A good TV stand will blend seamlessly into your home. They're not just for your television; they can be a functional multitasker, storing away your books, consoles, and cables whilst looking quietly stylish.
Achieving this effortless style takes work, but that's why functional furniture is incredibly useful. Our interiors experts love using TV stands for décor ideas to transform your living room. Zara Stacey, our Content Editor, loves them for storing books, ornaments, plants and vases on. She says that 'a TV and TV stand can have a big impact on the style and layout of a media room, so it's important to find a beautiful, well-proportioned TV stand'.
Always remember to think about proportions. TV stands come in a range of sizes, but you should choose one which is a few inches wider than your TV. This will stop the TV from overwhelming your room and furniture.
I've looked through a range of media consoles and stands, searching for the best on the market. Whether you have a small living room and need to maximise storage, or a minimalist living room that seeks openness and space, there's an option for you.
Best TV stands 2023
Size: 32 x 54 x 15.5 inches
Material: Natural wood
Weight capacity: 150 lbs
+ Durably made
+ Plenty of storage
- Quite bulky
With over 71,000 reviews and an average of 4.8 stars on Wayfair, this is the TV stand of the people. It's thoughtfully designed, with a mixture of cupboards, shelves, and cable
management systems. The barn doors give a subtle farmhouse feel to your living room too.
Size: 60 x 18 x 22
Material: Oak and MDF
Weight capacity: N/A
+ Minimalist design
+ Adjustable space
- Large footprint
Oftentimes, simple is best. Sundays' Everyday unit is the perfect example of why. It's crafted from sturdy and sustainably sourced European oak. This won't age, lending a organic, warm and timeless look to your living toom. It makes a great cabinet and stand, perfect for tidying up.
Size: 22.75 x 68 x 20 inches
Material: Marble, oak
Weight capacity: N/A
+ Luxurious design
+ Lots of space-saving
- Very heavy
This is functional furniture at its finest. Designed with removable shelves and cable organisers, this is all you need to keep your living room neat. The marble top and solid brass knobs make for a luxurious finish too. It's heavy, so you won't want to rearrange it often.
Size: 25.5 x 79 x 16 inches
Material: Acacia wood, iron, steel
Weight capacity: 250 lbs
+ Unique style
+ Warm, wood textures
- Too heavy to move
A Wayfair best seller, this modern, sleek media console can support TVs up to 88 inches wide. It's a stylish storage option, with elegant mid-century finishes. As you might expect from this premium product, it's incredibly heavy, so assemble it close to where you want it.
Best for small spaces
Size:40 x 19 x 27 inches
Material: Eucalyptus wood
Weight capacity: N/A
+ Lots of storage
+ Natural design
- Limited capacity
If you have limited space in your living room, you'll want two things: storage and style. This sustainably sourced wooden console is perfect for hiding cords and books, whilst supporting your TV and any other decorations you choose for your room.
Best for corners
Size: 44.8 x 20 x 22 inches
Material: MDF and pine
Weight capacity: 150 lbs
+ Space-saving option
+ Adjustable shelves
- Easily marked
The excellent customer reviews speak for this TV stand. Available in a range of finishes, this cabinet features adjustable shelves and cable management. Don't leave cups or water on it, because this stains easily.
Size: 12 x 71 x 13 inches
Weight capacity: 55 lbs
+ Large capacity
+ Easy to clean
- More effort to build
This TV stand is an excellent space saving option, even when placed on the floor. But when mounted on the wall, it makes cleaning super easy. I love the minimalist design of this sleek stand, especially in clean, natural wood finishes.
Size: 24 x 71 x 14 inches
Weight capacity: 99 lbs
+ Modern design
+ Looks premium
- Easy to damage
If you're looking for open designs rather than storage solutions, this is the console for you. Super simple and elegant, it's praised online for its quality and design. It scratches quite easily, so assemble it carefully.
Size: 24 x 58.3 x 15.5 inches
Weight capacity: 90 lbs
+ Traditional design
+ Deep shelves
A popular Wayfair model, this traditional stand comes with an electric fireplace insert. The frame is open, perfect for storing a few books or other games inside. It's very study, but quite slim, which doesn't suit all TVs.
Are low TV stands better?
Lower TV stands keep your TV at eye level, which can be more comfortable to watch. You're less likely to strain your neck if you are watching a long movie too.
Should my TV be bigger than my TV stand?
A TV stand shouldn't really be narrower than a TV, because it will make your big screen look overpowering. Your TV can be smaller than the stand, but it shouldn't be dwarfed. An example of a good ratio would be a 55 inch TV atop a 71 inch stand.
Is it better to have my TV on the wall?
If you can mount a TV on the wall, it's great. You can save space and avoid any chance of it getting knocked over. However, if you don't have pets or children, a TV stand can be really useful. You'll can use it to keep your home tidy, as TV stands often have cupboards and drawers for tidying up.
How we test
At Homes & Gardens we like to test every product before we recommend them to you. However, in some instances, such as with TV stands, we were unable to. When this happens, our experts spend hours reading every review of hundreds of products to find out which are the best on the market. If there's a useful feature or a flaw with one of the TV cabinets, we will know about it. By the end of our research, we know these products possibly better than we would have if we had tested them for a week. If you're interested in finding out more about how we test, we have a dedicated page with all the details.
TV stands are some of the most hard-working, functional furniture you can invest in. If you choose the right cabinet, it can become one of your best storage solutions, whilst offering a platform for you to ass style to a room. Our interiors experts are full of tips and tricks for how to create a stand-out design in your space using your TV and TV stand.
I love the most simple designs, especially in organic textures. There's no escaping that a TV is a big black hole in your room. Balancing it out with a warm walnut or mango wood can help to soften a room, enhancing how it looks and feels. There's no right or wrong choice though, only one suited to you.
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Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.
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