In this week's how-to guide, we at Wishack Online decided to tackle one of our most frequently asked questions, What's the Right TV Stand for Me?
There are lots of options available, and lots of questions to ask yourself before making a purchase. Do I want corner or regular stand? Do I want glass or wood? How much storage do I need for DVDs and AV equipment? Here we've broken it down into three, simple steps to make your shopping experience that much easier.
How Heavy is My TV?
Like many households, you may now have purchased a flat screen or flat panel TV. These tend to be lighter but need a wider base to sit on properly. Because the television carries most of the weight in the center of the TV base, you want to ensure that your stand doesn't sag in the center. Additional center supports are also important to keep your furniture. Try to keep this trick in mind: The shelf where your TV sits, should have extra supports every 2 feet to keep it sturdy.
TV Stand or Wall Mount?
This is another important question to address before purchasing a TV stand. Sometimes, it's easier to have a wall mount for space-saving reasons but also because they are easier to move. An articulating wall mount is one of the most convenient options because of the range it can tilt. If you have an open floor plan living room/kitchen area, it allows you a lot of versatility to tilt the TV to your needs in order to make the most of your space. Watch the game in full view so that everyone can enjoy!
What Are My Storage Options?
Before you buy, focus on your storage needs first. Do you have a lot of audio visual equipment like DVD players, gaming systems and movies? Additional storage for these components will keep everything neat and tidy. If you have a lot of receivers, consider a tower or stacking TV stand, one with multiple shelving options. Stands with doors that swing out with built-in media storage are also ideal.
Be sure to keep in mind how you want to utilize your space and with this guide, the rest will be easy.