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TV Stands Buying Guide
How to buy a TV stand Featuring Bush Furniture
Bush Furniture entertainment centers and television stands are intended to evolve with the changing world of electronics. They are attractive yet functional, featuring intelligent designs, in a variety of shapes, sizes materials and configurations. A TV stand is more than just a place to put your television. Selecting the right one that will fit your entertainment needs depends on a number of factors, like the type of television you are buying the stand for, how much floor space is available and if you want to add components some time in the future. With many styles to choose from, you are sure to find a Bush stand or entertainment unit that’s perfect for your home.
What Kind of Stand Do I Need?
The kind of TV stand you choose will largely depend on the type of television you are buying the stand for. If you are selecting a stand just for a television—standard, large screen or projection—a TV cabinet that allows for two to three components, in addition to the television, may be exactly what you need. A TV Cabinet is a piece of entertainment furniture designed to give you access to your entertainment units, while allowing you the option to store items out of sight. Because components will be enclosed, choose a cabinet that will permit optimum ventilation and accessibility to equipment and power sources.
Plasma stands provide display and shelving options designed specifically for a plasma TV and other types of large screen televisions. Combining strength with stability, extra-wide TV stands can accommodate larger projection TVs and plasma screens. Bush Furniture TV stands or video bases are designed for both the new technologies as well as the standard, heavier televisions.
Since corner TV stands fit neatly and discretely in the corner of the room, a corner television stand might be the ideal decorating solution for a small space or an awkward-shaped area. Since the unit is placed on a diagonal in relation to two adjoining walls, the corner TV stand can become the focus of a room, while maximizing space. Simple, sturdy, and durable, they have the strength to comfortably hold a television, yet have plenty of space for a DVD player/VCR and your favorite movies.
TV stands that include specific design functions may provide the ideal answer to problematic conditions in a particular area. For example, in a room that is prone to too much light at a certain time of day, a swivel TV stand might be the best solution. A Bush swivel TV stand is perfect for a small room, studio apartment or other open multi-purpose spaces, because it increases location and accessibility options for more comfortable viewing.
What Type of Stand Should I Select?
Open concept shelving is probably the most versatile type of home entertainment furniture. It allows for advantageous display of your components, while addressing additional considerations such as easy adjustability, ventilation and simple wire access. Open shelving combined with a matching or complementary TV stand, is the ideal way to create a functional entertainment center. Bush open concept TV stands feature quality tempered glass and adjustable feet for added stability.
TV stand & tower units combine the functionality of a cabinet with the versatility of open shelving. Ideal for multi-media, they can be configured for the equipment you have now and any additional components you might buy in the future. For TV stand & tower units that are not enclosed, select a system that includes wire management to avoid the visible twist of wires and cables that can detract from the esthetics of your entertainment center. Bush Furniture offers a number of video base and audio towers that give you a wide variety of configuration choices.
Entertainment centers combine a number of features and/or components in one unit so that they can accommodate an assortment of multi-media equipment. They are available in a variety of sizes and configurations, and can be adapted for your existing or future entertainment needs. While it is convenient to be able to store all of your entertainment devices in one place, it is good to keep in mind that the larger the unit, the more stationary it tends to be.
What is it Made Of?
Bush Furniture is made of quality recyled wood products, also known as engineered woods. Designed for strenth and durability, Bush products flexible, fashionable and highly functional.
Engineered woods are made by gluing multiple wood fibers together using heat and pressure. The two most common types of engineered woods are particle board and medium density fiberboard or MDF. Medium density fiberboard is more affordable than solid wood, but just as strong and durable. When finished with laminates or veneers, a Bush Furniture TV stand can look and feel like real wood.
Wood veneers are produced by adhering thin slices of real wood to the piece of furniture using glue and heat. It is the simplest way of giving the Bush Furniture Sonoma collection the texture and appearance of genuine woods, without the high costs typically associated with real wood products.
Finishes are applied or distressed. Laminates are produced by pressing layers of materials like wood and plastic together, and then sealing the surface with a thermosetting resin. Laminates are commonly used as finishes for entertainment furniture because they are strong, durable and easy to care for.
What Style of TV Stand Should I Select?
A modern look is created by selecting entertainment furniture pieces made of metal and glass. Even though glass and metal are common materials used in the construction of modern furniture, a metal-and-glass entertainment center with wood accents might be the ideal accent for a traditional-style room, depending on placement and presentation. When adding an entertainment center to an already decorated room, you will want to choose a unit that will blend with your existing furniture.
Contemporary furniture is a combination of modern, casual and traditional styles, and tends to reflect the most current trends in fashionable furnishings. It is characterized by polished surfaces, geometric shapes and neutral palettes. Typical features of contemporary design are curved and tempered lines. Because this style of furniture is a fusion of other styles, a neutral, contemporary TV cabinet will blend in with almost any informal décor.
Transitional furnishings blend together contemporary and traditional styles. This style merges austere lines with intricate curves, and natural wood finishes with lustrous metals. Since it is a mix of other styles, it adapts easily and blends in with a wide range of designs and fashions. Demonstrated by the Napa collection from Bush Furniture, the versatility of the transitional style makes it a good choice for a living or family room because it will complement more traditional settings, without being as formal.
Traditional styles are inspired by the fashions, trends and social customs of the past, ranging from the elaborate fussiness of the Victorian era to the functional influences of Colonial design. Well-known for ornate details like elaborate carvings and dark wood finishes, traditional furniture can have a formal or more relaxed feel depending on the time period that has been used as inspiration. Traditional furniture can include rich detailing such as leaf or scroll motifs, claw feet and ornate brass pulls.
What Else Should I Keep In Mind When Choosing a TV Stand?
Entertainment furniture can be one of the most difficult items to shop for. The main concerns when purchasing television stands or video bases and entertainment centers are strength and durability, ventilation, room for expansion and accessibility. Other things to take into consideration are:
Buy the stand separately and not at the same time as you purchase your television and/or DVD player. This will allow you to see exactly what you need now and to take into account any future needs.
Consider buying a stand that’s larger than your television; this will allow you to incorporate decorative touches.
Since TV cabinets and open shelving units are designed to hold several pieces of equipment, tangled cables and wires can detract from the overall look of your entertainment center. If this is a concern, select a unit that includes a wire or cable management system.
For optimal functionality, select a TV stand with adjustable shelves; this will allow you to customize the unit to your needs.
To prevent your entertainment center from amplifying any vibration noises caused by sound waves, make sure that the shelves are securely attached.
When selecting an open shelving unit for your entertainment center, choose one that uses tempered glass for the shelves, since this will make the unit stronger and safer.