TV stand ideas – 10 designs to give your TV a boost in style and functionality

These TV stand ideas will create a flexible design, whether with fully-fitted designs or freestanding elements

Tv stand ideas for family rooms and media rooms
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Finding beautiful TV stand ideas is no easy feat, but fret not, it is certainly not impossible to create a statement scheme around your TV. 

We've curated a selection of creative solutions to center a scheme around your TV stand that you can be proud of, whether that be alongside statement artwork, disguised within a wall storage, or blending into a dark background. 

TV stand ideas

For most families, a TV is an essential tool for helping adults unwind, keeping the kids entertained, and facilitating movie nights. The problem is, it’s not the prettiest piece of interior décor – when switched off, it’s essentially a large black rectangle. Here, we showcase our favorite TV stand ideas to inspire your next entertainment center remodel.

1. Hide unsightly wire with a bespoke design

Grey wall living room storage with TV and floating shelves.

(Image credit: Donal Murphy/Sara Cosgrove)

One of the main challenges in a family room is how to deal with the tech. This is where built-in cabinet ideas for family rooms come into focus. A bespoke option hides all the wires, gives you super storage below and shelves for keepsakes on each side of the living room TV.

‘In this sitting room we wanted to maximize the storage without overwhelming the space. By removing the sides of the TV unit we managed to keep it light but retained the shelves and lower cabinets to maximize the storage,’ says Sara Cosgrove, co-founder of Sara Cosgrove Studio (opens in new tab)

2. Invest in a modular design

Modern storage with shelving and tv stand

(Image credit: James Merrell)

A free-standing unit doubles as a room divider idea, creating a discreet office in this apartment living room – its open design allows light to flow freely through the space. The beauty of this type of living room storage idea is that it offers a tailor-made solution without the price tag of a bespoke design. Not only can it be put together to fit any size of room, but a statement piece can also act as a work of art.

‘The modular concept means that the furniture can be adjusted to suit all circumstances and combined in a variety of ways,’ says Ian Weddell, chief executive officer of USM Modular Furniture (opens in new tab). Make sure your room dividers are positioned in an area where they are not likely to get knocked, particularly with children around, and look for ones that can be connected to the ceiling to provide more support.

3. Provide a central storage area

Living room with large gray L shaped sofa, ottoman and built in cupboards with television, wooden beams, gray painted walls and blinds, wall lights and framed artwork, textured rug on wooden flooring

(Image credit: Richard Powers)

To keep things simple, why not create one central storage and display area for your small living rooms storage ideas. 

In this cozy and inviting living room, the wooden shelving and cabinet design act as the main storage and media unit in the space. Even though the design is a large piece, by having one central storage and display area in the room, you can create a lot more space for seating, other furniture pieces, lighting and accessory designs.

4. Design your TV stand around you scheme

Bright living room painted white with grey sofa, large white storage and display unit that houses tv, large cream geometric rug and cream curtains, glass pendant light

(Image credit: Ginny Macdonald Design, photography by Raquel Langworthy)

Technology is an important factor in most family living room ideas, from Wi-Fi access to background music, and the trend is towards totally concealed solutions. Although many modern systems claim to be wireless, there’s no getting away from charging docks, routers and aerials, all of which require cables.

To keep these hidden, incorporate dedicated spaces for all the media you use within your small living room storage ideas, specifying small insets in the backs of shelves and cupboards to allow cables to run behind fittings.

If you are fitting a wall of storage that incorporates a space for your living room TV, allow sufficient room should you decide to invest in a larger model. Try not to create too big a gap, as your television will look awkwardly small.

5. Go entirely bespoke

Green small living room with l-shape sofa and tv on the wall

(Image credit: Paul Raeside / Future)

Historical archives inspired Melissa Bolivar of design firm House of Sui Sui when creating this cosseting space. 

'The room was designed to be an immersive experience with the walls, cabinetry, sofa and rug all in tones of teal and aquamarine; the result is incredibly impactful,' says Melissa. 'Here, a clever combination of hidden and open storage works beautifully around a TV, which has been built-into the space.'

6. Blend it into the background

Modern living room with wood wall paneling and TV

(Image credit: Paul Raeside / Future)

Don't let a TV stand spoil your living room aesthetic. Here, the TV blends beautifully into the bespoke wood wall paneling of this white and brown living room without interrupting the earthy aesthetic.

‘We will often do built-in cabinetry and TV stands to frame the TV, or an enclosed sideboard with shelf options,’ says interior designer Claudia Afshar (opens in new tab). ‘This allows you to keep playthings nearby, without compromising aesthetic.’ 

7. Opt for a freestanding unit

Grey living room with wooden tv stand

(Image credit: Paul Raeside / Future)

Modern life requires that the family room of the home fulfil a multitude or functions – from offering somewhere to relax and dine to office space, so well-planned living room TV ideas are the key to a practical scheme. 

If space is at a premium, opt for a striking free-standing TV stand to help ensure this room meets your every need. If there’s one thing that’s going to create the illusion of more space in a small living room, it’s investing in the right, slimline furniture – it can actually make a room feel wider in seconds. 

Not only is a freestanding TV stand more affordable than a bespoke fitted one, it's an easy and cost-effective way to update an existing. 

8. Put it on full display

Inviting white living room with dark wood accents, large storage and display unit with tv, leather chair, blue textured coffee table and cream sofa

(Image credit: Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design, photography by Nicole Hill Gerulat)

While the TV stand is the main focus in this room, it doesn't distract from the rest of the space. In fact, the TV looks like a piece of art.

'In this relaxed family room, the slimline TV has been beautifully framed by a collection of objects,' says Jessica Bennett of Alice Lane Interior Design (opens in new tab). 'We wanted to create a large TV stand which also plenty of storage that plays host to favorite decorative room pieces.'

9. Build a storage wall

Living room with wooden flooring, blue and cream rug and sofas, dark wood and orange display shelves and french doors onto the balcony

(Image credit: Davide Lovatti)

If you don't want to completely hide away your TV but also don't want it to be the central focus in a room, positioning it in an area surrounded by other decorative objects and display pieces will take the attention away from the item.

In this bright and colorful family room, the wall to ceiling storage and display unit is a stand out feature in the space. Painted in bright colors and filled with an eclectic mix of objects and design pieces, the smaller TV is simply part of this beautiful collection of items, rather than being the central focus.

10. Paint your TV stand the same color as the wall

Small living room TV ideas with pink and green color

(Image credit: Jonathan Bond Photography)

A carefully considered color clashing combination can create a TV stand that truly sings with joy. This is a space for both socializing and retreat, so you want shades that both enliven and comfort you. ‘Pink and green is one of my favorite color combination in rooms – they play really well off each other and it’s a great way to cheer up a room,’ says Lucy Barlow, founder, Barlow & Barlow (opens in new tab)

A TV stand surrounded by storage is a practical solution and can be softened with the addition of books and favorite pieces. Paint your living room shelving in a statement color to standout rather than hide it away.

Remember, the best TV and TV stand options for your home, are the ones that suit your individual needs, so don't be swayed by any one else.

What can I use instead of a TV stand?

There are many options to use if you don't want to invest in a traditional TV stand. While a glass media stand is a cost-effective and easy option, it certainly won't enhance the style of a space. 

There are a plethora of beautiful options that are worth investing in instead. We love the idea of using an antique chest of drawers as a TV stand for your bedroom TV ideas, or if your space is on the smaller side, a slimline console table will work wonders. A bookcase, shelf or sturdy bench are all other space-savvy options. 

Jennifer Ebert
Deputy Editor (Digital)

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.