used entertainment center – Initially you may think choosing a TV stand is a simple thing to do, but it’s just once you start looking, which you realise how vast the choices are. Different colours, some made of glass, some wood, some metal or a combination, corner stands, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list goes on.
So Where Do You Begin?
Size of the TV Stand
This is very important since the stand must be big enough, but not so big that it dwarfs your TV and seems too big. Stands are usually quoted as being suitable for TVs up to a particular size. This means you should not put a TV on it that is larger than that which is recommended, however you can get away with TVs which are slightly smaller.
Tip: Check your TV dimensions and compare this to the stand, particularly the width. It will seem strange if the TV overhangs the edge, and it may not be safe. If you think you may upgrade to a bigger TV in the near future, you may want to consider obtaining a stand that is a bit bigger than what you want. Not too big though, otherwise your existing TV will look out of place on a stand that is far too big for it. Plus some stands with mounts will only be suitable for TVs within a specific size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Would You Want the Stand to Be?
These kinds of stands frequently come in a more traditional style box like shape. They generally have drawers, enclosed doors or shelves on the front. Many TV cabinets are also generally made of wood 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 the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or board.
With these stands your TV is mounted on a bracket, which raises the TV above the stand. This is a good alternative if you’re looking for a contemporary appearance 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 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 stands are great if you’re tight on space, since you’ll have the ability to push the stand further in the corner and save a few much needed centimetres.
Most wooden TV stands are normally made out of wooden veneers not solid wood, helping to keep down the cost. You should ideally look for exactly the same type of wood as your existing furniture, so it matches up and doesn’t look out of place.
Based upon the make and model, TV stands can come in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, walnut, walnut or walnut.
Tips: Should you enjoy a particular type of stand but do not enjoy the type of wood, it’s worth asking if other kinds of wood are available (contact us). If you want a better quality stand, look for models which are created with ‘actual’ wood veneers, as they are usually hard to tell from actual solid wood.
Again as the name implies these stands are mainly made of glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Tip: Lots of glass stands come with either clear or black glass shelves. So if you just see a black glass variation but want clear glass, it’s always worth asking since both versions are often available.
Coloured TV Stands
Even though the most popular stand color these days is black, you’ll also locate them in silver, white and red. Some more modern designs are also available in a high gloss finish. So look out for colours that’ll fit in and compliment your room layout.