You have already conquered the daunting challenge of deciding on your new flat screen TV, but still, there remains that little need to think about the suitable TV stand that will don your space and would add functionality.
The basic beginning guidance to buying TV stands is deciding which features are most important to you and would suit your requirements. Fortunately, there are already a plethora of options available these days and once you choose what is essential to you, finding the right size and look will be a smooth process.
First and foremost, figure out if you want the furniture already in-place or go for something in a contrasting look. Also, check if you need lots of nooks and crannies to store components, wires, and things like DVDs and video games and how big they should be. Asking these questions early would help you to narrow down your choices easily when it comes to making the final decision.
Apart from this, several other considerations that you need to make are listed as follows:
Remember that there is no one-size-fits-all TV stand
When all else fails, switch to reading the instructions. Check out the TV’s accompanying manual to find the exact dimensions of its base and screen size. Furthermore, you will have to make sure that the stand you choose is both long and sturdy to hold your new flat screen TV. Also, ensure that your TV doesn’t hang over the front or back edge of the TV stand.
Another aspect to note is the height of the stand which should be in accordance with your eye level and comfort. For this, consider the room and seating position and ensure that the stand keeps the screen at a good level as you wouldn’t want to strain your neck to get the perfect viewing angle.
The style could influence the whole room
TV stands are constructed out of a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and glass options that can change the outlook of an entire room. While they all have the same basic functionality, glass and metal TV stands have a more modern feel as compared to the wooden ones which are more rustic and classic.
If you are planning to choose a glass TV stand, make sure it is tempered glass as it is at least four to six times stronger than the traditional glass and is clearly marked.
Check out for space saving options
Corner TV stands are primarily designed with right-triangles to fit snugly against two walls, whereas the platform TV stands are simply one or two upright shelves with no backing or sides. Both these options are perfect for smaller rooms or bedrooms. But remember, you will have to sacrifice things like storage space for giving the space a minimalist look.
Along with these, there are several small, wall-hanging, and flat screen TV mounts that have additional shelving built-in that accommodates your new flat screen TV stylishly against the wall, and also gives enough space for storing a cable box or other components on shelves connected below.
Hutches, Credenzas, and Cabinets
Credenzas have more storage space than a standard TV stand and can easily accommodate living room essentials like blankets, pillows, and much more. On the other hand, Hutches allow you to conceal the TV and other electronic components away from direct view when they are not being used and are perfect for those who don’t want the TV to be the main centre point of the room. When it comes to the Cabinets, they can even have wheels so you can move the TV to avoid glare or relocate it to a different room.
Ensure Storage and Cable Management
Figure out if you would be accommodating the DVD/Blu-ray player, Cable box, Video game console, etc. These units will be going to need their own space on the TV stand, and if these nooks, drawers, and cabinets are properly vented, then they would keep the component cool when in use.
Also, look for a TV stand with cable holes as well. While proper cable management requires more than just a stand, these cable holes will keep all your cables streamlined and easily routed.
Although you need to be sure that the TV stand is large enough to fit your TV and strong enough to support it, the final decision usually comes down to your personal taste in furniture. Moreover, the TV stand might be the focal point of the entire room, so choose something that’s both functional, and has an attractive design that creates a perfect ambience.