Three Things to Consider Before Buying a TV Stand

How to perch your television at the perfect viewing angle without putting holes in your walls.

Feet propped up watching Netflix on TV
Situating your television at just the right distance and angle can make your binge-watching experience better than ever.Mollie Sivaram

Flat-screen TVs have earned a place of prominence in homes everywhere. But modern flat screens are very large, so unless you hang yours on the wall—which many people don’t want to do for aesthetic reasons, or simply because they don’t want to look up at it—finding a fitting place for one often requires a separate stand. The best stand for you depends on your TV size, the furniture you already have, and your sense of style. Here are three different TV stands and the benefits of each.

Walker Edison Furniture Company Minimal Farmhouse Wood Fireplace Universal Stand for TV's up to 80"
This model has a built-in heating element that looks like flaming logs.Amazon

Flat-screen TVs are only a few inches deep, so you don’t need to devote a lot of floor space to accommodate one. That’s why a dedicated TV table—a wide and low cabinet that’s not very deep—is a popular mounting option. A table can accommodate the widest flat screen and has shelves to hold cable boxes, DVD players, and game consoles. Dedicated TV tables are ideal for those who have a lot of TV technology since the table holds it all without taking up a lot of space (or putting holes in your wall). You can even get one with a built-in fireplace to keep you warm on those chilly nights.

PERLESMITH Universal TV Stand
This product has three mounting levels so can customize your viewing angle.Amazon

You can place a flat screen on any piece of furniture wide enough to hold it, but you may not like the height at which it sits. And since the stand that came with the TV probably isn’t height-adjustable, the only way to elevate it is to stack books beneath it—but then, if you want to lower it, you’re out of luck. A TV stand that gives you various height options for mounting the TV means you can customize the TV’s placement to your preferred viewing level.

WALI Universal TV Stand Table Top for Most 22 to 65 inch LCD Flat Screen TV
The simple angled legs on this model have an elegant look.Amazon

A TV stand composed of two legs makes for a very clean and unobtrusive look. It also allows you to place a cable box directly beneath the flat screen, saving space and providing an instinctive place to aim the remote. If you’re short on space, or if you placed your TV on a piece of furniture that doesn’t have room for a cable box (or if you’re looking for an inexpensive solution)—this is the stand for you.