Vallee TV Stand October 21st, 2017 - 12:39:50
If you have children or pets, flat screen TVs present a unique problem. It used to be that TVs were large and heavy and were not as much of a tipping hazard. These days, flat panel TVs are larger, thinner, and lighter than ever before and can tip very easily. If your TV will be mounted within reach of your children or pets, you should choose a stand that makes provision for a strap or other anti-tipping device to protect them. Many flat screen TVs now come with anti-tipping protective devices, but a device thats integrated into the stand can provide additional protection.
TV stands come in wood, metal, glass, and other materials. You can choose a stand that matches the rest of your AV furniture or one that complements it. If you watch a lot of TV, you want to be comfortable with the style so that it reinforces good feelings rather than being a constant reminder of your questionable choice. Most modern TVs are bright enough to overcome ambient light in a bright room, but shadows can still cause problems depending on the location of your TV. Its a good idea to pay attention to this while youre placing the TV stand so that you dont end up with poor daytime viewing.
On the other hand, if you use a tilting mount, you will be able to point the TV screen down at the viewers effectively achieving the same thing. In our home theater, we have positioned the TV higher because we sit in recliners and looking straight at a TV that is at eye-level is awkward and a strain on the neck. If you will be mostly watching TV from a reclined position, keep that in mind when youre choosing your AV furniture.
Other considerations related to the size of the AV furniture youre considering include whether there are any physical features of the room that would affect the TV stand, how high do you want the TV to sit, and if there will be enough room to comfortably walk between existing furniture and the new TV stand. The general theory is that the center of the TV screen should be at the same level as the eyes of the viewers. If youre going to mount the TV on the wall above the fireplace or on a high TV stand, that may not be practical.