used entertainment center – Initially you might think picking a TV stand is a easy matter to do, but it is just when you begin searching, that you realise how vast the choices are. Different colours, a few made from glass, some wood, a few metal or a combination, corner racks, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, this list continues.
Size of this TV Stand
This is very important because the stand has to 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 certain size. This means you shouldn’t put a TV on it that is bigger than that which is advocated, but you can get away with TVs that are slightly smaller.
Tip: Check your TV measurements and compare this to the stand, in particular the width. It will seem strange if the TV overhangs the edge, and it may not be safe. If you believe you may upgrade to a larger TV in the not too distant future, you might want to think about getting a stand that is slightly larger than what you need. Not too big though, otherwise your existing TV will appear strange on a stand that is 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 Would You Want the Stand to Be?
These types 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.
Tip: If you are going to put your equipment like SKY, DVD player etc within the cupboard, you’ll need to make sure the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or panel.
With these racks that your TV is mounted on a mount, which increases the TV above the stand. This is a good option if you’re searching for a modern look and is just feasible for LCD and plasma TVs.
Corner TV Stands
As its name implies, these racks are for if you put the TV in the corner of this room. The stand appears the same as a normal stand from the front, but it narrows slightly towards the back, so it matches 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 into the corner and spare a few much needed centimetres.
Wooden TV Stands
Most wooden TV stands are normally made out of wooden veneers not solid hardwood, helping to keep the cost down. You should ideally start looking for exactly the exact same sort of timber as your existing furniture, so it matches up and doesn’t look strange.
Based upon the model and make, TV stands may come in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: Should you like a specific style of stand but don’t like the kind of wood, it is worth asking if other types of timber are available (contact us here). If you’d like a better quality stand, start looking for models that are made with ‘actual’ wood veneers, since they’re usually difficult to tell from actual solid wood.
Glass TV Stands
Again as its name implies these racks are primarily made from glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Tip: Many glass racks come with either black or clear glass shelves. Therefore, if you just see a black glass variation but need clear glass, it is always worth asking because both versions are often offered.
Even though the hottest stand colour nowadays is black, you’ll also locate them in silver, white and even red. Some more modern designs will also be offered in a high gloss finish. So look out for colours that will fit in and compliment your room design.