used entertainment center – Initially you may think choosing a TV stand is a easy matter to do, but it is only when you begin searching, that you realise how vast the options are. Different colors, a few made of glass, some wood, a few metallic or a mix, corner racks, TV cabinets, cantilever stands, the list goes on.
So Where Do You Begin?
Size of the TV Stand
This is essential because the rack must be large enough, but not so large that it dwarfs your TV and looks too large. Stands are often quoted as being suitable for TVs up to a certain size. This means that you shouldn’t put a TV on it that’s larger than that which is advocated, however you can eliminate TVs that are marginally smaller.
Hint: Assess your TV dimensions and compare this to the rack, in particular the width. It will look strange if the TV overhangs the edge, and it might not be safe. If you think you might upgrade to a bigger TV in the near future, you may 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 look out of place on a stand that’s far too large 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?
These kinds of stands frequently arrive in a more conventional style box like shape. They generally have drawers, enclosed shelves or doors on front. Most TV cabinets are also generally made of wood as the main material, and a few might have glass doors.
Tip: If you are going to put your gear like SKY, DVD player etc inside the cupboard, you’ll want to make sure that the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or board.
Cantilever TV Stands
With these racks that your TV is mounted on a mount, which increases the TV above the stand. This is a great alternative if you’re searching for a modern appearance and is only feasible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As the name implies, these racks are for if you put the TV in the corner of the room. The stand looks just like a normal stand from the front, but it narrows slightly towards the back, so it fits more snuggly into a corner.
Hint: Corner racks are great if you are tight on space, because you’ll have the ability to push the rack further into the corner and spare a couple of much needed centimetres.
Wooden TV Stands
Most wooden TV stands are usually made out of wooden veneers not good wood, helping to keep down the cost. You should ideally start looking for exactly the exact same type of wood as your current furniture, so it fits up and doesn’t look out of place.
Depending upon the model and make, TV stands may arrive in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: If you like a specific style of rack but don’t like the kind of wood, it is worth asking if other kinds of wood are available (contact us here). If you want a better quality rack, start looking for models that are made with ‘actual’ wood veneers, as they’re usually hard to tell from actual good wood.
Again as the name implies these racks are primarily made of glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Hint: Many glass racks come with either black or clear glass shelves. Therefore, if you only find a black glass version but want clear glass, it is always worth asking because both versions are often available.
Even though the most popular stand colour nowadays is black, you’ll also locate them in silver, white and even red. Some more modern designs are also available in a high gloss finish. So look out for colors that will fit in and compliment your room layout.