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5 MIN READ   |   1 April 2024   |   Arthur Guzowski

Buyer’s Guide: How to Pick the Perfect Modern TV Stand


Not so long ago, a TV stand was something you had to have – not something you wanted to have. Most old-school stands were built for function rather than form; they were often bulky, dull and not particularly attractive to look at. They did have to be tough enough to support the weight of enormous CRT TVs, after all!

Things are a lot different nowadays. A modern TV stand can act as a stylish centrepiece. Sleek, minimalist and stylish, the TV stands of today are often desirable pieces that add something to the look of a living room, rather than detract from it. Not only that, but they’re multi-functional: instead of simply accommodating your TV, they can provide additional storage space for games consoles, accessories and more.

In this guide to picking a modern TV stand, we’re going to run through all of the key considerations you should bear in mind when shopping for your perfect piece. From weight capacity and dimensions through to pricing, construction and design, we’re covering all of the essential information you need to know. Let’s get started!

Picking the Right Modern TV Stand For You

Types of Modern TV Stands

Before you start shopping, you should think about which type of TV stand is most suitable. You’ll have a wide range of different options to choose from, the most popular being a standard, freestanding design. With a conventional oblong shape, these popular units are designed to sit flush against the wall – but not everyone has a wall large enough to opt for a unit like this.

Many of us are restricted to placing our TV in the corner of a room, which is where corner units come in. Specially-shaped to tuck neatly into the corner of your living room, they’re ideal for those looking to save a little space.

While you’re shopping, you’ll probably come across floating stands too. As their name suggests, this style of stand is mounted to the wall – a look that’s decidedly modern and remains very much in fashion. Floating TV stands can make your room feel a little bigger and less cluttered too, though they are of course more complicated to assemble and install.

Size and Weight Requirements

The type of stand you opt for will depend largely on the amount of space you have. If you only have a small living room to work with, for instance, you may immediately be restricted to a corner unit or a small, freestanding one.

Either way, it’s important to take accurate measurements of your space before you go shopping. Consider where your stand will have to be placed (which may also depend on the placement of electrical outlets) and measure that space carefully. Ideally, you want to note down a maximum width and length for your TV stand – this will help you narrow down your options quickly and simply.

You should also consider the height of your stand, which will depend largely on the height of your sofa. If you already have your TV (or know how tall it’s going to be), try and work out the optimal height based on that. The last thing you want is to choose a TV stand that places the screen too high or too low. Neck ache isn’t fun!

You’ll also need to measure the size of your TV’s own ‘stand’ or legs. Some modern screens have two small legs placed at each end of the screen, ruling out smaller TV stands, while others feature one central support.

Weight isn’t really much of a consideration nowadays. Today’s TVs are a whole lot lighter than those of yesteryear so, unless you have a particularly retro TV, any new stand should be able to take the weight fairly comfortably. There are exceptions, of course – if you have an enormous screen but only have space for a small TV stand, double check that it’s rated to support the weight of the TV.

Materials and Finishes

You really are spoilt for choice when it comes to materials. Fancy an ultra-minimalist glass stand? Perhaps a more rustic wood finish is more up your street? Or maybe you’re after a classy, sophisticated high-gloss finish?

No matter what floats your boat, you won’t be short of options. There’s all kinds of different colours and finishes out there, and which one’s best really depends on your personal taste – there’s no right or wrong answer. Just make sure you consider the overall look of the room rather than shopping for a stand that merely looks good in isolation: it’s important to make sure that the decor of your room is consistent and that each piece of furniture works well together.

Storage and Organisation

There’s more to the design of a TV stand than just the aesthetics. How it’s constructed can have a significant impact on its practicality and usefulness, too. Here are a few things to consider…

  • Does it have enough shelving to accommodate my games consoles, hi-fi system, router or any other pieces of equipment?
  • Does it incorporate storage space for accessories, like remotes, controllers, cables or other household items?
  • Does it have any neat cable management solutions built in?

Brand and Model Research

Last, but by no means least, where should you buy your stand from? With so many different brands to choose from, how do you know where to spend your hard-earned money? Your first port of call should always be reviews. Take a look at a trusted, independent review site like Trustpilot to identify brands that real customers recommend.

Once you’ve narrowed down your list, compare the offerings from each manufacturer. Do some brands offer higher quality materials than others? Maybe some offer more stylish pieces, or incorporate unique features that set them apart from the rest.

Your budget has to be considered here too. Some high-end brands may not be within your price range, so they can be excluded from the running too.

Ultimately, picking a modern TV stand is all about establishing your must-haves: features or considerations you can’t compromise on, like price, size or colour. Then, you can begin narrowing down your list of top choices based on your preferences and by identifying brands that stand out from the rest.

Speaking of stand-out brands, here at Sena Furniture we’re proud to offer an extensive range of stunning pieces that are often specified by top interior designers across Europe. Check out our full range of modern TV stands online today.

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