Back in the day, an entertainment center or TV stand served as the main centerpiece of any living room. These sturdy pieces were large and solidly built in order to support large, heavy tube TVs as well as provide convenient storage for movies and AV equipment. Things have changed a lot since then. Now flat screen TVs offer a sleek, lightweight design and many people dread the idea of hauling a heavy entertainment stand into their home. Instead, people are looking at a variety of different furniture pieces to serve as stylish stands for their TVs. Check out the article below to learn more.
Before You Shop
Before you begin to look for possible TV stand alternatives, it is important to take note of a few key details about your TV as well as any potential furniture options. Measure the screen size of the TV and note how much your device weighs to ensure that you find a piece that has enough surface space for it. On the other hand, you should also check the weight capacity and material of any furniture piece to ensure that it is sturdy enough to support the TV. Metal, wood, and plastic materials are dependable options, avoid items that are made of glass. You should also consider the height of your couch or chairs to find the right height for the furniture piece to ensure that your TV is placed at the best height for the best view.
Even if your piece of furniture is strong enough, not every item is well suited to serve as a TV stand. There’s a few other details that you must consider. Some options are ruled out because they may damage your TV. Even if you have the space, avoid placing a TV on a fireplace mantel unless it is a media fireplace set that was specifically designed for the purpose. As convenient as a rolling bar TV stand sounds, you should also not use a bar cart if it was previously exposed to alcohol or other flammable liquids. You should also note the finish applied to the piece of furniture and make sure that placing the TV on it will not scratch it.
An armless and backless bench features a design that is very similar to a traditional TV stand, but is often available at a lower price. Benches are also quite versatile and the TV can be removed and replaced with throw pillows or a bench seat cushion so it can be used as spare seating when guests come to visit.
Storage chests are available in a variety of materials and sizes and can complement any decor style. Plus, storage chests feature convenient built-in drawers or cabinets that can be used to tuck unsightly AV accessories like remotes, video game controllers, and DVDs out of sight when not in use. Storage chests are typically taller than TV stands so they will place your TV at a slightly higher viewpoint.
Traditionally, sideboards (also known as buffets or credenzas) are unique cupboards that are primarily used for storing the “good” china and silverware and they feature a flat tabletop that is used for serving food and drinks while entertaining. These features also make it quite useful as a TV stand. The flat, wide surface provides plenty of space for storage, while the cabinets and drawers can be filled with DVDs, remotes, and other odds and ends.
#4 Console Table
Typically designed for hallways and entryways, console tables feature a narrow design that allows the table to be pressed against a wall. This design also makes console tables a practical alternative for TV stands, especially for small rooms. Certain console tables also feature additional storage options like shelves or drawers.
An obvious option for bedroom TVs, dressers can also be used in other rooms such as offices and living rooms. These sturdy pieces offer numerous drawers for the most storage. Bedroom dressers are also available in numerous styles and colors so you are sure to find an option that matches your decor.
#6 End Table
If you live in a small apartment or condo, floor space can be a valuable commodity. Because of this, end tables are a great option for supporting small TVs. These compact furniture pieces can easily be tucked into a corner of a room and their light weight makes them easy to transport and move from place to place.
#7 Coffee Table
A coffee table is one of the versatile options to use to support a TV. Slightly larger than a console table or end table, coffee tables provide more surface space to support a larger TV or to provide a convenient place to display decor items like picture frames, vases, or knickknacks.
#8 Modern TV Stands
Sometimes you can’t beat the original. Just like TVs, TV stands have gone through a lot of changes in recent years. Newer TV stands are more streamlined than traditional entertainment centers for easy movement and placement. Plus, these pieces are designed to accommodate the cords and weight of a TV.
With so many different types of furniture available, you are sure to find the right piece with the strength, style, and storage options to meet your needs. For more information about finding the perfect furniture and decor items for every room in your home, check out our indoor living blogs.