where to buy a tv stand – Initially you might think picking a TV stand is a easy thing to do, but it is only once you start looking, that you realise how vast the choices are. Different colors, some made from glass, some wood, some metallic 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 has to be big enough, but not too big that it dwarfs your TV and seems too big. Stands are usually 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 advocated, however you can get away with TVs that are slightly smaller.
Hint: Check your TV dimensions and compare this to the stand, in particular the width. It will seem odd if the TV overhangs the edge, and it may not be safe. If you think you may upgrade to a larger TV in the near future, you might wish to consider getting a stand that’s slightly larger than what you want. Not too big though, otherwise your existing TV will appear strange on a stand that’s way too big for this. Plus some stands with mounts will only be appropriate for TVs in a certain size range.
Which Colour, Design and Material Would You Want the Stand?
These kinds of stands often arrive in a more traditional fashion box like shape. They usually have drawers, enclosed shelves or doors on front. Most TV cabinets are also usually made from timber 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 cupboard, you’ll want to make sure that the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or panel.
With these stands your TV is mounted on a bracket, which increases the TV over the stand. This is a good option if you’re looking for a contemporary look and is only possible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As the name implies, these stands 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 trunk, so that it matches snuggly into a corner.
Hint: Corner stands are great if you are 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.
Most wooden TV stands are usually made with wooden veneers not good wood, helping to keep down the cost. You should ideally start looking for the exact same sort of timber as your existing furniture, so that it matches up and does not look strange.
Depending upon the make and model, TV stands may arrive in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: If you like a particular style of stand but do not like the type of wood, it is worth asking if other kinds of timber are available (contact us). If you want a better quality stand, start looking for models that are made with ‘actual’ wood veneers, since they are usually difficult to tell from actual good wood.
Glass TV Stands
Again as the name implies these stands are primarily made from glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Hint: Many glass stands come with either black or clear glass shelves. Therefore, if you only find a black glass version but need transparent glass, it is always worth asking since both versions are often available.
Coloured TV Stands
Even though the hottest stand colour nowadays is black, you’ll also find them in silver, white and red. Some more modern designs are also available in a high gloss finish. So look out for colors that will fit in and enhance your room design.