used entertainment center – At first you may think choosing a TV stand is a simple thing to do, but it is only once you start looking, that you realise how vast the options are. Different colors, some made from glass, some wood, some metal or a combination, corner stands, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list continues.
Size of the TV Stand
This is essential since the stand has to 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 that you shouldn’t put a TV on it that is bigger than that which is recommended, but you can get away with TVs that are slightly smaller.
Hint: Check your TV dimensions and compare that to the stand, in particular the width. It will look strange if the TV overhangs the edge, and it might not be safe. If you believe you might upgrade to a bigger TV in the not too distant future, you may want to consider getting a stand that is slightly bigger than what you need. Not too big though, otherwise your existing TV will appear strange on a stand that is far too big for it. Plus some stands with brackets will only be suitable for TVs in a certain size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Would You Want the Stand?
These types of stands often arrive in a more conventional style box like shape. They generally have drawers, enclosed doors or shelves on front. Many TV cabinets are also generally made from wood as the main material, and some might have glass doors.
Tip: If you are going to set your equipment like SKY, DVD player etc inside the cabinet, you’ll need to be certain that the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or board.
Cantilever TV Stands
With these stands that your TV is mounted on a bracket, which increases the TV over the stand. This is a good alternative if you’re looking for a contemporary look and is only feasible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As its name suggests, these stands are for when you set 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 stands are great if you are tight on space, since you’ll have the ability to push the stand farther in the corner and save a few 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 the exact same type of wood as your existing furniture, so it fits up and does not look strange.
Based on the make and model, TV stands may arrive in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, walnut, walnut or walnut.
Tips: If you enjoy a particular type of stand but don’t enjoy the type of wood, it is worth asking if other types of wood are available (contact us). If you want a better quality stand, look for models that are made with ‘actual’ wood veneers, since they are usually difficult to tell from actual good wood.
Again as its name suggests these stands are mainly made from glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Hint: Lots of glass stands come with either clear or black glass shelves. Therefore, if you only find a black glass version but want transparent glass, it is always worth asking since both versions are often offered.
Even though the most popular stand colour these days is black, you’ll also locate them in silver, white and even red. Some more contemporary designs are also offered in a high gloss finish. So look out for colors that will fit in and compliment your room design.