used entertainment center – Initially you might think picking a TV stand is a easy matter to do, but it is just once you start looking, that you realise how vast the choices are. Different colors, some made from glass, some wood, some metal or a combination, corner stands, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, this list goes on.
So Where Do You Begin?
Size of this TV Stand
This is very important since the stand has to be large enough, but not so large that it dwarfs your TV and seems too large. Stands are usually quoted as being appropriate for TVs up to a particular size. As a consequence, that you should not put a TV on it that is larger than that which is advocated, but you can eliminate TVs that are slightly smaller.
Tip: Check your TV measurements and compare that to the stand, particularly 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 might wish to consider getting a stand that is slightly bigger than what you want. Not too large though, otherwise your existing TV will look strange on a stand that is way too large for this. Plus some stands with brackets will only be appropriate for TVs in a certain size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Do You Want the Stand?
These kinds of stands often arrive in a more traditional style box like shape. They usually have drawers, enclosed shelves or doors on front. Many TV cabinets are also usually made from wood as the primary material, and some may have glass doors.
Tip: If you are going to put your equipment like SKY, DVD player etc within the cabinet, you’ll want to make sure the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or panel.
Cantilever TV Stands
With these stands your TV is mounted on a bracket, which raises the TV over the stand. This is a good option if you’re looking for a contemporary look and is just feasible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As the name implies, these stands are for if you put the TV in the corner of this room. 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 stands are great if you are tight on space, since you’ll have the ability to push the stand farther in the corner and spare a couple of much needed centimetres.
Most wooden TV stands are usually made with wooden veneers not solid wood, helping to keep down the cost. You should ideally look for exactly the exact same type of wood as your existing furniture, so it fits up and does not look strange.
Depending on the model and make, TV stands can arrive in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, walnut, walnut or walnut.
Tips: If you enjoy a specific type of stand but do not enjoy the type of wood, it is worth asking if other kinds of wood 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 difficult to tell from real solid wood.
Glass TV Stands
Again as the name implies these stands are mainly made from glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Tip: Many glass stands come with either clear or black glass shelves. Therefore, if you just see a black glass version but need transparent glass, it is always worth asking since both versions are often offered.
Coloured TV Stands
While the most popular stand colour nowadays is black, you’ll also locate them in silver, white and even red. Some more contemporary designs will also be offered in a high gloss finish. So look out for colors that will fit in and enhance your room design.