TV shelves are available in a variety of styles including stands, basic shelves, swivel shelves, media consoles and entertainment centres. Each option offers different benefits to suit your media needs. TV stands and shelves cannot support a large amount of other media equipment, such as cable boxes and DVD players, whereas media consoles and entertainment centres have spaces and other shelving for media equipment.
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A basic TV stand is similar to a table and holds the television on the top portion, but does not have shelves or storage drawers underneath. TV stands are available in a large range of materials, including wood, metal and plastic. Review the space where you will set the TV stand to determine the size stand you need. Corner TV stands are also available, which allow you to tuck the stand and TV into an unused corner space.
A TV shelf is suspended in the air and the television rests on top of the shelf. The benefit of TV shelves is that they do not take up floor space and they keep televisions in a safe place so they cannot be tipped over. Measure the base of the TV and choose a shelf that is slightly larger to accommodate cords and plugs.
TV Swivel Shelf
TV swivel shelves enable you to see a television from different rooms. A swivel shelf is installed into a wall and the TV sits on a platform that you move to reflect the picture in different directions. Some swivel shelves have a single shelf underneath to hold a cable box, DVD player or VCR. Place swivel shelves between two rooms to get maximum picture exposure.
A media console is similar to a television stand, but it has storage compartments below the table's surface for other media equipment. The storage spaces consist of a variation of drawers, slots and cabinets. Choose a media console with an open shelf or glass-faced cabinet for media equipment you use often so you do not have to open the compartment for access.
An entertainment centre is the largest TV shelving idea because it is an entire shelving unit that surrounds the television. In many cases, entertainment centres house the TV in the centre and have shelves, cabinets and drawers underneath, along the sides and above the television. Because an entertainment centre is so large, you need an open wall to display it or have one custom-made to fit a particular space.
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