You just spent a large chunk of change on a new, flat-screen TV with all the bells and whistles. It makes sense that you want to do anything you can to protect it. The wrong TV stand could be much more dangerous than you’d think. Too small, and your TV is a goner after just one accidental bump. But, before you panic, read these four tips on how to choose the right stand for your TV!
1. Measure TV Width
“That’s easy!”, you say. “It’s a 65-inch TV and it says so right here on the box!” Well now, hold on. The number you see on the box is measuring your TV from corner to corner, not side to side. If you tried to buy a TV stand based off of that number, you definitely would not be buying the right stand for your TV! So, break out a tape measure and jot down the measurement of your TV from one side to the other.
*Note: for some TV stands, you might need to know the depth of your TV to assure you can find the right stand for your TV.
2. Measure TV Height
3. Measure TV Stand Width
Sorry, you’re not done measuring quite yet, but at least this one you can measure while sitting down. Position your couch or seat wherever it will be when you’re actually viewing the TV. Go ahead and take a seat wherever you would if you would normally watch the screen. Now, measure the distance from the floor to your eyes and write that down. It is recommended that the lower half of the TV should be level with your line of sight while seated. Therefore, the shelf on which the TV sits should be no lower than 12 inches below that measurement. For readers with families, measure the average viewing height of everyone and use that number. This number will help you find the right stand for your TV!
*Expert Advice: The best viewing distance for the TV screen is approximately double your screen size. So, if you have a 60-inch TV, you will want the screen to be placed 120 inches from your viewing area.
The right stand for your TV will be at least a few inches wider than your TV. Check out this table to find the perfect TV stand size based on your TV size to make your shopping experience even simpler!
*Please note that the chart above is only to be taken as a general recommendation and not a strict guideline. As always, use sound judgment when arranging TVs, TV stands and other heavy furniture items!
4. Consider TV Stand Types
Now that you have a better idea of where your TV will be displayed, you can start thinking about what type of TV stand is right for your TV. If you want a more minimalist style, you’d be most satisfied with a stand or console. If you have a large family with lots of media and consoles, you will want to check out our multi-functional entertainment centers! Or, if you’re all about setting the mood, take a look at electric fireplace TV stands. With all these options, you’re sure to find the right stand for your TV!
Stand and Consoles
Pictured Above: Sauder Soft Modern Pale Oak Entertainment Credenza
Use a TV stand or console to create a stylish, organized space for game day or movie night. From space-saving corner TV stands to full entertainment centers, we have the right piece for any space and budget. Many of our TV stands offer helpful features, such as cord management, adjustable shelves, or printer pull-out trays.
Pictured Above: Aspen Urban Farmhouse Barn Door Entertainment Center
Showcase your TV and media collection with a stylish and functional entertainment center. Create the perfect spot for movie night, game day, or any other event. Our entertainment centers offer helpful features, such as cord management, enclosed shelves, and storage drawers.
*Note: if an entertainment center is the right stand for your TV, you will want to measure the width of your TV to make sure the TV fits without any overhang!
Pictured Above: Classic Flame/Tresanti Cantilever Log Fireplace
Add instant warmth and comfort to your home with one of our eco-friendly, electric fireplaces, fireplaces. We have everything from sleek, wall mount fireplaces to traditional fireplace TV stands. You’ll have a multi-functional piece where you can set a TV, display personal décor, and enjoy a cozy glow all year round.
Pictured Above: Martin Furniture 48-Inch Shallow Wall Mount Console Shelf
Let’s just say that you don’t think any of these options would be the right Stand for your TV. Well, if you choose to mount your TV to the wall, Homemakers still has you covered. Use one of these floating shelves to store your media!
The easiest part of finding the right stand for your TV is measuring. The most difficult part will be trying to choose one that you love out of our hundreds of options! Shop our wide variety of tv stands online or stop by our store to get some help from a sales associate.
And, once you have the right stand for your TV, check out How to Decorate the Wall Around Your TV: 9 Best Ways.
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