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In 1990, Germans watched the national team's World Cup victory on television on a screen with a 72 cm diagonal. Nowadays, the TV is a good twice as big and thus takes up considerably more space. And so the question arises, where to put the good part.

And that is exactly what TV sideboards are for. Specially designed to give the TV a place without taking up too much space themselves, these pieces of furniture offer a pleasant way to place your TV. But there are many different types of sideboards. In this guide, we will explain the differences and advantages of various TV sideboards.




Summary

  • A TV sideboard, sometimes called a TV sideboard or lowboard, is a piece of furniture specifically designed to make efficient use of the space under your TV without taking up too much room.
  • The most important differences in all TV sideboard variants are the material, the size and the storage space that the TV sideboard offers. These 3 criteria are the same for all TV sideboards and determine the basis on which you choose your TV sideboard.
  • There are many different versions of TV sideboards, which are tailored to specific application needs. A hanging TV sideboard offers a very special look, while one on castors promises flexibility through mobility.

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Buying and evaluation criteria for TV sideboards

To help you find the right TV sideboard for you, we have listed the most important buying criteria here. You should use these criteria as a guide to find the right TV sideboard for you.

So that you know exactly what these three buying criteria are, we will go into more detail below about what is so important about them and what you should look out for.

Size

The size of the TV sideboard is determined by three different factors. The available space, the size of the TV and your personal preference. The TV sideboard should definitely be a little wider than the base of the TV and a little longer than the TV. You can choose between this minimum requirement and the available space as the maximum.

Material

The material of your TV sideboard is an important factor that influences price and appearance, among other things. FCE certified oak wood or rather a slim plastic construction? There is a wide range of possible materials. In addition to sustainability considerations and appearance, the material also determines another factor, the weight.

While the difference in weight does not have a major influence on many models, it is of great importance for models that hang on the wall. A wall-hung TV sideboard should be as light as possible so as not to put too much strain on the bracket on the wall. Nothing would be worse than buying a TV sideboard, installing it, and a year later the wall bracket comes loose and the TV sideboard falls to the floor along with your TV.

Storage space

The storage space determines how you use your TV sideboard. Is it just a place to put the TV, or do you want to store CDs, books and a music system in addition to the receiver and games console? The storage space is of course influenced by the size, but the decision of what the TV sideboard will be used for can influence the design. For example, there are TV sideboards that go up to the right and left of the TV, creating a lot of space without being wider. The storage space of a TV sideboard can come in different versions, as a shelf, drawer or cupboard compartment.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about TV sideboards answered in detail

In this section, we would like to answer all your frequently asked questions about TV sideboards. Here you should find everything you need to know about your next TV sideboard.

Who is a TV sideboard suitable for?

A TV sideboard is suitable for anyone who is looking for a piece of furniture on which to place their TV. If you have mounted your TV on the wall, the TV sideboard ensures that you don't have a visually disturbing empty space under the TV. The compartments allow you to make good use of the space under the TV.

What types of TV sideboards are there?

There are many different types of TV sideboards. In addition to the "normal" TV sideboards, there are some designed for corners or as room dividers. Wall-mounted TV sideboards are popular because of their special look.

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Even if the TV hangs on the wall, a TV sideboard is a sensible investment. The TV sideboard makes the otherwise empty space under the TV usable. (Image source: Kam Idris/ Unsplash)

If you like to have your TV in different places, you can find the necessary flexibility in a TV sideboard with castors. As you can see, the selection is large and if you look long enough, you are sure to find something suitable.

What is the difference between a TV sideboard and a TV lowboard?

If you are looking for a TV sideboard, you will often come across the term TV lowboard. The difference lies in the height. A TV lowboard is basically nothing more than a low TV sideboard. If you are looking for a lower TV sideboard, then a TV table may be a good choice for you.

How much does a TV sideboard cost?

In keeping with the wide range of choices, TV sideboards have a wide price range. We have created the following table to give you an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced 0 - 150 €) Simple, rather smaller TV sideboards, narrower choice of materials, standing and hanging TV sideboards
Medium-priced 150 - 400 €) Larger TV sideboards, wider choice of materials, LED lighting, standing and hanging TV sideboards
High-priced from € 400) Full range of sizes and materials, LED lighting, standing and hanging TV sideboards

The cost of a TV sideboard is determined primarily by the material and size. Extras, such as LED lighting, naturally increase the price as well.

What special features should be considered for a hanging TV sideboard?

With a hanging TV sideboard, you have to pay particular attention to the weight. And that doesn't just mean the weight of the TV sideboard, but also the weight of the things you put on it or in it. Books, a loudspeaker system, the TV itself, depending on how big the TV sideboard is, the total weight can be much greater than you expect. For a TV sideboard hanging on the wall, a smaller one made of lighter material is suitable. Because of the smaller size, there is naturally less space for objects and you don't have any empty compartments that spoil the look. If you are looking for a hanging sideboard, a hanging lowboard may be a better choice because of its lower height.

How high should the TV be on the TV sideboard?

You must determine the right height for your TV individually. A rule of thumb is that the centre of the screen should be at eye level when you are sitting in your TV chair. This height minus half of the screen and you have found the ideal height for your TV sideboard. If the distance between you and the TV is more than 2 metres, then the TV can be placed higher.

Conclusion

A TV sideboard is a good purchase for anyone looking for a place for their TV. The additional shelf space ensures that the game console and its games find their place and you have everything clearly arranged in one place. Thanks to the wide range of options, the TV sideboard will fit perfectly into your room design and combine looks with utility. A larger TV sideboard can hold as much as a shelf and thus create a lot of space for games, books and much more.

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