What Style of TV Stand Should I Select?
Gone are the days that you were relegated to a hulking black TV stand! TV stands are now available in every style imaginable. Go for your choice of modern, country or traditional styles in finishes like black, white, espresso and gray.
Transitional furniture is a combination of modern and traditional styles. Typical characteristics of contemporary design are curved lines and an espresso finish. The tension between two different design styles makes transitional media centers versatile and visually interesting.
Modern design furniture is typified by polished surfaces, geometric shapes and neutral palettes. Even though glass and metal are the most common materials used in contemporary furniture, a metal-and-glass entertainment center with wood accents might be the ideal fit for a more traditional space.
Traditional furniture is modeled after the styles and trends of historical periods, like the Victorian era. The cabriole leg that is often used for traditional furnishings first became popular during Queen Anne's reign. Characterized by ornate detail such as elaborate carvings and dark wood finishes, traditional style can also encompass the orderly and functional influences of the Shakers.
Country furniture reflects a casual lifestyle. Many of these TV stands offer a natural pine or wood finish combined with simple details. French Country style is the more grown-up version. Off white finishes and curvy design details are hallmarks of French Country design.
What Kind of Material Should I Choose?
Many factors will determine what kind of material you will select when purchasing a TV stand. If your décor is modern, a metal and glass TV stand would be a wonderful choice. If your style is more traditional, choose one made of wood with a rich finish.
Engineered woods, such as plywood, medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particle board, are options that have been produced from recycled wood products. These recycled materials are broken down into wood fibers, which are then glued together using heat and pressure to create panels. A TV stand made of MDF is more affordable than one crafted from genuine wood.
TV stands can also be made from genuine woods. Trees are cut down and varying grades of timber are produced. Timber can be made from either hardwoods or softwoods. The terms "hardwood" and "soft wood" do not refer to the wood's density. Hardwoods are from trees that lose their leaves in autumn, while softwoods are from coniferous trees, like pines or cedars that do not shed their needles. A TV stand made of genuine wood will last a long time.
A TV stand with a laminate finish is usually made of a type of engineered wood to which the laminate has been applied. Laminates are produced by pressing layers of plastic, metal, wood or a combination of materials together and then sealed with a thermosetting resin. A laminate finish can have a simulated wood grain, be a solid color or have a textured or metallic appearance. If you require the look of wood with a durable finish, this is the right choice for you.
A TV stand with a veneer finish can have the look and feel of one made from genuine wood. Veneers are produced from thin slices of real wood, which are then applied to the piece of furniture, usually made from an engineered wood like particle board, plywood or MDF. A veneer finish keeps costs down, while still creating a quality product with the look of real wood.
Many types of TV stands are made of a combination of metal and glass. Choose one made of aluminum, wrought iron or steel for strength, durability and good looks. For added safety, select a TV stand with tempered glass shelves. Designed to break into small fragments, tempered glass is made stronger and harder to break by treating it with heat or a chemical solution.