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Published Oct. 5, 2021

Many people choose to mount their TV to the wall. It’s a fine solution, but it comes with some drawbacks. It can be hard to get behind the panel to plug things in. And not everyone can just go drilling into the wall to hang a mount and a heavy TV, especially if they’re renting. Luckily, TV stands provide an elegant solution. These crucial bits of living room furniture hold your TV as well as all the important stuff that goes with it, from streaming boxes to gaming consoles. 

You need to choose the correct TV stand for your setup, though. Picking the right size, material, storage solution, and style can all have a serious impact on your ability to enjoy the best seats in your house. This guide will help walk you through the process of choosing the best TV stand for your space whether you’re hoarding set-top boxes or you’re a die-hard minimalist. 

How We Picked the Best TV Stands

TVs have gotten absolutely massive in recent years, with 55- and 65-inch models starting to feel slightly small compared to the massive 75- and even 85-inch behemoths out there on store shelves. Supporting those pricy panels is crucial. 

We surveyed dozens of different models looking for TV stands that offered the right mix of value, style, and durability. This list represents a wide swath of looks, materials, and sizes to try and accommodate most spaces. We have collectively spent hundreds of hours putting together flat-pack furniture, so ease of assembly is important as well. If it can’t go together with our relationships, thumbs, and mental well-being intact, it can’t go on the list.

Best TV stand: Bestier 63 Modern TV Stand

Play Station

There’s plenty of room for lots of streaming boxes and gaming consoles, but the built-in RGB LED lighting helps set the gaming mood.

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Why it made the cut: There’s plenty of room for lots of streaming boxes and gaming consoles, but the built-in RGB LED lighting helps set the gaming mood. 

Specs: 

  • TV size: Up to 75 inches
  • Material: Particle board and metal
  • Width: 63 inches
  • Height: 22 inches

Pros:

  • Accepts large TVs
  • Lots of storage space
  • Built-in RGB lighting
  • Tempered glass shelves

Cons: 

  • Pressboard construction
  • No front doors to conceal gear when not in use

You can’t have a piece of gaming-specific gear without adding RGB lighting. That maxim stays true with this 63-inch wide TV stand. It has LED strips inside the cabinet that can show off seven different colors and vary between 22 different display patterns. So, if you’re a streamer and you’re looking to create the perfect ambiance for your space, this is a great way to do it without having to DIY your own solution. The lights even come with their own remote to control the display. 

As for the TV stand itself, it’s made of sturdy pressboard, but the shelves are made of tempered glass to allow the light to travel through them. There are five individual compartments, one vertically oriented space in the middle with two stacked horizontal shelves on each size. There are no doors to close in front of all your devices, so you can show them off even when you’re not playing. 

Cord holes in the back of the unit allow you to easily snake power cables through without creating a cluttered look. The carbon cellulose surfaces are smooth to the touch and relatively durable in case you spill a drink on it in the heat of the moment. 

Best TV stand with mount: Walker Edison Wren Classic 4 Cubby TV Stand

Stand and Deliver

This unit holds your TV on an independent pole to give the illusion of wall hanging.

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Why it made the cut: Our pick for the best TV stand with mount, an integrated stand lifts up to a 58-inch TV above the surface to make room for a soundbar or elaborate action figure arrangements.

Specs: 

  • TV size: Up to 60 inches
  • Width: 58 inches
  • Height: 24 inches
  • Material: MDF

Pros:

  • Attractive composite surface
  • Fits big TVs
  • Integrated mount
  • Spacious shelves

Cons: 

  • No doors on the front
  • Limited finish options

If you want the look of a wall-mounted TV without having to drill into your drywall or plaster, this is the TV stand you’re looking for. It’s 58 inches wide, so you can sit a TV on top of the unit as normal if you want to. It has a capacity of up to 150 pounds. Add the integrated mount, however, and the TV can sit above the surface and away from the wall. That leaves room beneath the TV to accommodate extra set-top boxes, speakers, or a soundbar. 

That extra room up top augments an already spacious interior. There are two compartments, each with its own adjustable shelf so they’re customizable depending on your setup. Each compartment has a cable port in the back, so it’s simple to hide wires out of the way. It’s not solid wood, but it is built to last and it’s simple to tether to the wall so it doesn’t tip over.

Best fireplace TV stand: Ameriwood Home Lumina Fireplace

Cozy Home

A built-in fireplace makes for the coziest binge watching.

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Why it made the cut: The included 23-inch wide fireplace display augments built-in LED lighting so you can set any mood you want from romantic to gamer circus.

Specs: 

  • TV size: Up to 70 inches
  • Material: MDF, particle board
  • Width: 64.75 inches
  • Height: 24.875 inches

Pros: 

  • Holds large TVs
  • Built-in fireplace display (not real fire)
  • Heats rooms up to 400 square feet
  • LED lighting
  • Each compartment has three shelves

Cons: 

  • Limited storage space
  • Not a real fireplace

Fireplaces are another luxury that not every home can accommodate. An easy pick for the best fireplace TV stand, this sturdy TV stand has a 23-inch fireplace display that creates a realistic fire effect while an electric heater pumps warmth out into a room up to 400 square feet. It can’t replace a real fireplace, but it also won’t involve major home renovations, regular cleanings, or the threat of melting that PS5 you waited so long to get. If you just want the fire or heat effects, they’re both available independently, too. 

The stand itself can hold up to a massive 70-inch TV. The storage underneath offers three shelves on each side. Because the fireplace display takes up space, you don’t have as much room in the storage compartments as you would on other models, so make sure you’re cool with that trade off before taking the leap. 

Best TV stand for 75-inch TVs: Walker Edison Englewood Mid Century Modern 2-Door

Spacious Design

If your TV hits 80 inches, you need a big stand like this one.

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Why it made the cut: The attractive design masks the fact that it’s 70 inches wide and plenty big enough to support TVs all the way up to 80 inches. 

Specs: 

  • TV size: Up to 80 inches
  • Materials: MDF
  • Width: 70 inches
  • Height: 15 inches

Pros:

  • Attractive design
  • Sturdy construction
  • Doors to obscure storage when not in use
  • Large capacity

Cons: 

  • Short
  • Legs allow for stuff to roll underneath

This extra-long TV stand looks like something Don Draper might put in his apartment. It has a slack, minimal design with doors on each of the two side cabinets to obscure your devices. The center shelf is exposed so you can keep your best looking consoles or a basket in there if you want to get fancy about it.  

Despite its relatively skinny (and handsome) legs, it can support up to 150 pounds. Combined with its length, that makes this a solid option for massive TVs. It stands 24 inches tall, too, which is important if you’re watching a massive set. Get too tall of a TV stand and you’ll be looking up to see the whole screen, which is annoying. 

There are four different color options, so you can choose exactly which one matches your home vibe. 

Best solid wood TV stand: Simplihome Redmond

Traditional Style

MDF and pressboard are great options, but sometimes you want something more natural.

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Why it made the cut: With four cabinets, two drawers, and a pair of shelves, this wood TV stand gives off a retro entertainment center vibe that we love.

Specs: 

  • TV Capacity: Up to 80 inches
  • Material: Pine with plywood
  • Width: 72 inches
  • Height: 26 inches

Pros: 

  • Lots of storage
  • Doors to hide items when not in use
  • Very sturdy
  • Seven color options

Cons:

  • Heavy
  • Design may feel dated to some

Entertainment centers once ruled the land. Your living room wasn’t complete until it was equipped with a massive, wooden piece of furniture that housed your TV and everything that went with it. This 72-inch TV stand evokes that era. The storage areas have doors to hide what’s inside. There are four cabinets with adjustable shelves, as well as a pair of drawers in the middle. They all have doors with recessed panels for an old school look. There are also two uncovered shelves directly underneath the top surface. 

There are seven colors to choose from when you’re picking your finish, all of which involve stained pine wood material. The hardware is made of handsome brass and the doors shut magnetically so they don’t randomly kick open when you don’t want them to. 

Things to consider before buying a TV stand

You have to know your home and your TV before you pull the rip cord and buy a stand. Here are some things to consider.

Materials

Most of the easily shippable stuff you’ll find online is made of material like MDF or particleboard. These materials sometimes get a bad name because they aren’t as durable as real wood, which is true in a way, but not in others. They typically include laminate exteriors, which are good at resisting marks and damage from liquid. 

You can, of course, go with various types of wood, but it comes with its own issues like a need to be polished and a predilection for dings. 

Dimensions

It should go without saying, but your TV stand needs to actually fit in your house. Get a good, solid measurement before you pull the trigger so you know for sure that your new furniture has a snug place to go. If your TV is huge, you want something that’s wide enough for the feet to sit comfortably on the surface, but you also don’t want it too tall to throw the center of the screen above your eyeline when you’re sitting on the couch. 

Storage type

Modern gaming consoles are extremely chunky, so if you want to park that PS5 or Xbox Series X inside your new TV stand, make sure it will fit and the shelves can handle its weight. You’ll also want to decide whether or not you want doors in front of your cabinets to hide your shameful mess of game cases and controller charging cables when you’re not playing or watching content. 

FAQs

Q: How wide does a TV stand need to be?

Manufacturers are annoyingly inconsistent when it comes to how they support their TVs. Some use a central pedestal while other use feet spaced far apart at the edges of the panel. You can find out exactly how wide you need the stand to be by checking your TV’s specifications, but you can also just err on the side of wider if your space can fit it. 

Q: Can I put a 55 inch TV on a 50 inch stand?

Almost certainly. Firstly, the 55-inch measurement refers to the diagonal size of the screen, which means the length and width will be shorter (remember the pythagorean theorem?) A 55-inch TV is actually probably well under 50 inches wide so you should be fine. Again, be sure to check your specific TV before dropping cash. 

Q: Which is better: TV wall mount or stand?

It depends on your situation. Some people can’t drill into their walls in order to mount a TV. It’s also easier to get behind the screen to plug in cables and other stuff if you can simply move the stand away from the wall. Even flexible mounts don’t make it that easy. However, mounted TVs are less likely to tip over and you can put them at whatever height you want rather than relying on the TV stand to be the right height. 

Final Thoughts

You have a nice place to sit when you watch content, your TV deserves the same. It may not seem like an important decision, but the TV stand can set the tone for your entire living room. It stores your important stuff, hides your wires, and holds up our good pal the TV. By taking a few minutes to really consider your options, you can make an informed decision and get the best TV stand for your home. 

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