they could breathe and get an IR signal through for the surround receiver.

        No kids...


          I only have another good years, I'm living like they're my last!

          Furniture with sharp corners, improvised holidays, a car with two seats.

          But I'm sure being a parent is great, too!

    Wow, I still have a VCR also! :p

    "Man discovers that shelf is useful for putting things on."

    Only on Kotaku.

    Small bookcases?


    What's wrong with a few bricks and a couple of planks of pine?

    Or a bunch of milk crates?

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