Three Things to Consider Before Buying a TV Stand

When it comes to finding a resting place for your television, don’t buy something based on appearance alone.

TV Stand in living room.
A reliable TV stand will support your television and include drawers and shelves for things like remote controls and external speakers.Pamari

The revolution in home entertainment systems over the last two decades has brought cinema-quality viewing within reach of practically every consumer. Yet despite the miniaturization of system components, such as sound bars, modems, and streaming-media devices, you still need a way to organize all that equipment into an efficient and aesthetically pleasing space. A television stand made specifically for that purpose will keep your viewing experience sharply focused while also complementing any interior design. Here are a few points to consider.

Open Shelf vs. Cabinet

WE Furniture Minimal Farmhouse Wood Universal Stand for TV's up to 64" Flat Screen Living Room Storage Shelves Entertainment Center, 58 Inch, Espresso
Tuck away extra remotes, magazines and books inside this unit.Walker Edison Furniture

A TV stand with cabinets and drawers is certainly a good way to keep the entertainment room tidy. However, if you are seeking a more contemporary look, or only want a basic shelf system under a wall-mounted flat screen, a simple Shaker-style table with shelves keeps the area clean and serves as a design anchor for the viewing area.

Screen Size

Pamari Wrangler Sliding Barn Door TV Stand, Off-White
Supports up to 75 pounds.Pamari

For any stand intended to support a television, the first thing to consider is your screen size. Generally speaking, the stand should be at least a few inches longer than your screen is wide. That will keep the TV from overshadowing the base and will still leave room on the edges for remote controls, picture frames, or other decorative knick-knacks. Also be sure to compare your screen’s weight with the TV stand’s maximum capacity rating before buying.

Cable Storage

Walker Edison Furniture Company Farmhouse Barn Wood Universal Stand for TV's up to 64" Flat Screen Living Room Storage Cabinet Doors and Shelves Entertainment Center, White
Hide annoying cords from pets and little hands that might otherwise grab them.Walker Edison Furniture Company

A dedicated TV stand should have some sort of cord-management channel or hole to harness all those wires into one bundle and hide them from view. That keeps the area uncluttered, makes servicing or rebooting devices easier, and prevents pets or small children from toying with or fouling the cables.

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