small entertainment cabinet – Initially you might think choosing a TV stand is a simple thing to do, but it is just once you start looking, that you realise how enormous the choices are. Various colors, some made of glass, some wood, some metal or a mix, corner racks, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list goes on.
So Where Do You Begin?
Size of the TV Stand
This is essential since the stand must be big enough, but not so big that it dwarfs your TV and looks too big. Stands are usually quoted as being appropriate for TVs up to a particular size. As a consequence, that you shouldn’t put a TV on it that’s larger than that which is recommended, however you can get away with TVs that are slightly smaller.
Hint: Assess your TV dimensions and compare this to the stand, particularly the width. It will look strange if the TV overhangs the border, and it may not be safe. If you believe you may upgrade to a larger TV in the not too distant future, you might wish to consider getting a stand that’s slightly larger than what you want. Not too big though, otherwise your existing TV will look strange on a stand that’s far too big for this. Plus some racks with mounts will only be appropriate for TVs within a certain size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Would You Want the Stand?
These kinds of stands frequently come in a more traditional style box like shape. They usually have drawers, enclosed shelves or doors on the front. Many TV cabinets are also usually made of timber as the primary material, and some may have glass doors.
Suggestion: If you are going to put your equipment like SKY, DVD player etc within the cupboard, you’ll want to be certain that the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or panel.
With these racks that your TV is mounted on a bracket, which increases the TV over the stand. This is a good option if you’re looking for a modern appearance and is just feasible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As its name implies, these racks are for when you put the TV in the corner of the space. The stand appears the same as a normal stand from the front, but it narrows slightly towards the back, so that it matches snuggly into a corner.
Hint: Corner racks are great if you are tight on space, since you are going to be able to push the stand further into the corner and save a couple of much needed centimetres.
Wooden TV Stands
Most wooden TV stands are normally made out of wooden veneers not solid wood, helping to keep the cost down. You should ideally look for the exact same sort of timber as your existing furniture, so that it matches up and does not look strange.
Depending on the make and model, TV stands may come in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, walnut, walnut or walnut.
Tips: If you enjoy a particular style of stand but do not enjoy the type of wood, it is worth asking whether other kinds of timber are available (contact us). If you want a better quality stand, look for models that are made with ‘real’ wood veneers, as they are usually difficult to tell from real solid wood.
Again as its name implies these racks are primarily made of glass, usually comprising 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Hint: Lots of glass racks come with either black or clear glass shelves. Therefore, if you just find a black glass variation but need clear glass, it is always worth asking since both versions are often offered.
Coloured TV Stands
Even though the most popular stand colour nowadays is black, you’ll also locate them in silver, white and red. Some more contemporary designs will also be offered in a high gloss finish. So keep an eye out for colors that will fit in and compliment your room layout.