Most of us watch TV. It's a ritual that helps us wind down after a long day at work to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Whether it's a film or football, we want to feel relaxed while watching. Having the perfect TV Cabinet is crucial if you want to immerse yourself into the world of your favourite movie or sport. But which one should you choose? This blog will provide you with useful guidelines to follow and make this decision easier as well as answer some of the most commonly asked questions about TV cabinets.
Factors To Consider
First things first, it is important to decide how big a TV cabinet you want. Some families may want to exhibit their prized possession, but others may just want a small place to keep their TV away from children and avoid damage in case of a fall. Consider where you are going to place your TV cabinet. For example, if it is placed in a corner, you need to make sure that there is enough space left on each side for people to walk around comfortably. If your room is too small, then it would be a good idea to reconsider the size of the cabinet you want.
A small TV cabinet can help define the style of your room as well as your budget. Bigger cabinets look great when they complement a large screen television and enhance the interior design of the room. However, if you are tight on space, it might be better to go for a small one that fits snugly into your room and does not encroach on other furniture or space.
As you finish deciding on the size of what you are looking for, the next step (which is often neglected) is to consider what kind of cabinet you want: floating or floor-standing. Although this mostly depends on your personal taste and interior style, the size of your room and available floor space can also influence your decision.
A floating TV cabinet is a good choice if you want to create a different look in your home. These units are installed on an exposed wall and come in various styles, shapes, and designs that you can choose depending on the overall décor of your room. Some people prefer them as they make a room appear bigger while others like them because they are not big furniture items that take up unnecessary floor space and can be useful in small rooms too.
For those who prefer floor-standing cabinets, there are several reasons why they may be the best fit for their homes. These have a more traditional design than the floating kind. They are heavy, which adds to their stability, and some have adjustable shelves so you can customize them to your specific needs. In addition, because of their size, floor-standing cabinets tend to be more versatile in the storage they offer and are able to better suit the needs of people who highly value space.
Now that you have selected the cabinet size and know exactly where it will be going, it is time to start considering the storage options. What do you plan to store in your cabinet? Will you be using it just for organizing your audio/visual equipment or do you also wish to display prized possessions? If you are a gamer or a movie geek, do you prefer to get your entertainment digitally or do you have a huge collection of CDs/DVDs? The answer to each of these questions can eliminate or necessitate the need for a specific type of storage option.
As a rule of thumb, more storage space will not hurt but less definitely will. For example, if you have devices that are expected to be mostly connected to the TV i.e., they cannot be put away in a closed compartment or drawer e.g., a gaming console that requires an HDMI connection or a WiFi router (putting it in an enclosed space can weaken the signals), then you will need an open shelving or compartmental space for this. If you have accessories that are rarely used, then covert space may not be such a bad idea.
To make it easier to decide, create a list on a piece of paper and divide it into two columns. In the first column, write the name of what you expect to store in the cabinet. In the second column, write the name of the space best suited to store this thing e.g., a drawer, compartment (closed/open) or a shelf. This will help you find out what kind of storage option(s) you need the most in your TV cabinet and thereby make it easier to find the right piece that suits your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which cabinet size is right for my TV?
Your cabinet should have at least 2-5 inches (or more) of space at each side between the edge of the stand and the edge of the TV’s side. This means that the total of width of your cabinet should be a minimum of 4 inches wider than your TV’s width. For example, if your TV is 50 inches wide, your cabinet should be at least 54 inches wide, or even better if 60+ inches wide.
Which material is best for a TV cabinet?
Furniture can be made from glass (tempered), metal or wood, or a combination of two or all three of these. All these have different properties but to keep matters simple, we recommend going for wood. In terms of price: glass > metal > wood.
How do I know if a cabinet can hold the weight of my TV?
This depends on the craftsmanship quality and the materials used to construct the cabinet. Laminated woods are, in general, much stronger than the same size of regular or solid woods. This is because they are made by tightly sealing numerous layers of wood, each of a different type. As a result, the final material is more uniform and very resistant to splinters or cracks. It is also more likely to resist heavier weights on it.
Can I rest a large TV on a floating cabinet?
No, it is only possible for small screens but even then, it is not recommended due to safety purposes. Floating cabinets are not designed to hold TVs so it is better and safer to mount your screen on a wall.
Going for an Alternative
While the hype about TV cabinets is real and justified, they may not be the best options for all homes. If you are looking for a piece of furniture that does not only provide a practical solution, but also makes your home look more beautiful, then you might be suited to another alternative — an entertainment unit.
An entertainment unit is a modular or fixed set of furniture that allows you to house all your media equipment and display them in one convenient location. This is different from a TV stand, which has limited storage options and doesn't offer much space for aesthetic displays.
In addition, entertainment units serve as a focal point that brings the entire decor of the room together while often saving you significant quid in the process. As opposed to TV cabinets, which tend to be rather expensive pieces, entertainment units can be quite reasonably priced given their overall utility. Since they are more versatile, they can also go well with any type of decor in your home whether contemporary or traditional.
All of that being said, it’s clear that choosing the right TV cabinet is far from an easy decision. A lot of questions need to be answered and many factors need to be considered. It is important to think this through and not settle right away at what you like at first sight, for it may be that your home is better suited to an entertainment unit instead of a TV cabinet. At the end of the day, the choice you make will be an investment in your home and we hope that the information provided in this blog serves as a useful guideline to making the right investment.