The TV stand, like most pieces of furniture, is no longer there just to fulfil a practical purpose. It’s the focal point of your living room; built to house the heart of your entertainment centre. As such, a good TV stand has to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Mobile may be the new big thing that everyone wants to get in on, but there will always be a place for the living room experience. And with the likes of Netflix, Apple, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all competing for our attention, it’s the consumer who’s going to come out on top every time. All the more reason to ensure that your entertainment centre has the support that it needs.
Some things you should take into account when choosing a TV stand:
– The size and model of the TV. The total width of the stand should be more than the total width of the TV, and the stand should be sturdy enough to support the TV’s total weight. You can normally find the maximum weight-bearing level listed in the manufacturer’s guidelines, which will give an indication as to which sizes and models are supported.
– The size of your media room.
– Where in the room you intend to position the TV set
– How many devices you plan to connect to the TV set (video game console, Blu-ray player, computer etc.), and where the cables will go.
Storage Requirements: This is one of the most important things to take into account when selecting a TV stand. How much storage will you require? Some TV stands will come with drawers, adjustable shelving and other features that make them well suited to storing your DVD and Blu-ray collections.
On the one hand, acquiring a TV stand with additional storage features allows you the convenience of being able to keep everything in one place. On the other, you may wish to avoid clutter, in which case a separate storage unit for DVDs, Blu-rays and the like may be preferable.
Material Composition: Most TV stands are made of glass, wood or a combination of the two. Wood is the more traditional material, but glass TV stands usually possess more aesthetic appeal.
However, they can be broken or chipped, and are probably not the best option if you have children wandering around. They also need to be covered in insulating material before being brought into contact with hot or cold items.
Structure of the Stand: The choice of structure depends largely on where you intend to position the TV set. Some stands are especially designed to fit into the corner of a room, allowing more space for storage. Others provide a bracket or column on which the TV is mounted, allowing for more flexibility when determining the height of the screen.
In most cases, the TV will simply be mounted on the top shelf of the TV stand; but depending on the layout of your media room, you may prefer a more specialized design.
Thinking Around the Box
Furniture suppliers can provide you with the TV stand you need, but with so many variations available, it helps to have a clear picture in your head of how you want the final set-up to look. You’re probably going to be spending a lot of time with it, after all, so best to take your time when purchasing it.
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Matthew Flax is a freelance writer whose 3 year old nephew taught him the importance of having a TV cabinet with high shelves, because kids just have this weird fascination with the concept of throwing stuff on the floor.