used entertainment center – At first you might think choosing a TV stand is a easy thing to do, but it is just once 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 mix, corner stands, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list goes on.
So Where Do You Begin?
Size of the TV Stand
This is essential since the stand must be large enough, but not so large that it dwarfs your TV and looks too large. Stands are often quoted as being appropriate for TVs up to a particular size. This means you shouldn’t put a TV on it that is larger than what is recommended, however you can get away with TVs that are marginally smaller.
Hint: Check your TV dimensions and compare that to the stand, particularly the width. It will look odd if the TV overhangs the border, and it may not be safe. If you believe you may upgrade to a bigger TV in the near future, you might want to think about getting a stand that’s a bit bigger than what you want. Not too large though, otherwise your current TV will appear out of place on a stand that’s way too large for it. Plus a few stands with mounts will only be appropriate for TVs within a certain size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Would You Want the Stand?
These kinds of stands often arrive in a more conventional style box like shape. They generally have drawers, enclosed doors or shelves on the front. Many TV cabinets are also generally made from wood as the primary material, and a few may have glass doors.
Suggestion: If you’re going to set your gear like SKY, DVD player etc inside the cabinet, you will want to make sure the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or board.
With these stands that your TV is mounted on a mount, which raises the TV above the stand. This is a great option if you’re searching for a contemporary look and is just possible for LCD and plasma TVs.
Corner TV Stands
As its name implies, these stands are for when you set the TV in the corner of the room. The stand appears just like a normal stand out of the front, but it narrows slightly towards the trunk, so that it fits more snuggly into a corner.
Hint: Corner stands are great if you’re tight on space, since you are going to be able to push the stand further in the corner and spare 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 down the cost. You should ideally start looking for the exact same type of wood as your current furniture, so that it fits up and does not look out of place.
Depending on the model and make, TV stands can arrive in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: Should you enjoy a specific style of stand but do not enjoy the kind of wood, it is worth asking whether other kinds of wood are available (contact us). If you’d like a better quality stand, start looking for models that are made with ‘real’ wood veneers, as they are usually hard to tell from real good wood.
Glass TV Stands
Again as its name implies these stands are mainly made from glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Hint: Many glass stands come with either clear or black glass shelves. Therefore, if you just see a black glass variation but need clear glass, it is always worth asking since both versions are often offered.
Even though the hottest stand colour nowadays is black, you will also find 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 enhance your room design.