A functional yet good-looking TV stand or cabinet is an essential part of any modern living room setup. Gone are the days when TVs were big and bulky standalone objects. If you're not using a wall bracket, then a modern, thin and sleek screen will need something equally cool to perch on.
But how do you know which one is right for you? Imagine you're someone with no DIY experience or tools and you buy an expensive TV stand, only to find there are no holes in the back to put your required cables through... Disaster! Luckily, our buying guide and top ten products from Amazon, Argos and John Lewis have you covered at all angles. Let's find you your perfect TV stand today!
Whether you want a small corner unit to fit just a smart TV or a full home-entertainment stand for a large TV in a large room, this buying guide will help you determine exactly what you need to know before you buy.
The size and shape you need for your room is the most important thing to consider when buying a new TV stand. We break your choices down into a few simple steps, right here!
Before purchasing a TV stand, the number one thing you want to think about is the size. You could have the perfect design and style for your room, but there’s absolutely no point buying it if it’s too small for your TV. Each product should state the maximum TV size it can accommodate.
The same also goes if the stand itself is too big for your space. We would suggest you get out a measuring tape and measure the space you’re going to put your new stand in before making your purchase. This may seem obvious to some, but you never know!
When it comes to shape, you'll usually see two types of TV stands. There are rectangular designs in various widths and heights, ranging from sleek, low and long units to tall, narrow options with extra drawers and storage.
A low design might fit a single or couple of professionals in a modern flat but might be problematic for a family with messy children. Consider a more blocky TV stand if you’ve got less space or you own a smaller TV.
The other shape people often need from a TV stand, especially in smaller homes, is a corner unit. These will have one or two sides designed to fit into a corner, to save on space. You'll need to pay a little more attention to their measurements, though, to ensure they properly fit the area you want to place them in.
Some stands are built with smart TVs in mind, and may not have premade holes to put games console, TV box or soundbar cables through. So, if you’ve got loads of gadgets you hook up to your TV, you’d do best to make sure there’s somewhere for those cables to go.
You’ll also need the right shelving for them all. There’s no point buying a nice, flat, modern glass bench design, only to clutter it all up with your peripherals! This goes double for a family TV unit, which may need even more space to unobtrusively store everyone's stuff away neatly.
A few TV stands on our list even have adjustable shelving, which is a good choice if you own any larger devices or want to display objects such as consoles, art books, vinyl records or even a desktop PC.
Lastly, consider the look and materials. If you live in a country cottage with a rustic feel, a modern black and glass TV stand might not fit your style. Likewise, an old-school pinewood or oak cabinet would look out of place in a spacious modern room with lots of windows and a minimal feel.
Then there's the question of just how aesthetically-pleasing you want your TV stand to be. The fanciest and often best looking designs cost a lot more than the more low-key functional options. If you want uniquely-designed hand-crafted pieces made from British oak or maple, for example, you'll have to shell out a bit more to get it.
That doesn't mean that the budget-friendly options are planks of MDF balanced on paint pots, however. You can get some lovely designs with matte plastic finishes at lower price points. Some even use textured MDF or plastic that looks like other types of wood. Generally, though, the coolest-looking TV stands with the nicest materials will cost you more.
So, now you've hopefully got an understanding of what kind of features and style you need from a TV stand, here's our pick of the best options on the market right now. Chances are, your perfect new purchase is in there somewhere – so let's get into it!
|Dimensions||H46 x W103 x D50 cm|
|Max. TV Size||43 inch screens|
|Shape||Medium height, deep|
|Shelves and Storage||4 shelves|
|Cable Holes||2 open panels for easy access|
|Material||Oak-effect MDF (white, black and beech available)|
|Dimensions||W68 x H100x D40 cm|
|Max. TV Size||45 inch screens|
|Shelves and Storage||6 shelves, 2 cupboards, upper space|
|Material||MDF with glossy matte finish|
|Dimensions||H50 x W80 x D40 cm|
|Max. TV Size||32 inch screens|
|Shape||Slanted, medium height, narrow|
|Shelves and Storage||2 extra shelves|
|Cable Holes||Open access|
|Dimensions||H71 x W135 x D33 cm|
|Max. TV Size||52 inch screens|
|Shelves and Storage||3 drawers, 2 shelves|
|Material||MDF with glossy matte coating|
|Dimensions||H40 x W110 x D 45.5 cm|
|Max. TV Size||55 inch screens|
|Shape||Oval, low and long|
|Shelves and Storage||2 shelves, 1 adjustable|
|Material||Oak covered MDF, steel back panel, black glass|
|Dimensions||H44.7 x W150.3 x D39.6 cm|
|Max. TV Size||65 inch screens|
|Shape||Low and long|
|Shelves and Storage||2 drawers with runners, 1 shelf|
|Cable Holes||Easy access|
|Material||Plastic, wood-effect shelf|
|Dimensions||H61 x W150 x D40 cm|
|Max. TV Size||65 inch screens|
|Shape||Extra tall and long, straight|
|Shelves and Storage||5 shelves, 2 cupboards|
|Cable Holes||Open for easy access|
|Material||Oak finish MDF (white and black/walnut available)|
|Dimensions||H44 x W138 x D45 cm|
|Max. TV Size||60 inch screens|
|Shape||Straight, long, low|
|Shelves and Storage||2, plus 2 draws|
|Material||Oak wood, cast iron legs|
|Dimensions||H42 x W105 x D40 cm|
|Max. TV Size||45 inch screens|
|Shape||Straight, medium low|
|Shelves and Storage||2|
|Material||Oak or walnut wood|
|Dimensions||H50 x W110 x D40 cm|
|Max. TV Size||45-50 inch screens|
|Shape||Straight, medium height, long|
|Shelves and Storage||1 adjustable shelf, 2 slatted cabinets|
|Cable Holes||2 large|
|Material||Wood finish MDF, steel frame and legs|
John Lewis & Partners
TV Console Unit with Shelves
Taper 1050 TV Stand
Calia TV Stand
Turin 2 Door Extra Large TV Unit
Floating TV Top Unit
Affinity Premium Buckingham 1100 TV Stand
LED TV Cabinet With Ambient Lights
Matrix Glass Corner TV Unit
White Corner TV Stand
Maine TV Unit
A Great All-Rounder for Living Room or Bedroom
Sleek and Curved Handmade British Design
Elegant American Oak on a Solid Iron Frame
Tonnes of Storage for Big Families and TVs up to 65 Inches
Stylish, Long and Low for Minimalist Setups
Cool Shaped Unit With Adjustable Shelf and Back Panel
A Modern White LED Cabinet at a Decent Price
Functional Glass Corner Unit With Easy Assembly
A Taller Cabinet Ideal for Display
Simple but Effective Budget Option
|Dimensions||H50 x W110 x D40 cm||H42 x W105 x D40 cm||H44 x W138 x D45 cm||H61 x W150 x D40 cm||H44.7 x W150.3 x D39.6 cm||H40 x W110 x D 45.5 cm||H71 x W135 x D33 cm||H50 x W80 x D40 cm||W68 x H100x D40 cm||H46 x W103 x D50 cm|
|Max. TV Size||45-50 inch screens||45 inch screens||60 inch screens||65 inch screens||65 inch screens||55 inch screens||52 inch screens||32 inch screens||45 inch screens||43 inch screens|
|Shape||Straight, medium height, long||Straight, medium low||Straight, long, low||Extra tall and long, straight||Low and long||Oval, low and long||Tall, long||Slanted, medium height, narrow||Tall, corner||Medium height, deep|
|Shelves and Storage||1 adjustable shelf, 2 slatted cabinets||2||2, plus 2 draws||5 shelves, 2 cupboards||2 drawers with runners, 1 shelf||2 shelves, 1 adjustable||3 drawers, 2 shelves||2 extra shelves||6 shelves, 2 cupboards, upper space||4 shelves|
|Cable Holes||2 large||4||1||Open for easy access||Easy access||1||None||Open access||1||2 open panels for easy access|
|Material||Wood finish MDF, steel frame and legs||Oak or walnut wood||Oak wood, cast iron legs||Oak finish MDF (white and black/walnut available)||Plastic, wood-effect shelf||Oak covered MDF, steel back panel, black glass||MDF with glossy matte coating||Chrome, glass||MDF with glossy matte finish||Oak-effect MDF (white, black and beech available)|
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So, there you have it, our pick of the best 10 TV stands available at the UK's biggest online shopping sites today. From monster full-wall options for the entire family to smaller more stylish pieces for the swankiest of rooms, we hope you've found a TV stand to suit your needs.
Author: David Weir
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