At first you might think choosing a TV stand is a simple thing to do, but it’s only when you start looking, that you realise how vast the options 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?
This is very important because the stand must be big enough, but not so big that it dwarfs your TV and looks too big. Stands are usually quoted as being suitable for TVs up to a certain size. This means you shouldn’t put a TV on it that’s larger than what is recommended, but you can get away with TVs that are slightly smaller.
Tip: Check your TV measurements and compare that to the stand, in particular the width. It will look odd 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 might want to consider getting a stand that is slightly bigger than what you need. Not too big though, otherwise your existing TV will look out of place on a stand that is way too big for it. Plus some stands with brackets will only be suitable for TVs within a certain size range. Which Colour, Design and Material Do You Want the Stand to Be?
These types of stands often come in a more traditional style box like shape. They usually have drawers, enclosed shelves or doors on the front. Most TV cabinets are also usually made of wood as the main material, and some may have glass doors.
Tip: If you are going to put your equipment like SKY, DVD player etc inside the cabinet, you’ll need to make sure the remote sensor is visible through the glass door or panel.
With these stands your TV is mounted on a bracket, which raises the TV above the stand. This is a good option if you’re looking for a modern look and is only possible for LCD and plasma TVs.
As the name suggests, these stands are for when you put the TV in the corner of the room. The stand looks the same as a normal stand from the front, but it narrows slightly towards the back, so that it fits more snuggly into a corner.
Tip: Corner stands are great if you’re tight on space, because you’ll be able to push the stand further into the corner and save a few much needed centimetres.
Most wooden TV stands are usually made with wooden veneers not solid wood, helping to keep the cost down. You should ideally look for the same type of wood as your existing furniture, so that it matches up and doesn’t look out of place.
Depending on the make and model, TV stands can come in ash, beech, cherry, mahogany, oak, pine or walnut.
Tips: If you like a particular style of stand but don’t like the type of wood, it’s worth asking if other types of wood are available (contact us here). If you want a better quality stand, look for models that are made with ‘real’ wood veneers, as they are usually hard to tell from real solid wood.
Again as the name suggests these stands are primarily made of glass, usually consisting of 2-3 toughened glass shelves with metal supports.
Tip: Many glass stands come with either clear or black glass shelves. So if you only see a black glass version but want clear glass, it’s always worth asking because both versions are often available.
While the most popular stand colour these days is black, you’ll also find them in silver, white and even red. Some more contemporary designs are also available in a high gloss finish. So look out for colours that will fit in and compliment your room design.
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