At Modish, we have a curated collection of products in home decor, furniture and lighting for your modern home. The Modish catalogue brings you TV stands, TV Cabinets and Media Console from reputed brands like Kalalou, Modway, HomArt, Zuo, Modloft etc. Learn all you need to know about TV stands before you shop to ensure that you make an informed decision.
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What is a TV console?
Concept of TV console is derived from the traditional console televisions, where the console: a wooden cabinet used to be the integral part of television. The TV cabinet used to have the non removable remote control, power buttons and speakers in it.
A modern TV console serves a purpose of both cabinet and TV unit. It is usually made of wood and has storage shelves where you can keep your TV remotes, play stations and TV box. A television having so many tangled wires around may look messy, to avoid that situation modern consoles come with few holes at the back through which you can pass all the TV cables and make the wall look clean.
What is a media stand?
A media stand is wall mounted room furniture that is used for multiple purposes and gives the whole room a clean cut and organized vibe. Such entertainment center wall unit may either be as small as a console or may expand to fill up the whole accent wall of your living room. Usually it comprises of a TV stand, a console like cabinet at the bottom and shelves on both sides of the TV space, It can sometimes be a shelf mounted on top above the TV space. It has extra storage where you can keep your books, your favorite DVD collection, documents, may be a flower vase and much more.
What is console furniture?
The word Console arises from the French word consolidaire which means to consolidate and the word “consolle’ which means a bracket or support. Console furniture, therfore refers to a table which does not occupy center stage but is on the side in a corner or against the periphery of the wall and has few shelves to keep a bunch of stuff. It can also be placed in the hallway, entryway and used as a décor as well as functional unit. It is a versatile furniture which can be used as a vanity table, a TV console or may be as a study desk. On the other hand a media console furniture facilitates space for your entertainment units as well, such as TV, TV box, game box etc.
Entertainment centers provide plenty of storage for other items, such as cable boxes, video game consoles, and Blu-ray players. The design allows you to easily connect any cords from devices in the entertainment center to the TV.
Corner TV stands are smaller and designed with a triangular edge, so they fit into the corner of a room. TV hutches have an enclosed space for the TV, which makes it less of a focus in the room.
What is the difference between a Media cabinet and TV Stand?
The main difference between a media cabinet and a TV stand is that, a TV stand serves as a stand for TV with minimum attachments to favor a compact look. A media cabinet has more space for various types of related electronic addendums and accessories complementing the main media, all of which can be stored in multiple cabinets around the TV space. It is usually wall mounted and much bigger in size than a TV stand. A media cabinet may have shelves with shutters or doors while a console mostly has open shelves.
Do you need a TV stand?
Yes, a TV stand is a must-have to hold and hide all the wires neatly and to organize TV remotes, DVD player and TV box etc. It holds the TV in place with the help of mount holes at the backside of the TV. A good TV stand makes your space can serve as a central organizing point of the room.
How do I choose a TV stand?
Choose a TV stand as per the height of your seating in the room. It should be equal or one inch below the seating . If the TV screen is too big and placed far away from the couch , it can be placed a little above than the seating. You must also keep in mind rest of your expectations while choosing the right TV stand for your room such as, color of the TV stand, enough storage space for your necessary TV attachments. TV stands are available from $100 to $500 depending on the brand or material it is made of.
How to measure for the size of a TV stand/ TV Console?
First measure your TV screen, the right way of measuring your TV screen is to measure it diagonally. make sure you don’t include the size of bezel while measuring the screen. An ideal distance to watch TV is 1.5 times the diagonal length of your TV. From such distance, measure how high is going to be your eye level while sitting on your favorite spot. Mark the point where your eye level lies and assume that the centre of you TV screen should be that point.
Once the height at which you want to mount your TV is decided, you may choose a TV stand that provides desired height to it.
How tall should a media console be? What is the average height of a console table?
Ideally a television should be placed at the eye level. If you are buying a console for your living area or bedroom, the general rule is to choose a console matching the height of your couch or bed respectively. This height is typically around 42 inches above the floor. Different spaces demand different TV height. For example for a large living room where sofas or couches are ranged at slightly higher level from the floor, a TV placed on a 42 inch height would be too low and you need a tall media console to fix the problem. In that case the TV should be mounted at least six feet above the floor so that many people standing in the hall would be able to watch TV screen without any hassle.
In the bedroom the height of the TV depends solely on the height of the bed. It should be a little below eye level so that the neck is not strained. If the bed has a headboard then it can a pitched a few inches higher in comparison to beds without headboards.
In general, a rule of thumb is that the average height for a console table is around 33 inches, therefore the height at which the TV should be kept is about 33-35 inches.
How high should a TV stand be?
As a rule.
*a 42" TV should be mounted about 56" from the floor to centre of the screen,
* a 55" TV should be mounted about 61" from the floor to the centre of the screen,
* a 65" TV should be mounted about 65" from the floor to the centre of the screen and
*a 70" TV should be mounted about 67" from the floor to the centre of the screen.
How far should I sit from a 55inch TV?
Ideally one should sit at least 1.5 times the measurement of diagonal of the TV screen.
How big should your TV stand/TV Console be?
Your TV stand should be big and spacious enough to hold your TV well. The height of your TV stand should be according to your eye level. Also It should complement the whole room as per its size. On an average it should not look too big or too small in comparison to your TV and wall.
Ideal width of Your TV stand/TV Console as per the size of your TV
Under 32 inch TVs = 28 inches
32-49 inch TVs = 30-45 inches
50-54 inch TVs = 46-49 inches
55-59 inch TVs = 50-53 inches
60-64 inch TVs = 54-57 inches
65-69 inch TVs = 58-62 inches
70 inch TVs or larger = More than 63 inches
How to Find the right height at which a TV should be?
It is simple to determine the right size TV stand that you should buy. All you need to do is to sit on your usual spot in front of the television and mark a point on the front wall at your eye level, TV should be placed in a way that this point lies at the centre of the TV screen. Choose a TV stand accordingly so that the same height for installation of TV would be maintained after adding up the TV stand.
How deep should a media cabinet be?
Ideally, 36 inches is a good height for a base, while 20 to 24 inches is a good depth for your media cabinet in which you can keep your TV box, play station, and other TV attachments very easily.
How do you measure a corner TV stand?
To get an appropriate TV stand for your corner space, the only thing that you have to keep in mind is that it should be broader than the length of the TV (From lower left corner to lower right corner) in order to provide plenty of space to you TV to sit in. For a more precise measurement you can do some math's by using the Pythagorean theorem in your calculator. The theorem says that one side squared plus second side squared is going to be equal to third side squared. Which means if square root of the two walls' measurement added together is larger than the square root of the TV length , you have enough space for your TV to place in that corner TV stand.
What kind of materials are available for TV stands?
The most common material which the TV stands and Media Console are made are wood and metal. Wooden TV stands add a more traditional, rustic style to a home, while metallic modular TV stands work well in more modern homes. Woods used in TV stands include cherry, maple, oak, and mahogany, and the wide variety allows you to choose a wood that looks good and fits your budget. Metal TV stands often have a powder or chrome finish to enhance their appearance.
What are some of the extra features in TV stands and media cabinets?
Shelves, glass doors, and drawers are all common extras that are found in some, but not all, TV stands. Whichever you choose, make sure you have enough space for every device that needs to be close to the TV. If you can fit your whole media library in your TV stand’s media center, that’s a nice bonus
Adjustable shelves are helpful if you have items of different sizes that you want to fit in your TV stand. TV stands with drawers and glass doors come in handy if you’d prefer to hide the items in the stand from view, so people only see the stand and the TV. For TV stands with glass doors, check that it’s tempered glass, which is much stronger than regular glass.
How do you decorate a media console?
You can decorate your media console in many different ways in order to create the desired look as per your taste and needs. As the media console speaks about your personality being the focal point of the room, the décor items have to be wisely chosen and organized. For example, if you are a music lover, you can keep your favorite records in those extra shelves in your media console. For avid readers, keeping their favorite books is a good idea also pet lovers can decorate their media console with cute little pictures of their pets. Art lovers can put their favorite art pieces complementing the color of the console. You can also keep lamps with interesting lampshades and flower vases as per your taste.
How do you design around a TV?
By adding up a TV Media stand or a TV console, you can design around your TV in a unique way. The shelves around the TV media gives you the space to display your little items like art pieces, vases and pictures. A media stand has high utility in terms of giving your room an inviting space as well as giving extra storage and easy access to your usual items like keys, invoices, mails etc.
Guide to buying a Television Stand, Media Console or TV Shelf
Buying a TV stand or media center is always a challenge. Normally we spend a lot of time on choosing the TV and more often than not the TV stand is an afterthought. So we bring you a buying guide for the television stand and media centers. What should you look for when looking out for the best television shelf, television stand, media center, AV centers.
Measuring the TV and the space:
The first step is to measure the television. TVs and TV stands are measured in different ways. TVs are measured diagonally, while TV stands are measured across the width. So when we have a 60 inch TV it means that a 60 inch TV does not need a 60 inches wide stand. In fact the width of the television is likely to be about 55-56 inches wide.
If you want to get a TV stand that perfectly aligns with the edge of your TV, you'll need to measure the width of your TV, not the given screen size. A TV's width will be less than the screen size but if you need to add the speakers on the side, large borders, or buttons, then the size will not be dependent solely on the diagonal width of the screen. However you also need to factor in other issues like whether you need to keep something else on the television stand when deciding the width of the TV stand.
You will also need to measure the space you want to put the television in.
What kind of a viewer are you?
Your viewing habits and electronics will be really helpful in determining which TV stand will work best for you. For example, if your Television has inbuilt wifi, it can run apps without being connected to any other device and you can opt for a fully closed unit. If you want to stash your cable box in the TV stand and still be able to use the remote with it, you'll need a unit with an open front or IR friendly glass.
These are the things to keep in mind depending on what kind of a viewer you are:-
- Cable TV aficionado – You will need a platform for the cable box and room for the unit to swivel and IP glass for changing channels.
- Core Gamer/ Casual Gamer- If you plan to paly games you will need a TV stand or media center with plenty of storage for consoles, games, and controllers. Therefore go for an open fronted stand with storage drawers or storage open shelves. You should definitely avoid closed back media centers because the heat generated from the consoles needs to dissipate. Some airflow is required to cool down the electronics.
- Movie Afficionado-If you are a movie lover you should opt for shelves for for Blu Ray/DVD player and for movies. You will need an open design, preferably with open shelves so that there is extra space for electronics you need for your movies
Home Décor Focus-If you are looking to match the TV console or stand with room décor then get something which is of similar material or similar or complementary colors. If the style of the room is rustic then the console should be of similar style and so on. if your home has a classic look, a brushed steel frame stand might appear too modern.
Before making any purchase, here are some important things to consider:
Here are some key features to look for when buying a media console, TV stand
- Ventilation–In any media center, electronic components generate heat, and without ventilation that trapped heat can seriously affect your gear’s life and performance. You need to look for openings in the bottom, in the shelving, and in the back of the cabinet to allow free-flowing air. A totally enclosed space is not ideal for an electronic equipment bank.
- Location of the media console- If the media console is to be placed against a straight wall, you can opt for a wide console; but if it is to be placed against a corner, a triangular back design is needed.
- Wire channels–If you need to connect your receiver on the middle shelf to the Blu-ray player on the lower shelf, it’s important to have access to your cables. Look for openings in the back of shelves, portals in back panels, and notches in the back of side supports.
- Depth of shelf-Center channel speakers and sound bars usually need wider compartments than a receiver or Blu-ray player. A high-end A/V receiver can require a deeper compartment than a mid-line receiver.
- Tempered glass door panels– For simple storage, solid door panel might be fine. But if you need to control your equipment remotely, you should look for a door that allows IR signals to pass without interference. Such panel doors often feature smoked or tinted glass to discretely hide your components.
- Removable back panels– Entertainment furniture features back panels that are easy to remove for quick access. These panels can also have passive ventilation slots, and openings for cables to be run between shelves.
- Wheels- Built-in wheels provide easy access to the rear of your cabinet. Of course, you’ll need access to initially set up your gear, but that won’t be the only time. You’ll need access whenever you upgrade or replace a component in your system. Sometimes wires work loose, and you’ll need to open up the cabinet back and check connections. Plus, wheels make it easy to move the furniture for cleaning.
Care & Maintainence:
- Like all wooden/ metal furniture dust your TV Stands, Tv Cabinets and Media Consoles regularly. Avoid harsh chemicals. Use a feather duster or soft cloth for dusting. Avoid harsh chemicals.