Size and Height Guide For Your TV StandBy Bailiegh Basham · August 26, 2022
A newly purchased television can be an exciting event, but it naturally leads to the conundrum of finding the right-sized TV stand to match. There are many factors to consider, from the dimensions of the equipment to the height of your seating and the general needs of the room. Countryside Amish Furniture put together the following guide to help you shop for the ideally sized TV stands for your unique circumstances.
Step One - Determining the Preferred Furniture Type For Your TV
TV consoles are not your only option and, if you have a larger television, it might be the wrong option. Generally speaking, TV stands can accommodate screens up to 70”. However, for anything larger, we suggest a full media center with its added stabilization and general grandeur. Not only do wall-less TV stands leave the equipment exposed to the occasional bump, but they look dwarfed and disproportionately small when a large screen teeters on top.
Step Two - Find the Dimensions of your TV’s Footprint
The dimensions promoted on televisions refer to the size of the screens (measured from diagonal corners) rather than how much surface space they will require.
Therefore, it’s important to find or measure the full body of the set prior to purchasing an accompanying stand. If you already own the television, great! Simply measure the length and depth. If you have yet to order the television, you may need to do online research or call the manufacturer. Most TV retailers will offer such sizing information online, though it may be harder to find.
Step Three - Determining the Right Margins
If your television is 10” deep, you obviously don’t want a TV stand that is 10” deep as well. You will want to center the television set on top of a console that allows ample margins for both aesthetic and safety reasons.
Let’s take a commonly sized TV with a 55” screen; it typically measures 48” - 49” inches wide, suggesting that you would want a console of at least 58” of width like the Collete TV Cabinet, though you may be able to get away with less.
However, an exception to this rule is if elect for a comprehensive media center; in this scenario, the side margins between the TV and vertical shelving will be much smaller.
Step Four - Determining the Right Height For Your TV Stand
So now that you’ve figured out the right size for the TV stand, you must determine your preferred height. Ideally, the center of the screen would be eye-level for you and most family members.
Sit on the furniture, stare straight ahead, and have someone else place a piece of painter’s tape where your gaze most naturally falls. Then measure the distance from the floor to that point, and then subtract half of the TV’s height. For example, if your line of sight sits comfortably 42” from the floor and you just purchased a 32” tall television, you would calculate 40” minus 16” to get the preferred height of the TV stand, 24”.
Additional Considerations When Choosing a TV Stand’s Sizing and Style
Your television set’s dimensions aren’t the only factor that should play into your ideal TV stand size and height. Other considerations include:
- The general size of the room - Just like a giant TV can overpower a lighter console, a giant entertainment unit can engulf a smaller room. Even the shape of the unit can influence its relationship with the rest of the layout. TV stands designed for corners will use parts of the room that would otherwise be underutilized, as well as consume overall less floor space.
- Storage and display needs - Sometimes a TV stand is just a TV stand, and other times it lends itself to storing video game equipment, media collections, and various odds-and-ends. Think about whether a comprehensive media center could actually lessen the number of pieces you need, or whether its added shelving would be wasted. If the former, factor in what you would want to store and display in the unit when choosing the preferred design and size. Your choice in supplementary decorations will play a role in choosing the ideal TV stand size, even if you don’t have a larger television. For instance, if you want to surround your equipment with live plants or picture frames, the console should have extra width to support the additions without having them block the screen.
- Whether you want to hide the TV at times - traditional consoles and stands don’t come with doors designed to conceal the television. Therefore, if this is a goal, you may require a larger entertainment unit.
Tips for Arranging Your TV Watching Area
So, you have your television and a right-sized TV stand, so all that is left is setting it up! Ideally, the distance between the TV and seating would be twice the distance of the reported screen dimensions (measured corner-to-corner). Additionally, avoid positioning it anywhere where sunlight would cause a glare.
Additionally, most people want the TV facing the majority of the room’s seats (though that’s not always the case). If possible, don’t have a common walkway cutting between the couch and the television. If you’re having a family movie night, you may not want Grandpa’s pesky bladder causing him to walk in front of the television every 20 minutes.
Buy Your Right Sized TV Stand From Countryside Amish Furniture
Determined that you want a shorter Arts & Crafts TV stand for your 55” screen, complete with glass cabinets and pull-out drawers? Perhaps a full, traditionally-styled entertainment center with tall, open shelving to frame your television with books and knickknacks? You want it, we’ve got it.
Countryside Amish Furniture has hundreds of different TV stands of varying heights, sizes, and styles, enabling you to find the perfect fit for your home. Better yet, you can customize the choice of wood and stain, as well as decorative touches like handles and knobs. Peruse our online inventory and use the chat function to ask any questions about TV stand sizing that you may have.