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TV Stands

So you're moving into a small apartment and have found yourself with little to no space for all your stuff. It can be daunting to decorate a place that barely has enough room to hold your clothes, never mind furniture that fits your style. While a couch, coffee table, chairs, and bed may be your priority when squeezing into a small space, an often overlooked – yet important – staple to any living room is a TV stand.

TV tables can come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it's just large enough to hold your TV or a huge entertainment system that takes up the entire wall, each has a purpose. Not only is size a factor with TV stands, but so is style! TV stands can be open with room to display knickknacks and movies, or enclosed to act as a supplemental storage unit. Because there's such an overwhelming amount of options, we've featured five of our favorite bloggers with open TV stands and five of our favorite bloggers with enclosed TV stands and asked for some tips on how to utilize a TV stand in a small space or apartment.

Open TV Stands


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Cara Benko from Caralina Style


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I think the TV stand brings some dark neutral colors into the room. A lot of the pieces around it are hot pink, white, and navy.


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Anna Osgoodby from Anna Osgoodby Life and Design


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Function was definitely at top of mind when I picked out my TV table. I have a very colorful design aesthetic so picking a piece of furniture that was versatile was important. I chose a cube storage bookshelf because there were a lot of different ways I could use it and it allowed the flexibility to have open and closed storage options. I have to say, I've lived in four different apartments while in NYC and this has been one of the most useful pieces I have. Plus, I've been able to style it differently based upon my storage needs in each apartment.


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Randi Shaffer from Randi with an i


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I'm still very much in the rental stage of my life, so a lot of my furniture is very minimalist and versatile. I tried to pick multi-functional pieces that could work well in any environment, and that includes my TV stand! It's definitely not a statement piece on its own with its white color and clean lines, but with an apartment as small as mine, I think it's best to leave the statement-making to smaller things, like my gallery wall and tabletop trinkets.


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Shelby Revis from Lucky Day Blog


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My TV console is practical with a fun, modern flair. I love the ability to decorate each cube with my own personal touches. I think the best part about it is that it gives me extra organization in a small space, but still allows me to mix it up if I want to by adding trinkets and such to each cube.


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Cristina from Cristina Was Here


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My TV stand was not only a place for my TV to rest, but it held all the little pieces that helped make my space a home. A bright, sweet-scented candle shared my love for all things floral and bright and a gold picture frame with a gold-foiled quote was a great nod to my feminine style. I also stored all my favorite books here, most of which happened to be in my favorite shades of blue and green.


Enclosed TV Stands


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Our TV console fits in pretty well with what I call my "organized eclectic" style. I love color, pattern, texture, and a home full of collected pieces that have history and memories attached to them. But in a small space, all of that needs to be organized or I'll go a little nutty. The stand is perfect for this — it's a vintage piece with a rich history, and it also has a great amount of storage to help keep us tidy.


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Taylor from Tay Meets World


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My TV stand is very modern and sleek. I'm not into large and "clunky" stands, but I definitely needed one that had a lot of storage. This one is the best of both worlds. I love the neutral gray color and clean lines. It's small enough that it doesn't take up a lot of space, but large enough to make a chic statement!


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Jacqueline Marie from Tweaked Style


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I strive to live a simple life and feel most at peace when my home is free of clutter. The clean lines, soft color, and hidden storage of my TV stand definitely reflect my minimal zen-like style. I've always liked using textures to warm up the modern touches in a space. I chose to hang a rug behind my TV to add warmth and dimension. I chose a TV stand color that blended in with my sofa and rug instead of a contrasting color. I didn't want the TV to be the focus in the room.


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Ashley Buchanan from History in High Heels


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Well, your TV and TV console are really the focal point of your living room. So I wanted it to make a statement and set the design tone for the room and my entire apartment. I ended up customizing a basic white TV stand. I painted it hot pink and added a fun bamboo trim and gold hardware. The end result definitely makes a statement and captures my aesthetic perfectly — whimsical, bold, and a bit preppy.


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Marissa Meade from Style Cusp


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The TV stand is one of the focal points of my living room. I have two huge walls in this room so wanted pieces that were large to fill the space adequately. I love that this piece houses my TV, while still leaving room to style on the top and instead the doors. The piece is a light color, keeping my overall rustic theme in place too!


How was the decision to choose this TV stand affected by your small space?

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It was the perfect size to fit in the space I had for it: in between my main door, A/C unit (hidden by a door), and balcony door. I would say it's a studio-friendly TV stand. It also helped that the color of the wood went well with my floors!

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My top priority when I picked my TV stand was picking something that was multi-purpose. Living in a small NYC apartment, I'm always on the hunt for furniture that offers storage but still functions with my design. In my first apartment in the city, I had one tiny closet and was in dire need of storage for shoes and sweaters so this piece of furniture fit the bill. Finding a TV stand for me became more about the storage options with the added bonus of actually having a spot to put my TV.

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I knew that my small space dictated the need for something that had open shelves so as not to close off space, and could serve as more than one thing. My TV stand fills in as my entertainment console, bookshelf, and — since it's right next to my front door — my entryway table.

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I definitely needed something that was functional but would fit within my small apartment, so I opted for a TV stand that allowed me to do just that.

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I knew I wanted something with storage, since my little space didn't have a lot of options. I also didn't want to buy a ton of expensive décor, so I figured a TV stand that allowed me to display my favorite knickknacks would be my best bet.

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Prior to purchasing our credenza, we were using open bookshelves as a TV stand. The books made the space look busy and cluttered, and the shelves couldn't store the larger items we needed to put away. We needed more closed storage, but also didn't want a bulky piece in our small space. The credenza was perfect because it offered the storage we needed, and the tall legs that lift the unit several inches off the ground create negative space to avoid that bulky feeling.

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I have moved around a lot, and I hate moving! I wanted a TV stand that not only coincided with my style but that was functional (i.e., would fit in all spaces, big or small, and would move easily). This one does both! I always do my best to work with the space I have, I take time to add new pieces of furniture and draw inspiration from various Pinterest boards and catalogs.

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Small space or not, I'm pretty sure I would choose a similar style and color TV stand just maybe longer in a larger space.

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When you live in a small space, things can't just be cute, they also have to be functional. So I made sure that my TV stand was capable of storing and hiding all of my electronics, wires, cable box/modem, and then some!

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I live in an apartment, but as I mentioned before have large walls in my living room. Rather than make the space feel small with a petite piece on this wall, I wanted to create the illusion that I'm in a large, open living room. Picking this piece was a no brainer!


What's one tip you can give others looking to purchase a TV stand for a small space?

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If you are like me and need to buy both the TV and the TV stand, figure out which size TV works best for the space. Then, pick a stand based on both the size of the TV and the amount of wall you have to place it on.

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Think about what you will be storing on your TV stand in addition to your actual TV, cable box, etc. when making your decision. TV stands can eat up precious square footage in a small apartment, so if you need extra storage options make sure to keep that in mind before purchasing.

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Plan out the space before you commit. Measure the stand right down to the quarter-inch, and use masking tape to mark off the space it would fill in your space. In my experience, it's really easy to underestimate how much space a piece of furniture will take up when you're looking at it in a storefront environment.

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I think the best advice would be to measure the space beforehand to ensure you're not buying something that would overwhelm the space.

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Get one with storage! It will be a lifesaver for you in keeping your small space neat and tidy.

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For me the key to small space living has always been assigning double or triple duty to pieces to maximize space. So think about what other function your TV stand could serve — maybe a bar, storage for your vases you're hoarding (me!), or even a workspace.

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Don't buy the cheapest OR the first one you see. It's good to shop around and find the best "bang for your buck." You want a piece that will last you awhile, has functionality, and matches your style.

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Match your TV stand to your sofa, floor or rug for a monochromatic look that lengthens the space. It works for us petite girls so why not a space! I also recommend choosing a TV stand in a light color that is short and narrow. Dark and tall furniture can break up a space.

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While functionality is important, that doesn't mean you have to skimp on design. Be practical with the design, but don't be afraid to embrace color and pattern.

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Look to optimize the space that you DO have. I utilized the large wall in my apartment, and then also maximized storage space with the double doors and inside shelving on this piece. Absolutely get a piece that has shelving/cabinets, and utilize these to store your DVDs, extra decor pieces, or even other household items if you place is super tiny!


Other than a TV, what do you typically store in/on your TV stand?

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I have a mix of things next to the TV and on the shelves. On either side of the TV I have a mini calendar, a glass box with some statement jewelry, and a vase with a fake flower. On the lower shelves, I have a mix of decor including a frame with a photo of some of my family, a pair of glittery heels, and an acrylic ampersand.

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I split my cube shelving into open shelving on the top and closed on the bottom. On the top I store books, DVDs knickknacks, and picture frames and then on the bottom I store cubes with my shoes, socks, belts, and tights. Multi-purpose at its finest!

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As my entertainment console/bookshelf/entryway table, I use my TV cabinet to store books, neutral-colored baskets filled with a few of my DVDs, candles, and card games — Cards Against Humanity never gets old at get-togethers. It also houses those ugly-but-necessary pieces of technology, like the internet router, my boyfriend's Xbox, my DVD player, and my Apple TV. There's also a drawer to hold cords and instruction manuals, and a small MacBook graveyard seems to have started forming as well.

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I have two fabric cubes that store odds-and-ends type things (extra chargers, some photo albums I haven't found a place for). My shelves also display a few of my favorite books, even a few of my dad's when he was younger. It adds a cool vintage but personal feel to the space. My favorite accent is my miniature globe; I think it just really ties all the cubes together and makes it fun!

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I just like all my favorite things to be there for me and everyone who comes in to see. A great scented candle, my favorite books, my journals for morning reflections, and a Bluetooth speaker for playing music.

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This is my favorite part of the credenza — it stores SO much of our stuff. It has four shallow drawers and three large storage cubbies. One of the drawers is our "junk" drawer (measuring tape, batteries, chapstick, pens, and all the other annoying little things that don't have a home elsewhere), and the other drawers store essential oils, our Blu-Ray player for when I feel the need to watch Harry Potter, and our Wii for when we want to play tennis or go fishing from the comfort of our couch. The storage cubbies store books, vases, candles, and the receiver for our speakers.

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I bought my TV stand specifically for all the storage it had! One side houses all the best chick-flicks, the other side, lots of books. The drawers are organized according to what I didn't have a home for around the apartment such as light bulbs, command hooks & tools, chargers, and stationary.

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The left side of my TV stand has everyday items and tech chargers. The right side stores all my paint supplies. I always have a candle and soft textures displayed around my TV stand. It makes it feel warm and homey yet clean and simple when I sit down to relax.

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I keep all my electronics, camera equipment, cords/wires, and other miscellaneous odds and ends in my TV stand.

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As you can see from the image, I have my TV on top of the stand with some styled vignettes on either side. I change the styling with the seasons to mix things up a bit. Inside, I have my cable/internet box and DVD's on the top left. Extra throws/blankets are stored on the bottom left. On the right, I have bins holding things like books, magazines, and other miscellaneous things I don't want just thrown inside the stand.


What's the benefit of using an open TV stand in a small space?

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I think it works really well in my space because the height works well with all of my other furniture. I just have a coffee table, smaller couch, a bar cart, and a small kitchen table and chairs. I feel like a TV stand that was any taller would distract too much from the rest of the room.

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By having an open TV stand you are able to showcase books, movies, or personal touches that you might not have space for elsewhere. This will help you keep things organized and less cluttered in such a small space.

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I'm definitely more of a fan of open units, but enclosed consoles can be great for hiding messes — or any embarrassing DVDs you might have. You know, if you don't want anyone to judge your entire John Cusack movie collection. Also, less space means less room for all those pesky cords to go. Closing everything off means out of sight, out of mind.

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I think the best part is being able to utilize your furniture for more than just a stand. Living in a small space, having furniture that can serve multiple functions is such a great benefit to the space.

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I think it helps the room to look more open as well. Something large, overbearing, and closed off will crowd the room, but something open can help the space appear larger.


What's the benefit of using an enclosed TV stand in a small space?

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Having an enclosed TV stand gives your eyes a place to rest instead of looking at the visual chaos that's normally involved with and open TV stand. Not only are you able to stash away cable boxes, books, and whatever else you'd rather not look at on a daily basis, you can also easily hide the cords involved with the TV situation right behind the enclosed TV cabinet. We mount our surge protector to the wall behind our credenza for an easy way to hide cords.

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When I was purchasing a TV stand I was insistent that it be enclosed. Small spaces can already feel overwhelmed by clutter and knickknacks, having an exposed TV stand can add to the clutter! Not to mention, if you have an enclosed TV cabinet, you are free to organize and store whatever you need. It's a clean and simple alternative, that will work well in any small space!

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I chose to put my TV stand in an unused closet nook to save space. It also made my TV appear more hidden. Having closed storage underneath my TV helps me maximize my storage space in a clean and organized way. The less little things showing the less busy and overwhelming my home feels.

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Enclosed spaces hide clutter and allow you to store not-so-pretty and out-of-place items. I may or may not store extra shoes and purses in my TV stand. You have to get creative with storage when you live in a small place!

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Concealing your storage! Even though this piece has doors, I still used baskets in some of my storage to keep things looking clean and neat. Open shelves tend to look messy and cluttered, so I love the clean look of the double windowed doors on this piece.

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