small entertainment cabinet – Initially you might think picking a TV stand is a simple thing to do, but it is only when you start searching, that you realise how vast the choices are. Various colors, a few made from glass, some wood, a few metal or a mix, corner racks, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list goes on.
Size of the TV Stand
This is essential because the stand must be big enough, but not so big that it dwarfs your TV and looks too big. Stands are often quoted as being appropriate for TVs up to a certain size. As a consequence, you should not put a TV on it that’s larger than that which is recommended, but you can eliminate TVs that are marginally smaller.
Hint: Assess 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 larger TV in the near future, you might want to consider obtaining a stand that’s a bit larger than what you need. Not too big though, otherwise your existing TV will appear strange on a stand that’s far too big for it. Plus a few racks with brackets will only be appropriate for TVs in a certain size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Would You Want the Stand to Be?
These kinds of stands often come in a more traditional 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 a few may have glass doors.
Suggestion: If you’re going to put your equipment like SKY, DVD player etc inside the cupboard, you will need to be certain the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or board.
With these racks that your TV is mounted on a mount, which increases the TV over the stand. This is a great option if you’re searching for a modern look and is only feasible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As its name suggests, these racks are for when you put the TV in the corner of the space. The stand appears just like a normal stand from the front, but it narrows slightly towards the trunk, so it matches snuggly into a corner.
Hint: Corner racks are great if you are tight on space, because you are going to have the ability to push the stand farther in the corner and spare a couple of much needed centimetres.
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 same type of timber as your existing furniture, so it matches up and doesn’t look strange.
Based on the make and model, TV stands may come in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: Should you enjoy a particular type of stand but do not enjoy the kind of wood, it is worth asking whether other kinds of timber are available (contact us here). If you want a better quality stand, look for models that are created with ‘real’ wood veneers, as they’re usually hard to tell from real solid wood.
Glass TV Stands
Again as its name suggests these racks are mainly made from glass, usually comprising 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Hint: Lots of glass racks come with either clear or black glass shelves. So if you only find a black glass version but need clear glass, it is always worth asking because both versions are often available.
Coloured TV Stands
Even though the hottest stand colour nowadays is black, you will also locate them in silver, white and red. Some more modern designs will also be available in a high gloss finish. So keep an eye out for colors that will fit in and enhance your room layout.