10 Best TV Stands | December 2016
- perfect for dorm or apartment
- easy tool-free assembly
- tends to chip and scratch easily
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- pull ring draw hardware
- open shelving for media devices
- slightly overpriced option
|Brand||Linon Home Dcor|
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
- striking slender metal legs
- solid and stable design
- not a lot of storage space
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- magnetic catches on doors
- tempered glass doors
- adjustable center shelf
|Rating||3.5 / 5.0|
- 12 various-sized compartments
- holds tvs up to 42 inches
- difficult to tip or knock over
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
- metal legs accent the wood nicely
- affordable price point
- assembly is required
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
- wall mount suitable for tvs up to 60"
- snap on panels hide wires
- attaches securely to the wall
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
- floor levelers for even stance
- beautiful black tempered glass shelf
- rear cable management system
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
- four open shelves and two drawers
- great reviews from owners
- available in walnut or black and white
|Brand||Furniture of America|
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
- elegant metal hardware
- adjustable side cabinets
- angled edge tabletop
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
Stand And Deliver
I went through a strange phase in my life when I wanted everything to be on the floor. My mattress sat on the floor with no box spring, my books sat in vertically stacked piles on the floor, I ate on the floor and had no chairs, and my television, too, sat on the floor.
It wasn't the worst set up, but an unforeseen intruder made the situation untenable. One night, as I lay down to sleep just a few spring-loaded inches off of the floor, I heard the scurry of two hungry mice. I knew if there were two, there had to be many.
The thought of having a mouse so easily hop into bed with me disturbed me enough to elevate my mattress onto a frame, and from there I slowly climbed back to normal. First, I got some book shelves. Then, I grabbed a table and some chairs–I even started eating elevated. The last thing I eventually propped up was my television, so I went off looking for a stand.
The great thing about TV stands that are designed as TV stands–and not as coffee tables or media centers that might house a TV–is that they're built with support in mind. There isn't a stand on this list that doesn't have some kind of centralized support.
If you've ever put a TV or anything similarly heavy on a bookshelf or a coffee table without any central support, you've seen what happens. Over time, the weight of the TV causes the tabletop or shelf to bow, slowly creeping toward an inevitable break and the destruction of your stuff. The stands on our list, by contrast, come equipped with plenty of support and varying degrees of storage for the organization of all your attendant media.
Positively Negative Space
Supposedly, Mozart once said that the music is not in the notes, but in the spaces between the notes. Some folks say the quote belongs to Claude Debussy. Either way, there is a great deal of art theory that puts a keen focus on negative space in painting, sculpture, and music. Form, it is said, is naught but any and all space within and without itself.
Thinking about negative space–the gaps in the shape of things–when evaluating TV stands is a great place to start. After all, these units are essentially forms of sculpture. In this case, however, that negative space often has a specific purpose.
As streaming becomes more and more the significant method by which we access our audiovisual content on the television, hard copies of films and shows are bound to become scarcer. You will find that your need for storage space will likely decline as the years progress.
For now, you still need shelving to house your DVDs, box sets, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and more. If you have a large enough collection of such media and apparatuses, you’d do well to invest in a TV stand that offers you a lot of storage. On the other hand, if you’re a minimalist–or a futurist who’s already ripped his whole library onto an external hard drive–you could get away with a smaller storage setup.
Another invaluable evaluative variable is the look of the unit. There are TV stands on this list that would look perfect in a modernist apartment with a grey couch, black granite countertops in the kitchen, and stainless steel everything, but if you put that same piece in a Victorian home decorated with all the floral flourish of the period, it might just wilt the daisies on the wallpaper.
When accounting for taste in your selection, make sure you don’t view a given TV stand in a vacuum. It may look nice enough in the pictures online, but it’s more important to picture the piece in your head right there along with the coffee table you’ve got, as well as the rest of your furniture.
All Set Up To Succeed
The first commercially available TVs that made their way into the homes of Americans after the second world war came housed in their own kind of stands. That's to say that manufacturers built each television with all its necessary parts into a simple wooden box on a quartet of legs.
Once televisions became a little lighter and a lot more ubiquitous–and particularly when Americans began to keep more than one television in each household–they were built in such a way that necessitated additional strength. Whether this was a collusory tactic between the producers of television and the makers of TV stands is more or less impossible to prove, but the latter certainly made a meal out of a newly formed market of watchers in need of support.
In the early 2000s, the old vacuum tube television began is steady descent into obsolescence, and the dawn of the HD flat screen was upon us. These TVs offered new weight and balance restrictions, as well as accessibility to screen sizes previously useless in common households due to limited viewing angles. With the new technology, you could pack a 55" television into a studio apartment, put a 180˚ half-circle of chairs around it, and not get a single complaint about picture quality.
For manufacturers, this meant a redesign of their most common TV stands to become both sturdier and more accommodating to wider televisions, resulting in the options we have laid out for you here.