Well guys, I just got back from a trip to Target with the wife and a tape measure. The Target stand I mentioned upstream a few posts has one problem that may or may not be a major issue. The shelves on each side that are enclosed behind the glass doors are only 15" wide so no standard video components will fit in them. I suppose some of the cheap DVD and VCRs would, but certainly not a DirecTV receiver or Samsung 941. So the only thing they will be good for is storing DVDs and remotes and that sort of thing. My idea was to put the components behind the glass doors and a center speaker on the center shelf but that won't work. The center shelf should hold a component and the drawer below the center shelf (it looks like 2 drawers but is only a single deep drawer) could hold another component I suppose. But then you'd need to make sure you had adequate cable lengths to allow for opening and shutting a drawer.
If you buy the matching tower for components it would be fine as the tower has wide enough shelves.
Another thing, the legs on this stand are plastic and pretty cheapy. It looks like you could easily leave them off completely and set it on the floor without legs to go lower, or else get casters from Home Depot and replace the legs with casters that would be a few inches lower. Home Depot and Lowes actually have a very big selection of different types of furniture casters that will go on just about any type of furniture.
Looks like I'm back to considering the Ikea Oppli stand which is 15 3/4" high and 59" wide. That is pretty close to my ideal height and will work good for the kids on the floor. I'll just have to make sure the shelves are wide enough to take my components. It is this one:http://www.ikea-usa.com/webapp/wcs/s...roductId=11149
If the Oppli doesn't work out I might just buy some birch plywood and veneer strip and make one exactly like it but wider. Home Depot has all of the same furniture attachment hardware that places like Ikea use so if you have a circular saw, clamps, drill, and sander you can pretty much make any of these simple items.
Oh, and finally, I checked the specs for the techcraft stand that is part of the powerbuy. It is 24" high so if we are going by the thread discussion, it would be 6" too high for my circumstances.