entertainment center cabinet – Initially you might think picking a TV stand is a simple thing to do, but it is only once you start looking, which you realise how enormous the options are. Various colours, some made from glass, some wood, some metallic or a mix, corner racks, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list goes on.
Size of the TV Stand
This is essential because the rack has to be large enough, but not too large that it dwarfs your TV and seems too large. Stands are usually quoted as being suitable for TVs up to a certain size. As a consequence, that you shouldn’t put a TV on it that’s bigger than what is recommended, but you can get away with TVs which are slightly smaller.
Tip: Assess your TV measurements and compare this to the rack, particularly the width. It will look odd if the TV overhangs the edge, and it may not be safe. If you think you may upgrade to a bigger TV in the near future, you might wish to consider getting a stand that is a bit bigger than what you want. Not too large though, otherwise your current TV will appear strange on a stand that is way too large for this. Plus some racks with brackets will only be suitable for TVs within a specific size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Would You Want the Stand?
These kinds of stands often come in a more conventional style box like shape. They generally have drawers, enclosed doors or shelves on the front. Most TV cabinets are also generally made from timber as the primary material, and some may have glass doors.
Tip: If you are going to set your gear like SKY, DVD player etc inside the cupboard, you’ll want to make sure that the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or board.
Cantilever TV Stands
With these racks that your TV is mounted on a mount, which increases the TV over the stand. This is a good option if you’re looking for a contemporary look and is only possible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As the name suggests, these racks are for if you set the TV in the corner of the space. The stand looks the same as a normal stand from the front, but it narrows slightly towards the back, so that it matches snuggly into a corner.
Tip: Corner racks are great if you are tight on space, because you’ll be able to push the rack further in the corner and save a couple of much needed centimetres.
Most wooden TV stands are normally made out of wooden veneers not good wood, helping to keep down the cost. You should ideally start looking for the same sort of timber as your current furniture, so that it fits up and doesn’t look strange.
Based upon the model and make, TV stands can come in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: Should you like a specific type of rack but don’t like the kind of wood, it is worth asking whether other kinds of timber are available (contact us). If you’d like a better quality rack, start looking for models which are made with ‘real’ wood veneers, since they are usually hard to tell from real good wood.
Again as the name suggests these racks are mainly made from glass, usually comprising 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Tip: Many glass racks come with either black or clear glass shelves. So if you only see a black glass variation but want clear glass, it is always worth asking because both versions are often offered.
While the hottest stand colour these days is black, you’ll also locate them in silver, white and red. Some more modern designs are also offered in a high gloss finish. So keep an eye out for colours that’ll fit in and compliment your room design.