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Mounting a TV or Using a TV Stand

By Steven Bertoni | December 28, 2021

No media room is complete without the pièce de résistance, the television. Say what you want about it, but the television is still the supreme way we entertain ourselves in the American home. In fact, more than 1.7 billion households have televisions, and the number is steadily rising. 

The television has evolved into a device that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Unlike older floor model televisions that were their own piece of furniture altogether, the televisions of today are paper-thin and much less of an eyesore. 

However, the fact that a television is still a large electronic piece of equipment can make it difficult to fit it into the stylistic decor of any room. If you get it right, your television only commands attention when it is on. When it’s not in use, it should blend into the background, allowing other aspects of design to take center stage. 

The most important part of keeping your television aesthetically pleasing is how you store it. Whether you choose to mount your television or use a stand, your television will either be an obtrusive eyesore or an understated part of your general decor. 

At Modloft, our architects build pieces with functionality in mind. Whether you decide to mount your television on a wall or use a stand, we’ve got the solutions you need to keep your space looking cohesive and to help you build a beautiful style. 

Here’s everything you need to know about mounting a tv or using a tv stand to house your television. 

To Mount or to Stand

If you’ve decided on the wall where you will house your tv, you may not have decided on whether or not to mount the tv on the wall or use a stand. Here are some considerations to help you make the decision. 

Electrical Outlets and Cable Access

Possibly the biggest determining factor of how you’ll store your television is whether or not you have available electrical access and/or cable access. In fact, it’s likely one of the reasons that helped you decide where to place your television in your room. 

Mounting a television requires cable and electrical access at television viewing height. If your house is older, there’s an unlikely chance that those plugs will be located in the center of the wall. Even newer construction may not have an appropriate outlet.

In this case, you have three options:

Space for a Stand

In some cases, you may not have an option to use a television stand. If you plan, for instance, to have your television mounted above an existing piece of furniture like a fireplace or mantle, using a television stand won’t be an option. 

Even if there is no furniture under the wall space where the television should be placed, your room may be too small to accommodate another piece of furniture (like a tv stand). When placing furniture, a good rule of thumb is to allow at least 30” of space between pieces of furniture you need to walk around.

Visibility

Whether or not you choose to mount your television or use a stand, your television will need to be visible by all the seats in your room. This may mean that mounting is the only viable option so that all seated persons can see.

Keep in mind that some pieces of furniture will be angled or have multiple seats. Just because the television is easily visible from the far end of the sofa doesn’t mean it is easily visible from the end nearest the tv. It may be too close to allow comfortable viewing. 

TV Mount Pros and Cons

If you have the option to mount or use a TV stand, perhaps a list of pros and cons of both can help you make your decision. 

Pros of TV Mounts

Tv mounts are devices that hold televisions on a wall. Ideally, a tv mount screws into the studs on your wall and attaches to your television, making your television look similar to a hanging portrait. 

Here are some of the pros of wall-mounting your television. 

Using a wall mount is a great option, but here are some wall mount pitfalls to consider before drilling into your drywall.

Pros and Cons of a TV Stand

When you think of a TV stand, you probably think of the same type of stand you had in college; a bargain basement specially crafted from cheap aluminum or particleboard. Thankfully, media consoles have increased in beauty and design and are great options for keeping your television stored along with other media-related items. 

Here are some pros you can enjoy when using a tv stand:

TV stands aren’t without their own issues. Here are some downfalls to selecting a tv stand instead of using a wall mount. 

The Takeaway

Both a tv mount and a tv stand are great options for storing your television. However, a media console will offer you the benefit of storage and the flexibility to locate your television wherever you like. 

For media consoles that add understated style to your space, trust Modloft. 

 

Sources:

TV households worldwide | Statistica 

How to Move an Electrical Plug Up a Finished Wall | SF Gate 

How to Arrange Furniture in Every Room | Better Homes & Gardens