Top Tips For Buying A TV Stand

TV stands are ideal for storing your TV off the floor, allowing you a better viewing angle, and providing ample storage space for related items. In this article, we'll give you all the tips you'll need to know before going out and spending your hard-earned cash on the latest AV related furniture.


If you're unsure as to the exact measurements of your TV, then it's worthwhile reaching for the tape measure and finding out. Remember to measure both horizontally along the base of the TV and diagonally across the screen. At its most basic, your TV stand should be at least as wide as your TV, although if you have enough room at home you can opt for a much wider TV stand and then centre the TV, which gives you added space for other items on the sides. TV stands are available as short, standard-height, and tall so choose one that reflects the height of your seating and your preferred viewing angle for optimum comfort.



Wood and metal are the most popular choices for a TV stand. Wooden TV stands can provide a more traditional and rustic style to your home, while metal TV stands look better in more modern homes. The kinds of wood used in TV stands include cherry, maple, oak, and mahogany, a wide variety which enables you to choose a stand that looks good and doesn't blow your budget. Metal TV stands usually come with a chrome or powder finish to enhance their appearance.

Popular types of TV stands can include TV hutches, corner TV stands and full blown entertainment centres. The latter provide plenty of storage for additional items, such as DVD players, video game consoles, and cable boxes. The design allows you to easily connect any wires and cables from devices inside the entertainment centre to the TV. Corner TV stands are smaller and designed with a triangular edge, so they fit into the corner of a room. TV hutches have doors to hide the TV screen and make it less of a focus in the room.


It's good practice to choose a TV stand that compliments your home's style and decor and brings the room together, whether it's a modern TV stand, bohemian or another style entirely. For a classic appearance, a traditional TV stand manufactured out of durable hardwood never looks old. But if you'd prefer a more 21st-century look and feel, modern TV stands with sharp, sleek lines are always an excellent choice.

Extra Features
Drawers, shelves and glass doors are common extras to be found in some, but not all, TV stands. When choosing, always make sure there's enough space for every device you need to place close to the TV.  The ability to fit your entire media library into your TV stand's media centre is a nice bonus.


If you have items of different sizes that need to fit inside your TV stand then adjustable shelves can help. TV stands with drawers and either glass or wooden doors are ideal if you prefer to hide the items from view, so only the stand and the TV is on view. Remember that with TV stands with glass doors, always check the glass is tempered, which makes it much stronger than regular glass.

When we consider that many TV stands are made out of wood, it comes as no surprise that brown is probably the most popular colour. And it's an excellent choice, as shades of brown work well with a large variety of styles and colour schemes.
Black is another popular option, especially if you're aiming for a more modern look. While brown and black may be the safest colours more unique colours can also work, depending on the colour scheme and decor of your viewing room.


Stand or Cabinet?
With the ability to hide a multitude of AV equipment and accessories safely and discreetly behind closed doors, TV cabinets are also extremely popular. But there are a few things you should consider if you'd like to take that option:

1. If you plan to stack the system components on top of each other, there will be a level of electromagnetic emission which sometimes causes interference. This may cause the components to oscillate and create an annoying humming sound. Which is why you will sometimes need to place some of the components at least 50 mm apart or alternatively, place some kind of shield between them.


2. AV equipment operates best at their optimum temperature. Electricity causes heat as it passes through a conductor and the hotter the conductor gets the less efficient it is. That's why it's important to keep audio/ video equipment operating at the correct temperature. Cabinets need to allow enough ventilation so cool air can circulate and any unwanted heat can escape.

3. Almost all AV equipment uses remote controls so the infra-red beam must be able to penetrate the cabinet. The easiest solution is to have glass doors which the infra-red signal can pass through, or if you have wooden doors in your cabinet then you may need an infra-red repeater to continue the signal. But remember these repeaters may be influenced by other AV equipment close by.

General advice
Suppliers of AV equipment recommend an environment which is cool, level and ideally with speakers as far away from the mother unit as possible. This is because your equipment may consist of tiny metal parts assembled together and speaker vibration can sometimes cause problems when operating at high volumes.

Our selection of furniture gives you exactly what you want. You can match the decor of your home with many of our different, quality designs, so you can be sure it not only looks good but it also protects your equipment and allows easy installation with good access to wires and cables.


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