A cozy couch, your favorite snacks, and the TV remote in your hand. Sounds like the perfect night in, right? Make it even better by housing all your media components in the perfect entertainment furniture. From slim and small to a unit for the entire wall, we’re breaking down the ins and outs of selecting the right entertainment center.
Types of Entertainment Furniture
The shape of your room, the size of your TV, the style of your home — all of these factors play a role in the selection of your new entertainment center. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of choices out there, so you’re sure to find the perfect entertainment unit for your space. Let’s take a look at the main types of entertainment furniture, along with the pros and cons of each design.
Choosing an Entertainment Center Size
What size entertainment center should you get? Before you add furniture to your shopping cart, a few measurements are in order. First, measure your room and the space available for the entertainment unit. You want to allow enough space for the piece to do its job, but not to overwhelm the room. Depth plays a role in this decision, too, so be sure to allow enough room to easily walk around the unit.
Next, you need to know your television’s size. This is measured diagonally, from corner to corner of the screen. Note that the TV’s width is a different measurement, which you’ll also want to jot down.
With these measurements, you can match your TV with a properly proportioned entertainment center. A good rule of thumb is that the TV stand or opening should be at least two inches wider than the screen width. Here’s a chart that shows examples of TV sizes and their recommended TV stand width:
|Diagonal TV Measurement||TV Screen Width||Minimum TV Stand Width|
|30 in.||26 in.||28 in.|
|36 in.||31 in.||33 in.|
|40 in.||35 in.||37 in.|
|46 in.||40 in.||42 in.|
|50 in.||44 in.||46 in.|
|56 in.||49 in.||51 in.|
|60 in.||52 in.||54 in.|
Choose an entertainment unit that’s large enough to house your TV and A/V components, offers storage for video game consoles and DVDs, a display area for books or photos, and any other must-haves. If you prefer to purchase an entertainment center, keep your TV console dimensions in mind — you’ll need them to match the size of your TV to the opening in the furniture.
A slim, low-profile entertainment center is ideal for flat screen TVs and also means less furniture protrudes from the wall.
Trending Media Furniture Styles
Within each type of entertainment furniture, there’s a wide array of design and style choices from which to choose. From farmhouse to modern and corner units to armoires, you’re sure to enjoy finding the perfect pieces for your home. Here’s a look at several popular choices within three types of media furniture… see the full selection when you shop media & entertainment furniture at Hayneedle.com.
TV Stand Designs
These space-saving designs can help you reclaim unused space in a room, or add a TV where you didn’t think you had space.
Free your floor space and try a floating TV stand. Many wall unit TV stands also have folding doors so you can conceal the TV when not in use.
These designs offer less bulk, built-in storage, and clean lines. Contemporary and mid-century modern designs abound in this category.
Popular Entertainment Centers
The beloved rustic farmhouse look has made its way to the living room in a big way. People love this stylish option for hiding the TV when not in use.
In both traditional and non-traditional styles, wall units are the way to go if you have a lot to store. Look for designs with pieces that separate if you need flexibility.
This classic style often takes the look of a chest with a hutch on top. Whether your look is traditional, transitional, or a mix of styles, a highboy is a good pick.
Media Fireplace Options
Craftsman, industrial, farmhouse, modern — all of these styles look great as media fireplaces, with the wood finish you love.
Sleek and sophisticated, warm up your room with the cool look of a modern electric fireplace.
This design is perfect for warming up a bedroom, den, or kitchen breakfast nook that tends to get a bit drafty.
Entertainment Furniture Buying Tips
Think you’re ready to make your choice? We’ve got a few more points to consider as you shop for the perfect entertainment center or TV stand, including things to keep in mind once your purchase arrives at home.
Get the popcorn ready. Whether you opt for a sleek and modern white entertainment center or warm things up with an entertainment center with fireplace, your new purchase will make movie night a must-do for many nights to come. Using our guide to media furniture and handy buying tips, you’re sure to find the right TV entertainment center to complete your family room.
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