by Paul Sanders
The decor in your home can determine how you enjoy movies, television and music. Your TV is naturally the focal point of the room, so your choice of a TV stand is important. Here are some tips on choosing a TV stand for your home theater.
Style. As a general home decor rule, you don't want to mix styles, unless your style is meant to be eclectic. Choose a TV stand that fits your home theater room and that fits your personal style. You'll be looking at both your TV and TV stand a lot, so consider how it will fit with the rest of the room.
Room layout and TV location. If your home theater is in an oddly shaped room, you may need to get creative with your TV placement. You might consider looking at TV stands built for the corner of a room. Examine the lighting conditions in your home theater room. Your TV will look better and last longer depending on its day and night light exposure. You should also keep in mind speaker placement, power outlets and cable or satellite access when placing a TV stand in your home theater.
TV size and type. The type of TV stand you choose needs to fit your TV. If you are buying a TV stand for an older tube TV, you'll need to be sure that the TV stand is deep enough. Many modern TV stands are built for flat panel HDTVs, with flat panel mounts or small standing surfaces that won't fit a tube TV.
Device and media storage. You'll need a lot of storage space if you plan on storing your DVD player, home theater receiver and video game console in the TV stand. Look for TV stands that not only fit your TV, but all of your home theater components, including movies, games and CDs.
Cable visibility. Most home theater systems have numerous connector cables, controllers and antennae for all their devices. A tangled mess of wires and cables sticking out from behind your TV stand is unsightly. Consider how many cables your home theater system uses and whether you'll want a closed cabinet TV stand to hide them behind. Some TV stands even have special cable conduits to organize and run your cables cleanly out of sight.