There are many names for them but media consoles have always been an integral fixture in living rooms. Their style has changed over time from a boxy armoire with doors, to a streamlined design that is lower to the ground and puts the television on display. Fortunately, there are many options to choose from and here are some key things to remember when selecting the best one for you.

Style vs. Function

When shopping for a TV stand, you need to first ask yourself one question: Do I care more about style or function? This is an important decision because if you prefer function, look for lots of storage and a way to hide all those unsightly auxiliary cords, like our traditional Tempus Media Console does. However, if you care more about style, our Merino Sideboard may be just the piece you are looking for.

Size Does Matter

Take into account your TV’s size when purchasing a media cabinet. Always measure your television beforehand so you know how wide your sideboard needs to be. TVs are measured diagonally, from corner to corner of the screen. The TV’s width is a different measurement – from edge to edge – which you’ll also want to jot down. A good rule of thumb is that you want your TV stand to be at least two inches wider than the screens width. For example, a television with a 26” width would need a stand at least 28 inches in width.

Match Your Décor

If you are opting to not hire a decorator, you’ll want to pick a media console that won’t stick out like a sore thumb in the room. If you enjoy the modern look, go for a sleek design like our Bogart Sideboard. Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to buy a matchy set when designing a room. If all your furniture is traditional with the popular grey wash, choose anything from the MSI 450 to the Sabine Sideboard to complete your home.

Now curl up with a blanket and a bowl of popcorn and enjoy the real star of your living room – your brand-new media console.

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