When you buy a TV stand you want a piece of furniture that fits within and compliments your personal style. But be sure to consider these additional elements that are key to any TV stand purchase:
TV & Stand Size: The minimum width and depth of your TV stand is going to be determined by the TV that it will hold. Flat screen TVs are thin enough to work with just about any depth, but old CRT TVs will require a much deeper TV stand.
The width of your TV stand will depend not just on the width of your TV, but also on whether you intend to display other decor on the stand, or use it as a place to set down keys or mail when you get home. At a minimum, a TV stand needs to be wider than the base of the TV -- and for flat screen TVs that base is typically quite small. Many people prefer a TV stand that is substantially wider than the total width of a TV, leaving room for decor.
Height: The ideal height for a TV stand depends mostly on the kind of seating in the room where the TV will live, as well as the height of viewers. Low to the floor couches will call for shorter TV stands, while taller seating will need a equally tall stand. As a rule of thumb, the bottom third of the TV screen should be at eye level when viewers are seated. Also note if there will be any obstructions between seating and the screen -- tall decor on a coffee table or multiple rows of seating could necessitate a taller TV stand.
Storage: In addition to supporting your TV and looking good, TV stands often double as useful storage. The most simple TV stands usually include at least a shelf to hold a DVD player and other electronics that are typically connected to a TV. But larger TV stands can include multiple shelves to store DVD collections, cabinets to conceal electronics, or drawers and other cubbies to provide convenient storage for the living room.
Tip! If you're looking for a simple and basic TV stand, consider checking out Console Tables for a lower cost but still attractive TV stand option.