small entertainment cabinet – At first you may think choosing a TV stand is a simple thing to do, but it is only once you begin searching, which you realise how enormous the choices are. Various colours, a few made of glass, some wood, a few metal or a combination, corner racks, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list goes on.
So Where Do You Begin?
Size of the TV Stand
This is essential because the stand must be big enough, but not too big that it dwarfs your TV and looks too big. Stands are usually quoted as being suitable for TVs up to a particular size. This means you shouldn’t put a TV on it that’s larger than that which is advocated, but you can eliminate TVs which are marginally smaller.
Tip: Check your TV dimensions and compare that to the stand, in particular the width. It will look odd if the TV overhangs the edge, and it may not be safe. If you believe you may upgrade to a bigger TV in the near future, you may wish to think about getting a stand that’s a bit bigger than what you need. Not too big though, otherwise your current TV will look out of place on a stand that’s way too big for this. Plus a few racks with brackets will only be suitable for TVs within a certain size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Do You Want the Stand to Be?
These kinds of stands frequently arrive in a more traditional fashion box like shape. They generally have drawers, enclosed doors or shelves on the front. Most TV cabinets are also generally made of timber as the primary material, and a few may have glass doors.
Suggestion: If you are going to set your equipment like SKY, DVD player etc inside the cupboard, you’ll need to be certain the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or panel.
Cantilever TV Stands
With these racks your TV is mounted on a bracket, which increases the TV over the stand. This is a great alternative if you’re searching for a modern look and is only feasible for LCD and plasma TVs.
Corner TV Stands
As the name implies, these racks are for when you set the TV in the corner of the space. The stand looks just like a normal stand out of the front, but it narrows slightly towards the back, so it fits more snuggly into a corner.
Tip: Corner racks are great if you’re tight on space, because you’ll have the ability to push the stand further in the corner and spare a couple of much needed centimetres.
Wooden TV Stands
Most wooden TV stands are normally made out of wooden veneers not good wood, helping to keep the cost down. You should ideally look for exactly the same sort of timber as your current furniture, so it fits up and doesn’t look out of place.
Based on the make and model, TV stands can arrive in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: If you enjoy a particular style of stand but don’t enjoy the type of wood, it is worth asking if other kinds of timber are available (contact us here). If you’d like a better quality stand, look for models which are made with ‘actual’ wood veneers, as they are usually hard to tell from actual good wood.
Again as the name implies these racks are mainly made of 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.
Coloured TV Stands
While the hottest stand color nowadays is black, you’ll also find them in silver, white and red. Some more contemporary designs are also offered in a high gloss finish. So keep an eye out for colours that’ll fit in and enhance your room design.