This time we will talk about TV furniture, including classic modular furniture, modern panels, practical side tables on castors, versatile shelves and low furniture, ideal for small spaces.
We will tell you about the main characteristics of these pieces of furniture, including their different varieties, sizes, formats, materials and styles, so that you can compare them and choose the most suitable model for you according to your tastes and space availability.
We will also inform you about the different products you can get in the market, the best-selling brands, and the shops where you can buy them, so that you have a reference of the values and can make the best choice of purchase according to your budget.
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- 5 Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different TV furniture products
- TV furniture is designed to carry the weight of the TV and, depending on the model, to store other related accessories (DVS, remote control, playstation, speakers, etc.). Their materials are usually strong enough to support the load.
- There are countless models of TV furniture, including modular furniture, side tables, shelves, panels, and base units, which differ from each other in terms of their materials, formats, sizes, and additional uses.
- It is important that you take into account certain factors when buying TV furniture, such as its size, functionality, location, materials, designs, etc., as it can be difficult to choose the right one among so much choice and variety.
The Best TV Furniture: Our Picks
This buying guide is specially designed to inform you about the most important aspects of the product you are interested in buying. That's why we will tell you about the main features of TV furniture, including its advantages and disadvantages.
What is TV furniture and what are its advantages?
In the market you can find multiple varieties of TV furniture, suitable for every taste, need, space, and budget. There is veneered wood furniture, with drawers and shelves, fixed and movable, hanging and built-in, high and low, large and small, etc.
As you may have noticed when reading the previous paragraphs, the main advantage of this type of furniture is its variety of styles, sizes, and functions, allowing in many cases to optimise space and also to organise other complementary objects to the TV, such as remote controls, DVDs, playstation, speakers, modems, etc.
Modular TV furniture, paneled, base, side table or shelving - what should you look out for?
Modular furniture. Modular TV units are very versatile and functional pieces of furniture, as they are designed to support other accessories apart from the TV. They usually have several shelves, compartments and drawers to optimise space (depending on the model).
Paneled furniture. These are panels, generally made of wood, which are placed on the wall, and in them the television is embedded through a cable connection that runs behind them. They give a frame effect to the TV that is novel, delicate and modern.
Low furniture. Low TV furniture is often used in smaller spaces, as it doesn't take up too much space. They don't usually have legs and their design tends to be quite simple, although functional, as they usually have drawers or recesses for storing objects.
Side table. Side tables are generally made to the size of the TV, so they don't leave much space for other accessories, but they do serve as a support for the TV. Many of them have wheels for easy mobility.
Shelving. The greatest benefit of TV shelves is that they do not take up space, as they hang on the wall. They can also be used to support accessories other than TVs, making them a practical and functional option, as long as they are sturdy and safe.
|Modular furniture||Paneled furniture||Base units||Side tables||Shelves|
|Format||Square or rectangular||Generally square||Rectangular||Square||Rectangular|
|Style||Usually more classic||Modern or minimalist||Modern or minimalist||Varied||Varied|
|Storage space||Spacious||Space for TV only||Plenty of space, depending on size||Space for TV only, usually||May have ample space|
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Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate the different TV furniture products
In this final section of the article we will discuss the most important factors to consider when selecting the perfect product for you from the huge variety of models, sizes, formats, and styles of TV furniture.
What is the right size of TV cabinet? The reality is that the size of the furniture is calculated in relation to other factors. Here are a few things to consider when selecting the right TV cabinet for you.
Size of the room. It is important that when buying a TV cabinet you are clear about where in your home you want to place it, and that you check how much space you have available in that room. Take a few minutes to accurately measure the width, length and depth of the place where you plan to place it.
Size of the TV. The correct size of the furniture is calculated according to the measurements of the television, and based on that you determine what is the most suitable space available. It is recommended that it is wider than the TV and that its materials can withstand the weight of the TV.
Types of furniture. If you have little space, you can choose a low piece of furniture, a shelf or a side table, as they are ideal for small places. If, on the other hand, you have enough space to place it, a good alternative is a modular piece of furniture, although the choice will depend on the type of furniture you like best.
Made-to-measure furniture. Although they are a little more expensive, made-to-measure furniture is an excellent option for choosing the modular unit, table, panel, shelf, etc., depending on the space available in the room and your personal style.
You can also add drawers, shelves or compartments according to your tastes and needs.
The location is also important, as it is not only about choosing the place where the TV cabinet looks the most beautiful (although this is also relevant), but also that the chosen location is the most appropriate and safe. We'll tell you about it here.
Reflection. In addition to checking the available space, you should also consider the best location. It is recommended that the TV stand is placed perpendicular to the entrance of natural light, so that the reflection of the sun's rays does not dazzle the image.
Safety. It is not the same to place a TV stand in an adult room as in a children's bedroom, as children can run around it and accidentally knock it over. To avoid unnecessary risks you should place it in a corner with less access, which is less exposed to children's touch.
On the other hand, the materials must be strong enough to support the weight of the TV (solid wood is recommended if the TV is large), and the surface of the furniture must be larger than the size of the set, so that it has good support and does not protrude or become unbalanced.
Distance. When positioning the furniture, you should also think about the distance between the TV and the sofa, bed, etc., and bear in mind that this distance is calculated according to the size and resolution of the TV. For your reference, every 10 inches is one metre of visual separation.
On the other hand, it is also important that, beyond its aesthetic value, the TV cabinet is functional, comfortable and practical. Thanks to the huge variety of models on the market, you can choose beautiful and functional furniture.
Mobility. Although large modular units are sturdy and spacious, the weight often makes it difficult to move them. A good option is low furniture and tables with castors to move them easily, or shelves, which do not take up space and have more storage space.
Cleanliness. It is also important that the furniture is easy to clean, as there are materials that require more cleaning care (wax, varnish, etc.). Veneered woods are a very good alternative, as they only need a damp cloth to look as good as new.
Storage: Do you need a piece of furniture with lots of drawers and shelves, or is a small one enough? Try to choose a piece of furniture that has exactly the functions you need, to make the most of them and optimise space for storing important accessories.
Wood is the most commonly used material for the manufacture of TV furniture, as it is robust, resistant and durable. In the market you can find models with different variants of wood, which give an adaptable style to different environments.
Melamine. Melamine is a decorative sheet that covers wood, and can come in a wide variety of colours and designs, which makes it very versatile. It is also easy to clean, economical, and resists humidity and high temperatures, although it does not support as much weight as other materials.
Lacquer. Lacquer is a substance similar to resin, which is used to paint or varnish furniture, achieving a very attractive, fine and delicate glossy appearance. One of the disadvantages of this material is that it scratches and deteriorates more easily, as well as being quite expensive.
Natural veneer. This furniture, which is usually made of thick chipboard, is covered with a natural wood veneer that is glued on top. This veneer can be made of beech, walnut, oak, etc., which give it a characteristic style.
Solid wood. This wood is the most classic and widely used, as it brings warmth and harmony to the home. It can be made of pine (low density), or carob, oak, or cedar (high density and value), and is characterised by its design, resistance, and long durability.
You can also find TV furniture made of glass, aluminium, stainless steel, or plastic. While these materials are beautiful and eye-catching, they do not offer the same strength as wood and veneers, which is why they are not as widely marketed.
As we mentioned throughout the article, one of the great advantages of TV furniture is the huge variety and assortment of models, adapted to every taste and need. Below we will recommend which furniture designs are similar to each style.
Elegant. If you like fine and delicate designs, don't hesitate to choose furniture painted with lacquer, as this material gives them a beautiful and elegant look. Low or modular furniture can go with this style, as long as it is functional in terms of space and storage capacity.
Modern. Paneled furniture, or TV panels, are characterised by being modern and innovative, making them the most suitable for this style. Many of them are covered with natural veneers in different woods and colours, which look really beautiful.
Rustic. Solid wood is the perfect candidate when looking for rustic furniture, as it is cosy and simple. Most of the classic TV stands, side tables and some bookcases are usually made from this timeless and hardwearing material.
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