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TV Accessories Buying Guide

TV technology has come a long way in the last decade and with plasma, LCD, HDTV and even 3D TV's available, you really are spoiled for choice as to the TV you pick. However, without the right stand your TV can turn from a joy into an eyesore. Take a look at our guide to TV stands to make sure that you buy everything you need to go with your new TV.

Glass TV Stands

If your TV is freestanding then you’ll need a stand for it to be placed on. Glass TV stands are widely available in stores and online and are ideal in contemporary spaces. Glass TV stands are generally available in transparent or black glass with vertical supports made from chrome, silver, aluminium or plastic.

When buying a TV stand it’s important to consider where your cables will go. If your TV has lots of cables and attachments then make sure you choose a stand that can accommodate them. It’s easier to hide cables if you choose a black glass stand but they do tend to make dust more visible so they will also need to be cleaned more often. The following table illustrates the pros and cons of glass TV stands:

Pros Cons
  • Can usually add castors
  • Large choice of products
  • Equipment is ventilated well
  • Modern and contemporary
  • Presents good value for money
  • Open design can leave cables and other equipment on show
  • May not suit a traditional home
  • Shelves tend to be fixed so heights can’t be adjusted
  • Can make cable management difficult
  • Attract more dust than a wooden alternative

When choosing a glass cabinet make sure you’ve asked yourself the following questions:

  • Will the cabinet fit the space I want to put it in?
  • Is the height of shelves enough to accommodate all your TV components, cables etc?
  • Is the cabinet manufactured from safety glass?

Cantilever TV stands

A cantilever stand combines wall mounting with a free standing cabinet. Generally they are constructed from a base made of wood or glass with one or more shelves but rather than resting on these, the TV is attached to a central spine bolted to the stand so that it rests in mid air and not on the shelves.

A cantilever stand is a good alternative to a wall mounted TV as there is no need to drill into the wall and little chance of your TV falling off. As the TV is bolted to the stand it’s also safer than a freestanding TV as there is less likelihood of it getting knocked over.

When choosing a cantilever stand make sure it’s able to support the weight of your TV and look for one with good cable management facilities. The following table illustrates the pros and cons of cantilever stands:

Pros Cons
  • Ideal for bedrooms/kitchens etc when the viewing height of the TV needs to be raised
  • Space saving designs
  • Safer for households with pets or children
  • Easier and more practical than wall mounting
  • Allows you to change your room around easily
  • Can have poor cable management
  • Shelves can sometimes be less sturdy than a freestanding cabinet
  • Installation is more complex than a freestanding stand
  • Difficult to find a model that allows castors to be attached

When choosing a cantilever TV stand make sure you’ve asked yourself the following questions:

  • Is the stand able to support the weight of the TV?
  • Is the bracket on the stand compatible with your TV?
  • Is the cable management adequate for your needs?
  • Will the TV be at the right height when it’s mounted?

TV Cabinets

TV cabinets have fallen out of fashion in recent years but now they’re back as more and more people want the option of hiding their TV away when it’s not in use.

You can find cabinets available in all sizes, materials and finishes, so you’re bound to be able to find one that’s right for your home. The TV cabinet you choose should have ample space to keep cables and other components out of sight and should also have an open or removable back to avoid electronic equipment overheating.

Most cabinets come with adjustable shelving so you can fit all your essential equipment in and can be supplied in flat pack form or fully assembled. With so many different types of TV cabinet to choose from its easy to find one that suits the style of your home, whether it’s traditional or modern.

The following table illustrates the pros and cons of TV cabinets:

Pros Cons
  • AV equipment is protected by the enclosed design
  • Superior cable management facilities
  • Wide choice of styles, designs and finishes
  • Can be supplied fully assembled
  • Usually more expensive than freestanding alternatives
  • Flat pack cabinets can be complicated to put together
  • A non removable back panel can cause electronic equipment to overheat.

When choosing a TV cabinet, make sure you’ve asked yourself the following questions:

  • Is the cabinet large enough to accommodate my TV, cables and other components?
  • Will the cabinet fit in the space provided?
  • Will the remote control function when cabinet compartments are closed?
  • Is there an open back or removable back panel?

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