We cannot deny the fact that we love TV. Sitting down to watch the latest series or a favorite TV program is a routine in our houses. In fact, as per statistics, the average American spends up to 5 hours in front of the screen daily.
You invest a lot of time researching your new TV, but do you know how essential it is to find a home entertainment option that gives your television adequate support yet incorporates well with your space?
There are several factors to consider when you choose a stand for your TV, as we will see in our subsequent topics of this article. So does this mean it is ok to have a TV more extensive than your stand? The rule of thumb is to have a more comprehensive TV stand. However, it is possible depending on some factors. Let’s get started.
The TV Is Bigger Than The Stand. Is It Ok?
It is important to exhaust all options when you want to add a new TV to your room. Not all TV consoles look great; some may disappoint you with their size. The very reason why we need to answer this question.
Your TV should occupy 2/3rd of your TV stand as this offers a more balanced appearance from all angles. However, like most people, whether they are aware or not, you can get away with this mistake only if the TV remains stable on the surface top.
If having a TV that is bigger than the stand is what you want, it is a good starting point, but still, it is not the only option available. How can you select a suitable TV stand? That takes us to our subsequent sub-topic.
Factors To Consider When Purchasing TV Stand
Your living room has enough seats for everyone, and your coffee table is at the perfect distance from the couch, allowing visitors to keep their eyes on the screen as they grab a cup of coffee.
With a new flat screen you recently bought, everything seemed covered for a great afternoon full of movies. Could anything possibly go wrong at this point? You turn on your TV and grab your seat only to realize your TV stand is way too low, causing you to ache on the neck, the guests get cranky, and you miss a significant series.
Here is how you can avoid such a mistake
Measure your TV
A television’s advertised size doesn’t accurately reflect its space. Take the dimensions of the TV from diagonal measurements rather than horizontal. For instance, if a television is said to be a 65″-inch TV, the television screen is 65 inches from the left corner to the top right.
A television’s advertised (diagonal) measurements only account for the screen except for the television’s frame (the bezel). Therefore, getting the actual size of your television stand becomes tricky.
To get the actual size of your TV, you will have to measure the overall width from the left edge of the bezel to the far right edge. Measure the overall height (from the TV’s base to the frame’s top edge) and the general depth (from the TV’s front side to the back, including the TV’s base)
How to Find the Correct Size TV Stand
With the actual measurements of your TV, you are in a better place to determine the size of the TV stand. Just keep in mind that for a perfect rack, it should be at least 2/3rd wider than the overall width of your TV on either side. Ensure there is enough room in front and behind your TV.
Having an adequate room on all sides will secure your TV and ensure your TV stand adheres to the essential interior design principles in preventing an unbalanced look yet accommodates your TV safely.
In addition, the television should be at the appropriate distance from the viewing point. The general principle is to place your television at a distance twice the length of your screen size (the diagonal measurement!) For instance, a TV with a 65″ screen size should be at a distance of 130″.
Measure the height/ Determine eye level
The tall or short TV stand can create or exacerbate existing neck-or-eye strain issues. For optimal viewing, ensure that your TV stand supports your TV at a naturally comfortable height.
The general principle is for the TV center to be at or below eye level.
To calculate the optimal TV stand height, measure the distance from the floor to the average sightline of viewers in your household and the number you get, and deduct half of the TV’S height to get the ideal size for your stand. It should range at a difference between 1-2 inches.
Placement is everything
Finally, if your room layout has room for flexibility in your TV placement, try to keep it away from heating /cooling vents and windows. It is advisable to keep the television away from direct sunlight to avoid the daytime glare,
Your TV’s placement is crucial as it dictates the appropriate size for that particular space.
The position of the seats and an apparent viewing angle must flow.
TV stand-style guide
Depending on the room layout of your space, there are different styles, and here is a quick guideline.
|Space Size||Style||Size Range||Suitable Place|
|Small||Corner Consoles||Studio Apartments|
|TV Console||42-60 Inches||Bedrooms|
|Medium||TV Consoles||Master Suites|
|Fireplace Consoles||64-70inches||Home Theaters|
|TV Credenzas||Living Rooms|
|Media Cabinets||74-85-Inches||Living Room|
|Wall Units||Home Theaters|
5 Tips For A Small Space TV Stand
- Don’t opt for fancy
- Know the dimensions
- Extra features
- Screen size should fit into your space
- Avoid unnecessary accessories
Having a TV that is bigger than the stand is not ideal. There are many benefits of having the TV set at the right height, view, and style, and being on a shelf gives it adequate support and enhances the overall fabulous look. Remember your TV should cover 2/3rd of your TV stand.