5 factors to consider when choosing a TV stand

A TV stand is the focal point and gathering spot of your living space. If you are one of those people who love to spend your free time watching movies, TV shows, or simply a late-night game, then TV stands are a welcome addition to your living room. If you have bought a new television or have revamped your living space, but are not sure of how to pick the right TV stand, read on to be able to make the right choice of TV stand for your entertainment system:

Viewing height
A TV stand should always be positioned in a way that the screen is at the eye level. Stretching your neck at awkward angles for hours can cause harm in the long run. The recommended TV height is 42 inches, but the best position depends on the height of your seating furniture. As a failsafe, consider buying a TV stand with an adjustable mount so that the screen height can be adjusted based on your seating position.

Matching size and width
If you own a 40- to 50-inch TV and an entertainment system, look for TV stands that have a wider space for the display. This holds true especially for TV stands placed in the middle of a living room. Look for a TV stand that has a rigid base for even weight distribution and is moderately heavy to avoid toppling of the display.

Pick the right material-
TV stands are made of five common materials: particle board, wood, glass, metal, and medium-density fiberboard. Consider buying metal or veneered plywood as they are last for a long time. TV stands made of these materials are moderately heavy and remain stable. You can also look for glass TV stands featuring metal supports but make sure they are installed in low-traffic areas of your living room.

Storage options
Look for a TV stand that offers storage shelves for other entertainment equipment such as speakers, soundbars, subwoofers, and consoles. These types of TV stands also have arrangements to hide tv cables and cords, making the whole setup look free of clutter.

Styles and design
TV stands come with a variety of decorative elements. From cantilevers to staggered shelving there are plenty of styles available. However, avoid hybrid styles or asymmetrical shapes as it might not complement your otherwise organized home décor. Stick to those styles and designs that complement the aesthetics of your living space. Choose those colors that make your living room look spacious and bright.



5 popular types of TV stands for you to choose from

From simply providing security to your television to accommodating accessories of the same, the functional requirements of TV stands have evolved over the years. TV stands offer an aesthetic appeal to your living room, giving an ergonomic edge to your entertainment setup. There are many types of TV stands available in the market for you to choose from. Read on to find out about the more popular ones that are listed below:

Corner TV stands
They are suitable for irregularly shaped rooms and can be used to install TVs in a corner spot so that it neatly fits in the space. You can also add a wall mount to a corner TV stand to accommodate a large-sized TV. However, you need to consider the distance of your seating position and the height at which the TV will be placed. Corner TV stands are popular for small living spaces.

Swivel TV stands
These types of TV stands are suitable for rooms that are exposed to constant sunlight or direct sunlight throughout the day. Swivel TV stands have a heavy design and can be adjusted at different viewing angles. You can also adjust the height of the mount by maneuvering the mechanism. Swivel TV stands are made of durable materials such as a high-grade polymer, steel, or a combination of durable alloys.

LCD and Plasma TV stands
These types of TV stands are easy to assemble and are specifically designed to bear the burden of LCD or Plasma TVs. They allow for displaying the TVs in a horizontal and vertical position. These stands also come with extenders to support TVs with larger screen size. They come with adjustable shelves so that you can place other electronic devices and other media. Wider and heavier than traditional stands, these TV stands are designed with a wide base to hold a heavy plasma or LCD TV on the top of the shelf. Wall-mounted TV stands can accommodate TVs of the screen size of up to 60 inches.

TV stand and cabinets combo
Much like LCD and plasma TV stands, these combos allow keeping all your gadgets in one place. Some have glass enclosures, making items such as DVDs, books, and magazines visible, while other TV cabinets might have wooden drawers and doors. Some combos come with closed shelving to keep your entertainment system out of sight. Available in a variety of colors, the cabinet and stand combos have multiple holes to keep the plugs and cables hidden, making the arrangement look organized. These are also referred to as entertainment centers that can be as big as the wall they are placed against.

They are a combination of wall mount and shelves, providing a flat base that rests on the floor. A central spine rises from the back to mount the TV. Cantilevers also contain cabinets and shelves to allow storage of media and other entertainment gadgets. They are stable and do not require drilling into the walls making them easy to relocate.