| April 01, 2020
Those of us over a certain age will remember the console TVs of the 1970s. A 25-inch television with this giant cathode ray tube (CRT) was considered large and housed in an enclosure that had the television on its own or with extensions on either side with a stereo system and a turntable for playing vinyl LP albums . They were huge and bulky, but very popular at the time.
Today’s HD TVs are bigger and have a 50-inch screen that can be found in living rooms and bedrooms. The console has been replaced with TV stands and complete entertainment (media) centers, which are an attractive alternative to these old consoles.
How do I choose a TV stand?
A TV booth is essentially a small entertainment center. The difference is that the TV stand primarily serves as the base for the TV, while the entertainment center has additional shelves and cabinets that can protrude beyond the central area.
The first obvious step is to adjust the TV stand to fit the size of your TV. New HDTVs are usually sold with them Brackets for wall mounting and with support legs or a platform. The platform is often a rectangular or oval base that easily sits on top of any size TV stand. The main concern is choosing a stand that is close to the width of the TV.
A smaller TV on a larger stand is acceptable with additional items like a vase or a framed picture to offset the look. For a larger TV, make sure with support legs The legs sit a few inches from the edges to provide the necessary support. The legs are usually attached to the TV about two inches from the sides and spread another inch.
A wider TV on a smaller stand looks top heavy and more prone to falls It is therefore not recommended. The weight of the TV usually doesn’t matter if the stand itself is strong enough to support it. The only exception is for those who can’t part with their 1990s 37-inch CRT TV. It can still work fine though The 100 pound weight could overwhelm some TV stands Designed for the weight of today’s televisions.
How do I choose an entertainment center?
Entertainment or media centers are typically larger than television stands and will take up more space along the wall. If you want something that fits comfortably in a corner, use a smaller TV stand.
Many entertainment centers will have a central rectangular or square enclosure called that a stable, this will hold your television. Make sure your TV will fit in the stall A couple of inches on each side, top and back for adequate ventilation. This is important to help dissipate the heat generated by the TV and to make it easier to remove the TV for cleaning and to check the cables and connections.
Before you buy, make sure there are some Holes or connectors for routing power cables and wires to sockets and other peripheral devices such as speakers, video players, karaoke systems and the like. Owners of this 37-inch CRT TV must Make sure the barn doors close completely Just as many entertainment centers have sliding or double doors to hide the television when not in use.
What are the best entertainment centers and TV booths made of?
For students in a dormitory, cement blocks with wooden boards or creatively stacked plastic milk crates are good places to put a TV. If you are looking for something more sophisticated, choose either wood and metal or a combination of both.
- Wood will give a more traditional “rustic” look and will encompass the choice of woods Cherry and maple as a medium-priced wood selection Oak and mahogany for higher price wood options.
- The metal that is used in many entertainment centers and TV stands is Steel or aluminum tube with powder coating or chrome plating. Metals are better suited to modern homes.
- Those who seek cheap plastic or plastic items It is recommended to follow the famous advice: “You usually get what you pay for”.
What are the most common types of TV booths and entertainment centers?
There are three common types of TV stands and media centers that come in many styles and designs. This depends on the function and use of the device.
The first type for those who need storage space and have a wall available is an independent media center or TV stand. It can be as simple as a dresser. The TV sits on the dresser or on a wall bracket above it. Speakers and other audiovisual components can also sit on the dresser. With a wide unit with nine drawers, this is perfect for the bedroom and for storing clothes. However, keep a drawer reserved for keys, change and other sundries.
For entertainment centers, take the same standalone style and add a TV cabinet and you have it the stable style Suitable for living room or your “human cave”. When choosing this type of entertainment center, keep the above guidelines for cabins in mind.
TV stands offer an additional style, the corner unit with a triangular or three or five sided design that allows it to fit snugly in a corner. This has the advantage that you save space and can immediately become a home office. The corner unit is located outside the center of the room. Place a laptop here that you can use with noise-canceling headphones while your kids sing and dance to Baby Shark videos on YouTube.
How do I choose from the many types of entertainment centers and TV booths?
Are you lacking aesthetic skills? Get help from a friend who has these skills. If the entertainment center is part of a remodel, ask your interior designer to include it in the new design, also as a recessed media center that adds usable space to the space.
That being said, and with a nearly limitless number of style options available, it’s better to discuss what not to do. Here are the “don’ts”:
Don’t try to fit a large entertainment center into a small space. Aside from the logistics for the move, the unit will protrude into the room by up to 24 inches, or 20% of a 10 foot wide.
Don’t put modern design in an old-fashioned room. The contrast of a futuristic wall unit in a living room with a traditional or vintage design is likely to look a little strange.
Don’t do the opposite and put an old-fashioned entertainment system in a modern room.
Don’t forget to measure any other object sitting in or on the entertainment center. This includes speakers, CD players, amplifiers, sound bars, oversized books and pictures.
Don’t forget the line of sight from your seat to the television screen. A common mistake with wall-mounted TVs is mounting them too high so people will stretch their necks from the sofa. Viewers usually prefer the center of the television screen at a height of about 40 to 50 inchesHowever, this is largely a personal matter, as are the aesthetic characteristics of the TV stand you have chosen.
What else should you look out for in a TV booth or entertainment center?
Glass doors and glass panels are a nice feature of TV stands and entertainment centers. The smoked glass color goes well with the normally black TV cabinet, and the tinted glass hides items on the shelves behind the glass. Through glass, the signal from your remote control can also reach a hidden DVD player.
If you have an 8 year old who enjoys throwing small projectiles, glass may be a poor choice. Make sure that any glass door or top is made of glass tempered glass for extra strength.
You may not yet know what’s in your entertainment center. So think about it adjustable shelves that you can customize as needed. Make sure the movable support pins are not broken or damaged, and make sure they are all level before placing the shelves on them.
The choice of wood for a TV stand or entertainment center limits your color choices to a few shades of brown. Metal is usually the silver / gray color of steel or chrome. For other colors Composite materials with laminate veneers are an option.
Bluetooth and wireless technology helped, but people still have to grapple with a tangle of cables and wires from the power plug to the various inputs and outputs of your media system. When shopping for your TV stand, check to see if there are any Cable organization system thereon.
Another thing to consider are your plans to stay in your current apartment or move to the proverbial greener pastures. Your choice between buying a large heavy wall unit or a small portable TV stand Before or after your move depends on your willingness to use the former for your new apartment and its availability.
Last word: Keep in mind that your cat may find one of the drawers or a shelf of your new entertainment center the perfect place for a warm, cozy nap. This is the first place to go to see if “Princess” is missing.