How to Find the Right TV Stand

A lot of people choose to overlook the television stand as an important element in a space. They may spend significant money on the right sofa or coffee table, but then cut corners when it comes to the stand holding up the television. After all, they probably assume people will look at the screen and not what's supporting it. 

That oversight is a major design mistake. An ugly, bulky, or beat-up TV stand can make your whole room look less appealing and put together. Taking a little time to find the right stand, on the other hand, can really pull a space together. 

A wooden TV stand

Carefully Consider Your Space and Your Needs

There are many elements of design that are subjective. The colors, shapes, and textures you find appealing might make someone else squirm. When you plan a space in your home, you should focus most on what you find appealing, as well as how you want the space to seem to guests and other inhabitants. 

There are certain factors, however, that are less subjective when it comes to design and furniture selection. Major items in your space should either complement the existing palette in a room or stand out as an eye-catching focal point. 

The size and placement of furniture and decor should enhance the visual appeal of the room without impeding the flow of foot traffic. 

Before you purchase a TV stand, you need to really look at the room for which you are buying it. The color scheme, dimensions of the room, and even light sources within the space will play a part in determining what stand will work best for you. 

Do You Have Small Children at Home? 

Safety for your family should be the one thing that always tops appearances when it comes to design. When you were younger, televisions where much larger from front to back, as well as much heavier. It used to be rather difficult (but not impossible) for a small child to flip a television over onto themselves. 

These days, however, thinner, lighter televisions make that kind of accident all too common. That means your children could face both the risk of a crushing injury and the potential of electrocution if the television gets pulled down. 

If you have small children, invest in a wall mount for the actual television and use a TV stand to block access to that space and hold your other entertainment devices. 

What Size and Style Is Your Television? 

Do you still have a larger unit, or have you already upgraded to a 4K flat screen television? Obviously, the dimensions of your television will directly impact the type of stand that will work for you. 

Most people these days will need an open-top television stand with a sleek design that complements the shape and design of the television itself. 

What Is the Proper Location for the TV Stand?

One of the biggest mistakes people make when looking for the perfect television stand in their home is assuming that the same unit will work anywhere in a room. In fact, different areas of your space will require different features. 

Knowing where to place your TV stand for optimal viewing will affect the best design for your space. You'll want a different look if it abuts an accent wall than if it's against a plain, neutral background. 

Take a moment to look at the various light sources in your space. Will sunlight create massive glare on the television if you place it against a particular wall? Are your lights angled in a way that could impact the visibility of the screen in specific parts of the space? 

Explore Different Options for TV Stands

When choosing the ideal television stand for your space, you need to consider several factors, including:

  • design and style
  • colour
  • Meterials (synthetic versus wood or metal)
  • shape, espicially the depth of the unit
  • your intended use for the stand (display and/or storage)

Understanding your space is the first step to picking the perfect TV stand. Beyond that, you should also consider what you’re naturally drawn to aesthetically. 

Design Factors Like Color and Shape Matter 

Our society is obsessed with screens. For many households, a television is often the focal point of the family room, living room, or entertainment room in the home. That means that your stand's shape, color, and overall design impacts the look and feel of your living space. 

How you've designed the room itself, as well as the overarching design theme to your whole home, will impact the right choice for a television stand. Do you need an element in the room that pops out, like alternating wood grains in beautifully inlaid surfaces? Would you prefer something classic and neutral that blends into the background? 

You can find all kinds of modern and engaging designs, from styles inspired by Scandinavian furniture to units that go perfectly with a farmhouse shabby chic look. You want the overall style to match your room's design. 

The depth and width of the unit are important as well. Larger screens demand wider and potentially deeper stands to support them. You should measure your television's length and height to make sure that the television stand you select won't look dwarfed by the unit it supports. 

Consider Your Need for Storage as Well

Most modern TV stands are more compact than the massive wardrobes once used to house old CRT televisions. In fact, they generally have an appearance similar to a shorter table. 

Instead of several large drawers topped with a large open cabinet space for a screen, you may have a tabletop complemented by a set of cabinets that can house your DVD player, sound system, and gaming systems. 

You might want to consider other storage options for your space, such as wall shelves for displaying your movie or game collection or an ottoman that opens up to store discs, remotes, and other entertainment paraphernalia. 

Ensuring that your TV stand works with the other design elements of your room will help pull the entire space together.