Whether it's the center of your living room or tucked away in the den, a TV stand should suit your needs and blend into your home's decor. We provide a couple of easy-to-follow guidelines and explain some extra features you'll want to keep in mind when selecting a TV stand.
- The size of a TV stand is primarily based on the room's unique needs.
- Be sure to measure the space and stand properly to ensure that the stand will fit in the room, and that the stand can hold a TV size of your choosing.
- If you have a flat screen TV, the depth measurement won't matter much to you. However, if you have a traditional CRT TV with a large back panel, make sure to measure the depth of both the TV and stand so there's no TV overhang.
- The height of your TV stand is a matter of personal preference and style. But, there is one guideline to follow for comfortable viewing: Select a stand that will put the lower half of your TV screen level with your sightline when seated. If you follow this rule, taller chairs or sofas will require a stand that's on the tall side, while the opposite is true for low slung seating.
- The amount of shelves, drawers, and cabinets on a TV stand can vary. Be sure to select a model that has the right amount of storage for you.
- TV cabinets and shelving units offer extra storage for accessories, books, and picture frames. However, these styles require more room than the average TV stand.
- Corner TV stands provide a space-saving option.
- Most TV stands now have circular back panel cut outs for organizing and hiding cords. This feature may be all that's necessary for the casual television and movie watcher.
- If you're a home theater buff, you may want to choose a stand that has room for multiple electronic components and speakers.