Post # 1
It’s a boring day at work and my mind has been on furnishing our basement. We bought a new 60″ TV on the weekend, but we are still in need of a TV stand. The basement is pretty big, and the TV will be against a very long wall – the wall that spans the entire width of the basement.
I’m wondering what the best way to go is for a TV stand. We want a place to put our movies and video games, a place that has a door or a drawer would be ideal.
Should we go with a stand only or a big entertainment unit?
Some examples to show what I mean from walmart (I won’t be buying these, these are just to show an idea).
TV stand only:
I’m so torn. The entertainment units I’ve seen are all pretty pricey, but maybe it would look better? Maybe it doesn’t matter because the TV is so big? I don’t want it to look too plain against that big wall.
Post # 3
MrsCallalily: we have a 65″ TV and that is our stand in the picture above. It’s from IKEA. I liked it because it was simple.
Post # 4
That looks pretty nice! The stand is tall enough for the tv? That’s another thing I’m worried about – the TV being too low. Might have that issue with a big unit too though.
Post # 5
MrsCallalily: I know you said you wanted storage for videos and games , but if you want more general houshold storage , you could make a wall of storage by putting units together rather than buying a massive entertainment unit.
It also depends on the overall size of your room. One massive wall of storage can be overwhelming to a smaller room.
You can easily build a custom unit using Ikea pieces to fit your TV and your wall
Post # 6
I actually used this coffee table for my TV – I have a 47″ but it could easily hold 60″ (there are some review stating that their 60″ tvs fit on it):
It’s very sturdy, and looks much better than your typical walmart fare. The open back meant it was easy to plug things in – I kept my DVR, Wii, Blu-Ray player and Apple TV in it constantly. I’ve moved in with my fiance now and didn’t have room for it, so my parents took it to replace their designated TV stand and they love it so much more. I put bookcases on each side in the same color family to make it look like part of a cohesive set and used those for my movies, games, etc.
Post # 7
MrsCallalily: the unit from IKEA is customizable so it can be as tall or short as you would like! I knew how tall I wanted it to be. I don’t like to have to look “up” at the TV but it depends on your sofa and stuff. My unit is called the Besta and I saw soooo many different options.
Post # 8
I wouldn’t get a stand, instead have someone mount the TV on the wall.
We have a 52″ TV that’s mounted on the wall. Underneath we have this media console: http://www.cb2.com/storage/furniture/chill-mini-media-console/f6712. It comes in a longer size as well.
Post # 9
We have a 65″ TV and we just have a stand, not an entire entertainment center. I am personally not a fan of huge bulky furniture, so the stand was the best thing. And I thought at first that the TV was going to be too low, but it really is not at all. I love it, it is perfect. This picture was taken because of my puppy, but you can see the TV and stand in it for reference. Also sorry it is a dark photo, but it is the only one I had. I got this stand at Target.
Post # 10
Stand only, I feel full units are too restritive if you wanted a completely different sized TV
Post # 11
I have a 55″ in my great room above the fireplace which is wall mounted and a 55″ wall mounted tv in my loft and I love both so I’d say wall mount it! 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks everyone, there are lots of great ideas here!
pinkshoes: That is actually a really good point that I didn’t think of. Thank you.
Post # 13
Mount it. You have more options for storage of your other stuff this way. I love having our TV mounted!
Post # 14
I agree with the posters above who say mount it on the wall, we have an enormous TV (75”) that we mounted since I hated how it looked on stands. I also like that the mount we used lets us swivel the TV so we can move it to face wherever we are rather than having it be flat against the wall.
Post # 15
Definitely mount it. It looks so much better. You could have a stand under it for stuff if you really needed it.