Splurge on the double Ikea Kallax shelf (it's only $5 more), lay it on its side, and it becomes a clutter-busting television stand. "When a TV is mounted on the wall, you need storage under it, period," says Pregenzer. "You don't want people to focus on the cable box, DVD cases, or gaming components. Storage allows you to keep all that ugliness at bay." Kallax shelving unit, $64.99; ikea.com.