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How to choose TV stand: Types and how to combine (50 ideas)

Understand what models are there and what to consider when choosing the TV stand that will be best for you.

Despite the fact that today almost all TVs are attached to the wall, the space under them does not have to remain empty. A TV stand is not only a decorative element but also an opportunity to organize additional storage. In this article, we tell you what they are and how to choose the right model.

Variety

The first thing to decide is which placement method to choose. According to this criterion, several types are distinguished.

Floor

This is the classic type – a stand standing on the floor. Inside are open or closed drawers and sections that can be used to store anything from bed linen to dishes.

Wall-mounted TV stands

Suspended structures are mounted on the wall and are good because they visually “unload” the space. Such models are often used in a small or narrow room, especially if there is already a lot of furniture in it.

In modern, minimalistic, and high-tech interiors, designers often use an interesting technique – a hinged shelf along the entire length of the wall.

Embedded

Often found in modern interpretations of furniture “walls”, where several elements are combined into one set located along the wall. The design may include a dressing table (in the bedroom), an artificial fireplace, a sideboard, a bookcase, and a rack.

Tv, as a rule, occupies a central place in such a composition.

Shape and size

The second important question is what shape the product should be and what is the optimal ratio with the TV in size. There are a few rules.

  • The proportions of equipment and furniture can be any, but their ratio affects the visual perception of each element. So, against the background of a large or elongated model in the whole wall, the TV screen will visually seem smaller and lighter. Against the background of a small one, the opposite is true.
  • The standard width of the stand is from 60 to 100 cm. Optimal is the size of the surface 10-15 cm larger than the diagonal of the screen.
  • If you are installing a TV with a cabinet in the living-dining room, choose a high cabinet so that the screen is visible from behind the table. The standard height is 35-45 cm, but some models can reach up to 120 cm.
  • The perception of the whole room also depends on the shape of the stand. A narrow model from wall to wall will draw a horizontal border and stretch the room in length.
  • Figured designer TV stands (for example, triangular) will attract the eye and divert attention from other pieces of furniture.
  • The general shape of all pieces of furniture in the room should be in harmony. If the situation is dominated by smooth lines and round or oval shapes, pay attention to models with rounded corners.

For a small room, corner cabinets for the TV are suitable. They can be both wall-mounted and floor based. This arrangement allows you to use every free square centimeter, without cluttering the room.

Material

Modern TV stands are made of different materials.

  • Drywall – is characterized by the increased flexibility of sheets, which allows you to give the product any shape, including complex figures.
  • Metal – it makes reliable products that withstand heavy loads and serve for a long time. Metal models look good both in modern (loft, high-tech, etc.) and in vintage interiors.
  • Wood – products made of solid oak, ash, and other species always look solid and noble. They are environmentally friendly and add coziness to the atmosphere. Visually, a wooden product can be anything: from a high TV stand in the Scandinavian style to smooth lines and ornate carvings characteristic of the classics. This material is suitable for any room, especially for the bedroom and children’s room.
  • Chipboard and MDF are an inexpensive alternative to wood. These materials make durable and eco-friendly products of a wide variety of shapes and colors.
  • Glass is a fragile, but very beautiful and airy material. It can be transparent, matte and hardened. If the glass is transparent, without tinting, the case will seem almost weightless and visually do not take up space at all. The only drawback is that products made of this material must be handled carefully so as not to break and scratch.

Color

The color of the product depends on the overall palette of the room and on the role that is assigned to it.

For a bright bedroom or living room, especially if it is small in area, white, gray, or beige furniture is suitable. An interesting option is the texture of light wood in combination with one of these shades.

If you need to facilitate and visually expand a small space as much as possible, choose a white finish for the walls and ceiling, as well as a product with a light body – so it will “float in the air” and merge with the surface.

Another scenario is a pedestal as an accent. It can stand out due to a rich color or texture: the texture of wood, stone, or marble, contrasts with a bright finish or, conversely, act as an active element on a neutral background.

Finally, the pair of TV and stand can be dark. This is an interesting technique that both attracts the eye and “melts” the furniture in the space. The main color scheme of the room can be both in dark shades and light – in the second case, an interesting contrast will be obtained.

Filling

In addition to the appearance, the filling is also important for such furniture – it depends on what and in what quantities you can store there. When choosing a TV stand, pay attention to the following points.

  • Door. The main types are folding, swinging, and sliding. For the first two types, it is necessary to provide space so that they can be freely opened and closed. If the area is limited (for example, in a small bedroom, where the bed ends almost at the opposite wall), choose products of shallow depth with doors that are pushed sideways.
  • Compartments. They can be closed and open, only boxes or in combination with shelves. Focus on what things you plan to store: those that need to be hidden from view, put away in closed sections, and beautiful decorative elements can be left in plain sight. In a long TV stand, they can alternate.
  • Top modules. Built-in models, as a rule, also have a top tier – for example, if the cabinet on one or both sides goes into the rack. This technique is used if you need to provide maximum storage. Most often they can be seen in the living room, where books, decor, and ceremonial dishes are stored in an open rack.

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