TV stands are not all equal. Learn the differences with this TV stand buying guide setting out 16 types of TV stands and entertainment centers.
Welcome to our TV stand gallery, a complete buyer’s guide for TV stands and entertainment centers! We’re here to provide a comprehensive overview of the various designs, materials, and styles that comprise today’s selection of television centric furniture.
Above is a modern open shelf stand with rich curved wood, metal support beams, and smoked glass shelving. Combining several of the elements of the furniture we are sharing today, it’s a perfect introduction to the range of TV stands you’ll encounter when looking to purchase your own.
To bring clarity and purpose to your search for a new TV stand, we have broken down the major considerations into three categories: design, material, and style. Within each of these realms we focus on the available types of furniture you’ll encounter, and share a specific, attractive product example.
We hope that our guide can help expand your knowledge on the subject and assist you in making the best purchase possible for your life and your home.
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The most important decision regarding a new TV stand will be the general design that works best for you and your home. This is the specific shape, structure, and function that you will likely utilize for years, so finding the right design is paramount.
1. Open Shelving
The open shelving design is quickly becoming the most popular, especially for those who are looking for a more less obtrusive setup, conserving space and providing an open visual element. Usually a central frame holds several shelves, and often provides a mounting bracket for the television itself.
With a singular, holistic shape, the console design incorporates useful shelving and abundant surface area into a concise piece of furniture. Most models have closed shelving and a rectangular structure.
3. Stand With Audio Towers
The TV stand with audio towers is a modular form that mimics most of the functionality and presentation of a full entertainment center, with a pair of tall structured shelves flanking the central stand and television itself. These allow for the placement of speakers and any other supplemental equipment.
The hutch is a venerable piece of furniture, where cabinetry or shelving are stacked atop a horizontal counter space. The TV stand variation merely makes room for the television and carries flanking cabinetry.
The cabinet TV stand design comes in two major flavors: one more akin to the console models, with closed cabinetry below an open surface upon which the television sits, and one not unlike a standard armoire, with drawers set below a fully enclosed large space where the screen can be hidden away when not in use.
The swivel design TV stand sets the entire structure upon a rotating platform, allowing for the stand itself to be angled in any given direction for better visibility. This is perfect for televisions without a rotating base, or for those who mount speakers in or on the stand.
The floating design is a wall-mounted unit that allows for completely open floor space and a clean, unobtrusive look. These contain shelving and, often, cord concealment. TVs can be stood on top, or wall-mounted themselves above the floating stand.
8. Entertainment Center
The entertainment center is a venerable furniture piece that can really set a living room off, with its singularly massive presence, artful presentation of the television and associated electronics, and rich, detailed construction. These units are larger than any standard TV stand, and often contain shelving or closed cabinetry for housing art pieces, books, and your media collection.
The second most important consideration for your new TV stand will be the build material. Do you want a more traditional and timeless wood model? Maybe you prefer something more industrial or minimalist in metal construction. Glass models are gaining popularity, with a bevy of reinforced glass models making the nearly transparent TV stand a common occurrence.
Wood, being the most traditional furniture material, is also the most common TV stand construction. Although metal and glass units have risen in popularity, the breadth of style, color, and utility give an edge to wood. The most luxurious models often appear in wood, with ornate details and rich surface tones.
A metal TV stand will be sturdy, more lightweight than wood, and have a potentially slimmer profile. These models can often be shaped into novel configurations, and feature unique patterns and cuts. The most modern units often feature metal in the construction, whether alone or with glass shelving.
Glass models imbue the entertainment space with a boldly progressive appearance, opening the visual space and revealing the electronics in discreet beauty. Usually fitted together with metal support pieces, glass TV stands are perfect for those who value a clutter-free space.
Once you’ve settled on the overarching design and build material of your new TV stand, you’ll want to focus on a style. This is the final defining characteristic of any piece of furniture, and its importance is extra pronounced, as the focal center of your living or family room.
Contemporary design is defined by its essence of the now. These are new, fresh designs that couldn’t have appeared decades in the past. Whether minimalist or ornate, wood or metal, contemporary styled TV stands will make a boldly progressive appearance in any home.
The traditional style evokes a timeless look, with rich wood tones, dresser-like cabinetry, and a solid, natural appearance.
As a style based on the cutting edge forms of the mid 20th century, modern furniture holds a unique, forward-thinking look. With bold, often minimalist lines, this style emphasizes function and form in equal measure.
Commonly, rustic look furniture is designed to appear woodsy, old fashioned, and very at home in a mountain cabin. These pieces often use reclaimed, natural, or otherwise untreated wood and aged metals for a timeworn look.
A unique style, industrial is meant to recreate the factory floor visuals of rough, used wood and hard steel. Often appearing in gunmetal and other dark shades, these TV stands will contrast nicely with soft natural toned rooms or blend in perfectly in loft style spaces.
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