Shopping for a TV Stand? Make Sure you Consider these 5 Essential Specifications if your in the market for TV Stands or Mounts
You're getting calls from friends hoping for an invite to your house to watch the Sunday game. You have never seen your kids smile so much in their short lives. Even the cable guy is lingering. Yes, you are the man, proud owner of a super high-definition, flat panel, plasma TV. Who wouldn't be impressed? But you notice that something is missing. The remote? No. The Popcorn? Nope. And then it hits you - where and on what are you going to put this thing?
You might be thinking about mounting it to the living room wall. But after soberly contemplating that painful task, you decide it might be best to find a good TV stand. But what kind should you buy? Should you go simple and just get something to sit the TV on or go all out and get an entertainment center? Where are you going to put it and will it always stay there? These questions and more must be answered if you are to end up with a television stand that meets your needs for the long run. To that end, I have a short list of the five most important areas to look at when purchasing the stand to go with that uber-awesome TV.
When purchasing a TV stand, you will want to consider the dimensions of the unit before purchase. It is going to take some planning, as you need to decide where you are going to place the television in your home. Set depth is also an important consideration. Can your TV sit comfortably and securely on this stand? Is the stand too large for your TV, making your expensive flat screen look cheap? Also, make sure that your television will sit at eye-level when you are seated in front of it. The height of the stand will affect this.
Price is obviously an important part of any buying decision. TV stands are notoriously expensive. But remember, quality and price do not always relate. If you plan to purchase a stand from the electronics store you bought your TV from, you will likely pay more. These places do not specialize in television stands and usually have just a few models available. It might be better to seek out a furniture store or a web-based TV stand shop. They will offer many more models and at several price levels, which gives you the variety you need to make the right purchase.
Often this one is overlooked. Make sure your stand can hold the weight of the TV set you plan to put on it. Can it hold it for more than a few weeks? Does it look well-supported? Just because someone calls a piece of molded metal or wood a TV stand, doesn't mean it is of good quality and has been tested for stability. Look on the box your television came in and get the weight measurements. Then, match those measurements against the specs of the stand. If the stand does not have weight specifications, call the manufacturer or go with another stand.
This is obvious and important. You have likely dropped a lot of money on your brand new HDTV, therefore it would be a shame to sit it on a third-generation coffee table. It is important to match the style of the TV to the style of the stand. If you bought a sleek, black Plasma, you might want a stand with a modern look. If however, you are just replacing a stand for an older TV, you may be less concerned. There are various types of stands available, including hanging stands, sliding stands with mounts, and the more common floor-based models. Especially with entertainment centers, some people prefer a TV stand that looks more like an armoire than a media center.
Lastly, when shopping for a TV stand, always think ahead. What might you want to do with this TV? Are you going to attach a DVR, DVD Player, Game System, Computer, or any other external component? Will you be attaching the TV to a stereo or speaker system? Does it need room for additional display items, such as picture frames, or a lamp? You don't want to make such a purchase without thinking through your potential uses for the stand and where it might be needed.
Imagine the scene, you have worked hard for the last 4 months, waiting to purchase that brand new, top of the range TV just in time for your team's big final. You go to the store, you pick out the perfect set with surround sound, high definition, all the gadgets and more. It will look perfect in your lounge. You take it back, unwrap the box and hook it up to your TV connection, sit back and enjoy...Only to find out, your old TV stand is too big for this new state of the art LCD screen. What an eyesore!!
So you now need a new TV stand, but after spending a fortune on a TV, you don't want to mess the look up with an impractical, ugly TV stand. So here we have the perfect buyers guide to finding the correct TV stand.
When considering what TV stand you need to buy you need to consider a number of things; the size/weight of the TV, the size of the stand, the position of the stand, the look of your new TV/room, and finally the price. First of all, the most important aspect of buying a TV stand is ensuring the TV will actually fit on the stand comfortably, without the stand being exerted to so much weight. A sturdy stand is important, especially if you ever plan to add any extra weight (drinks, books, DVD's) to ensure it doesn't wobble or break. As important as the stand being big enough is also ensuring that the stand isn't too big. Large TV stands can create a significant eyesore and make your new state of the art television, look completely out of place.
As silly as it sounds, the position of the TV stand is also very important when choosing a stand. If you are unsure of where to put the TV, a corner stand will restrict the positioning of the TV without it taking up unwanted space. A simple thin rectangular stand however can restrict the direct at which you turn the TV, if you are planning for it to face a certain seating section. Obviously your next TV will look pretty flash once out of the box with its sleep thin design, which could instantly be ruined by a chunky outdated stand. A sleep style that fits in with the design of your TV will really enhance the look, both during viewing and when turned off. Manufactures of TV' usually have TV stand packages which will normally follow a similar style to that of the TV.
Finally, the most important factor to consider...The price! After spending a fortune on a TV, the chances of you wanting to spend an awful lot more on the TV stand are very low. Price is always something that people will consider, and if we are honest, everyone forgets about the added extra of TV stands when purchasing their band new TV. There are plenty of great online resources to help with this buying decision, and with a little due diligence, you should be able to find the perfect TV stand at an excellent price.
I was recently shopping around for a corner entertainment center, and was surprised by the selection available. I had only seen small units before that your TV sits upon, with maybe a few shelves beneath for the dvd player, game units etc. But what I found was a lot more impressive, units ranging from full furniture pieces to the smaller units I was familiar with and everything in between. Lets take a look at some of the available styles.
One of the first units I saw, which is the type I like on a regular wall unit, is an armoire. I had no idea that you could get a corner entertainment center in an armoire style! I love being able to close off the tv, especially when it is kept in the living room. Because of the corner style, the doors fold back (versus sliding) to reveal the TV and other components. On many armoire units, the TV is kept in a cabinet on top and the components are on the bottom, so those units had four doors. Other units had just two full length doors. This is a great option if you only have room to put the TV in the corner and you are looking for a nice piece of furniture.
You can also find a full furniture piece that is not an armoire, but still a piece of case furniture with shelves, including one that goes above the television. The TV sits in the unit. The bottom part has shelves, drawers or cabinets for various components. One unit I saw that was specifically designed for the new flat panel TV style was unique because it required the TV to be connected to hang on the back wall of the unit.
Perhaps you just like the idea of having the TV in the corner, but have plenty of room. If that is the case, then you can find a corner entertainment center similar to either style above, but it also has matching shelf units on both sides to extend along the walls.
The basic "TV stand" also does not meet the convention of small stands in a corner entertainment center, the type you purchase at a massive discount store. There are some really nice stands that are full pieces of furniture in some really nice styles. One I saw that I particularly liked was made of dark wood, I believe walnut, with glass doors in the middle (for components) and three narrow drawers down both sides of the middle compartment. Some of the styles I have seen include Quaker, Mission and Dutch Modern. Others I have seen have the more modern look, with a black or silver finish and glass shelves. Of course, the stands come in varying widths, depending on what you need.
And, of course, you can just get the basic TV stand I originally thought of when I thought of a corner entertainment center. Though even some of these are better than I remember. I saw one that was taller than usual, and was labeled as being "bedroom-height". Clever, I thought, because you do want your TV up higher when watching from bed (plus, it helps keep your dresser free for other things!). I also found some metal and wood ones that had a shelf above the TV for knick-knacks in which the metal came in different colors, such as pink, purple and blue. This is great if you let you children have a TV in their room.
So, now I have to choose,what style corner entertainment center is best for me? I just don't know, I guess I will have to ask my husband for his opinion too!