AV Furniture: TV Stand Buying GuideAV furniture is important to those of us who enjoy TV and movies, but want our home theater to look nice and complement our home. One of the key pieces of AV furniture is the TV stand.

If you are looking for AV furniture then you know that there are so many TV stand choices that it’s almost mind boggling. How can you possibly choose the right TV console for your needs?

There are several things to consider when choosing a TV stand.

Location, Location, Location

A corner TV stand can be an excellent solution. It allows you to tuck your TV into the corner freeing up valuable wall space in the rest of the room.

Hanging your TV on the wall using a wall mount can also be a lifesaver in a room where it’s already tight.

Width

When you buy a flat screen TV, you buy it by size, but the size that is specified is the diagonal measurement of the screen. On the other hand, when a TV stand specifies that it can accommodate TVs up to a certain size, there is really no way to tell whether they’re are talking about diagonal size or actual TV width.

A TV’s width will always be less than its diagonal screen measurement. That means that whether they’re referencing the TV width or TV display diagonal length, the TV stand will accommodate either.

That being said, in case there is a mistake in the description of the TV stand you’re considering, it’s good to verify the actual width of the TV stand so you can compare it to the width of your flat panel TV.

Height

The general theory is that the center of the TV screen should be at the same level as the eyes of the viewers. If you’re going to mount the TV on the wall above the fireplace or on a high TV stand, that may not be practical.

On the other hand, if you use a tilting mount, you will be able to point the TV screen down at the viewers effectively achieving the same thing.

In our home theater, we have positioned the TV higher because we sit in recliners and looking straight at a TV that is at eye-level is awkward and a strain on the neck. If you will be mostly watching TV from a reclined position, keep that in mind when you’re choosing your AV furniture.

Weight

Most TV stands specify a maximum weight in addition to maximum width for the flat panel TV’s they can accommodate. You should be careful about the weight specification though. Some manufacturers specify the total weight including all shelves that a stand can handle and some will specify just the weight of the TV, which means the weight that the top of the TV stand can withstand.

Your Style

AV furniture style is important. When it comes to your home furnishings, it’s all about how it makes you feel. You have your own style and your TV stand should reflect that. TV stands come in wood, metal, glass, and other materials.

Light

Most modern TVs are bright enough to overcome ambient light in a bright room, but shadows can still cause problems depending on the location of your TV. It’s a good idea to pay attention to this while you’re placing the TV stand so that you don’t end up with poor daytime viewing.

Cable Management

Some TV stands have a hole cutout in the back of the stand and they call it cable management. True cable management includes routing clips and other routing techniques to help you hide and manage your wires, cords, and cables. If the looks and organization of your setup is important, be sure to choose a stand with a true cable management design.

Audio

It’s widely accepted that your TV’s integrated audio system will probably be uninspiring. Sound bars and external speakers are the solution and allow you to immerse yourself in high definition audio that can completely change your viewing experience.

With that in mind, you need a place to put speakers or the sound bar and subwoofer. Some TV stands come with accommodations for the speakers and a subwoofer, but most don’t. If you want to put a sound bar in front of your TV or speakers to the side, make sure you have allowed enough room on your new AV furniture for them.

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