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In Germany, 70 % of the total population watched television daily in 2019. The average consumption was 237 minutes per day. The corresponding devices must be stored safely and aesthetically. For this reason, TV cabinets have become indispensable for many.

For every taste and all space conditions, there are now TV cabinets made of many different materials for indoors and outdoors. For our product comparison, we have compared different models for you and worked out the most important aspects.




Summary

  • TV cabinets are primarily used to store the TV and associated equipment such as receivers and DVD players in a protected way.
  • TV furniture can be a decorative addition to the interior. They come in many colours, sizes, shapes and materials.
  • TV cabinets are available in furniture shops or on the Internet. In addition to mass-produced items, there are also custom-made ones. Alternatively, you can build them yourself.

The Best TV Cabinet: Our Choices

In the following, we have compiled our favourites. This should help you to simplify your purchase decision and find the right TV cabinet for your needs.

Buying and Rating Criteria for TV Cabinets

To help you find the perfect TV cabinet, we have put together some buying criteria that you should consider when buying so that you can make an objective and informed choice. These criteria should make a comparison easier.

The criteria you can use to compare TV cabinets include:

Types and kinds of wood used

The most common material for TV cabinets is wood. You can distinguish both the type of wood and the type of wood. There are also TV cabinets made of metal, glass and rattan.

Typical woods used for furniture construction are:

  • Birch
  • Oak
  • Alder
  • Spruce
  • Pine
  • Cherry tree
  • Walnut
  • Rosewood
  • Pine
  • Teak

Colour

There is a wide choice when it comes to colour. From classic brown to cream, black or white to grey, golden and red, everything is available. TV cabinets in white look timeless and modern. They can also be combined well with other pieces of furniture. Black TV furniture appears more elegant, but quickly makes a room look gloomy. Black is a particularly good choice if all the furniture is rather dark.

Dimensions

The dimensions of TV cabinets are given in the format height x width x depth. They are usually given in cm. In principle, there are TV cabinets in every size. Depending on the space available, you will find high, flat, deep, long, short, wide, narrow, small and large models on the market.

Which model you should choose depends essentially on the space available and the size or quantity of the devices. The screen diagonal is decisive for the dimensions of the TV cabinet. Mass-produced models are usually between 100 and 200 cm high or wide and 20 to 50 cm deep. If you cannot find a suitable model, you can have a TV cabinet made to measure.

Style

Different styles can be distinguished for TV cabinets, often in combination with a certain colour scheme. If you prefer the cosy ambience of a chalet, you should choose a TV cabinet made of solid wood in a warm colour.

Dark wood, such as oak in a rustic look, for example, has an antique charm. The terms vintage and retro describe the style of the 50s, 60s and 70s of the last century. But while vintage refers to the time of origin of a piece of furniture and requires a certain age, this is not the case with retro style. Retro often only means the outer appearance.

Colonial style has its origins in the overseas voyages to Africa, India and South America. The stylistic features of these countries merged into hybrid designs. Precious woods and high-quality materials are characteristic. If you like it natural, you should consider a TV cabinet in country house style, which is characterised by natural materials such as wood or rattan.

Features

When looking for a suitable TV cabinet, you should not neglect functionality. There are open, lockable or lockable TV cabinets with hinged or sliding doors. Some have castors and are electrically lockable or adjustable. If you order a model with a lift, a small motor is usually integrated. Models with sliding doors allow you to lock individual compartments, which can protect devices.

If you want the TV to be rotatable, it is best to buy a TV cabinet with a turntable. In some models, this turntable can be lowered or extended. Integrated LED lights create a cosy ambience in the living room.

Guide: Frequently asked Questions about TV Cabinets answered in Detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about the topic of television cabinets. In this way, we want to give you a deeper insight into the topic.

What is a TV cabinet?

If you want to hide your multimedia devices or simply store them neatly and safely, a TV cabinet is ideal. In this way, expensive devices are protected.

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TV cabinets are timeless and still modern. Only their appearance and features have changed over time and become more technical. (Source: Jens Kreuter/Unsplash)

If TVs and co. are all scattered wildly around the room, this can significantly disrupt the harmonious picture of the interior.

What types of TV cabinets are there?

In addition to the dimensions and functions, you should also consider the type of TV cabinet. There are square TV cabinets, L-shaped TV cabinets, hanging TV cabinets, TV cabinets that are suitable as room dividers, free-standing TV cabinets, TV cabinets with a display case, TV shelves and outdoor TV cabinets.

What does a TV cabinet cost?

Classic cabinets that have lockable doors are usually a lot more expensive than smaller systems that are open. For solid wood cabinets, you can expect to pay between 150 and 1,700 euros. Wooden combinations are between 30 and 1,700 euros, glass combinations between 40 and 1,200 euros. Metal cabinets are between 90 and 700 euros.

Products price range
Wood combinations €30 to €1,700
Glass combination €40 to €1,200
Metal combination €90 to €700
Solid wood combination €150 to €1,700

The price table shows that the price range of TV cabinets can be between €30 and several €1,000, depending on the features and design.

How can you build a TV cabinet yourself?

To have a custom-made TV cabinet and save money at the same time, self-building or reusing an old object (upcycling) is a good option. For this, you need a little creativity and craftsmanship.

There are many instructions and ideas on the internet. Pinterest is a popular platform for ideas. TV cabinets made from pallets or wine crates are very popular. They are individual and usually inexpensive.

Conclusion

TV cabinets are ideal for safely storing TV sets and accessories. Thanks to their versatile design, they are a good option even if space is limited. When buying a TV cabinet, you should always keep in mind what purpose the cabinet will serve and where the piece of furniture will be placed. Important buying criteria are the material, colour, type, style and functions. The style of furniture you should choose depends on the rest of your interior.

TV cabinets can be seen as a complement to the rest of the furnishings. The furniture can be of a correspondingly high quality. There are also many variants in terms of technical equipment. As we have shown, wood combinations are available for as little as €30. There is no upper price limit.

Picture source: Contributing picture: Wang John/Unsplash

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