TV stands: 10 best TV benches to enhance your viewing

TV stands can do more than just enhance your viewing – they can be a good-looking and practical addition to your living room, too. Here, we’ve rounded up the very best buys

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Stylish TV stands have become ever more essential as televisions have sized up over the years. If the appearance of a major piece of living room furniture is a letdown, your compromise will be unmissable. Don’t fret, though – there are great-looking TV cabinets out there both to suit households with lots of the tech that goes with the television, as well as those with a screen and not much more. 

Our TV stand picks include storage-packed designs, and more minimalist furniture. And we’ve found those with concealed storage as well as more open designs. Whether you like modern or more classic room schemes, favour Scandi style, like the authenticity of industrial design, or something else besides, there’s a TV stand for you in our selection. Take a look. 

Which is the best TV stand?

You know what? This comes down to taste, budget and the size of your TV. That said, we absolutely love the John Lewis TV stand from the Calia range. It's a good buy for modern and trad room schemes, suits TVs up to 60in, and is the perfect height for comfortable viewing. Read on to find out more.

The best TV stands

John Lewis TV stand

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1. John Lewis & Partners Calia TV Stand

Best TV stand: this John Lewis TV stand is our number one pick

Specifications
Dimensions: : H44cm x W138cm x D45cm
Material: Solid oak, veneered MDF
Self-assembly?: Yes, partial
Finishes: Dark (shown), oak
Reasons to buy
+Made to last+Fits a big screen

The John Lewis Calia TV stand is practical, of course, but it’s our number one because it’s a good-looking piece of furniture in its own right. The natural pattern of the wood is appealing and ensures each piece is unique, and the finish is tactile. It should age beautifully, too, making it a worthwhile investment.

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
This TV stand offers space for a screen of up to 60in, but its long, low shape ensures it won’t look like a bulky addition to the room. We don’t think a smaller TV would look lost, either, as it would leave more of the oak on show – and room to display photos or a pretty vase, for example.

Storage capabilities?
Two central shelves will accommodate set-top boxes or consoles, while drawers alongside will hide away leads, controllers, remotes and cables to keep things neat. There’s a cable hole at the back to avoid the tangle.

Which room styles will it suit?
A distressed finish and attractive grain pattern together with the lacquered iron frame of this design make it a top choice for an industrial-style scheme. It could also complement modern country schemes because of its natural finish.

Colour and finish options?
Select between the dark and oak versions. The latter is (no prizes for guessing) lighter, so would be ideal for a room not blessed with good daylight, with the warm mid-tone still bringing character.

Customisable?
It can’t be customised, but there are other pieces in the Calia range with the same industrial characteristics so you can easily combine it with shelving or living room tables.

The best TV stands

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2. Swoon Fresco Corner TV Stand

The best corner TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H45cm x W130cm x D50cm
Material: Mango wood body, door, drawer front, box and legs, engineered upstand, back panel and drawer base, solid brass handles
Self-assembly?: Yes
Finishes: Natural (shown), light brown
Reasons to buy
+Space saving+Fab mid-century style
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t take a large TV-Less room for set-top boxes 

Corner TV stands often look bulky, but we’re enamoured by the Swoon Fresco TV stand because it successfully avoids this trap. How? Well, it’s raised above the floor on slim legs, and its design avoids all chunkiness. It’s not a fade-into-the-background piece, though, and a touch of brass adds the sort of decorative detail that stands out without shouting.

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
A TV stand you can position in the corner will be limited in its size by the design, so large versions are out. Of course, this accordingly limits the size of screen you can put on it. It’s not specified, but we reckon this would suit a screen of up to around 58in. 

Our tip? Measure your TV’s width before buying a stand. Screens are measured diagonally, and it’s just the screen itself not the bezel (that’s the frame around the edge), so a TV’s size isn’t its width.

Storage capabilities?
The internal cupboard is H16cm x W125cm x D47cm, so there’s room for the kit that goes with the television, but it’s not a design for those with lots of boxes and consoles.  

Which room styles will it suit?
Fan of mid-century furniture? This TV stand is for you. But like lots of mid-century influenced pieces, it’s also great for a more eclectic scheme with its unfussy lines. It’s a good choice for small homes because it fits into a corner, and with the tapered legs leaving more of the floor on show, it can help a room feel bigger, too.

Colour and finish options?
The light brown version will boost your mid-century credentials, although lighter wood may be less imposing in a compact room. We like the brass details that add a warm note, too.

Customisable?
No, but you can choose other storage pieces from the same Fresco collection for a co-ordinated look.

The best TV stand

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3. Next Lloyd Wide TV Stand

The best wooden TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H43cm x W125cm x D39cm
Material: Solid mango with textured fronts and metallic accents
Self-assembly?: Yes, minimal
Finishes: Mango
Reasons to buy
+Statement design+Good storage
Reasons to avoid
-Medium TVs only-Open view of wires

Made from mango, the Next Lloyd Wide TV stand is our favourite wooden TV stand. It has a teak-like appearance, but it isn’t a vulnerable species. It also gets top marks from us because it’s durable. What also gives this design the edge, though, is its textured detail that makes this more than just a stand for the screen, but also an attractive part of a living room scheme.

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
If your TV is around 43in to 55in, this stand’s made for it – plus a little something decorative besides. It’s a low design, and given that you want to position the centre of the screen at, or just below, eye level, it should make viewing comfortable from many sofa designs.

Storage capabilities?
A partitioned open shelf at the top has room for a couple of set-top boxes and three drawers below mean there’s relatively generous space to hide away all the paraphernalia that goes with your telly.

Which room styles will it suit?
Maximalists, we think this design has your name on it with its textured door fronts and brass-effect finishing touches. Alternatively, make it a focal point contrasting with pieces with clean, contemporary lines.

Colour and finish options?
This mid-toned wood is the only finish available.

Customisable?
What you see is what you get, but you could team it with a sideboard or cabinet, coffee or side table with the same textured finish. Or match with brass-effect shelving.

The best TV stand from Ikea

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4. FJÄLLBO TV Stand

The best Ikea TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H54cm x W150cm x D36cm
Material: Frame, side panel, door and bottom panel in steel with epoxy/polyester powder coating; top panel and shelf in solid pine with clear acrylic lacquer
Self-assembly?: Yes
Finishes: Black
Reasons to buy
+Enduring style+Bags of storage
Reasons to avoid
-You’ll need a mate to help you make it-The TV may end up too high if your sofa’s low

Among the company’s big range, the Ikea Fjällbo TV stand is our pick because of its smart looks and capacious storage. We like the wood and metal combo that will make it look as if it’s been part of your home for a while rather than being a glossy new addition, and the fact that its feet can be adjusted if your floor’s a tad uneven might prove rather useful – a wonky screen is very distracting. 

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
Generously proportioned, this stand will accommodate a medium or large TV – we reckon from around 55in to 65in. Do check the weight as well, though. It’s designed to take a maximum load of 30kg on the top panel.

Storage capabilities?
There’s room for gadgets and plenty more in this spacious number. You don’t have to open the doors to operate equipment either: they can be remotely controlled through the mesh. You won’t need to be ultra tidy as the front somewhat obscures the view, but it would be preferable to tidy random groups of items into containers even so. 

Which room styles will it suit?
While its inspiration is industrial, the design wouldn’t just complement interiors on the theme. Try it in a contemporary living room to add authentic materials, or it could complement rustic interiors that major in wood and other natural textures. 

Colour and finish options?
There aren’t different versions of this although of course the wood of the top will be unique in appearance as it’s a natural material. 

Customisable?
No, but you should fix it the wall and you’ll need to buy the right device separately.

The best TV stand from Dunelm

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5. Dunelm Amelie TV Stand

Best Dunelm TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H52cm x W115cm x D40cm
Material: Mango wood
Self-assembly?: No
Finishes: Brown, painted
Reasons to buy
+French elegance+Open and closed storage
Reasons to avoid
-Only takes small to medium TVs-Won’t fit masses of cables

We’ve fallen for the Parisian charm of the Dunelm Amelie TV stand with its scrolling legs and curves. You don’t have to put it together yourself – a big plus in our book as it means you’ll be on the sofa bingeing on a box set sooner – and it’s made from (joined pieces of) solid wood. 

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
This is one of our less sizeable selections with a narrower width than many and room for a TV of around 50in to 59in screen size. That makes it a natural for smaller rooms where it will do its job beautifully without demanding too much of the floor space.

Storage capabilities?
Two drawers for tidiness are great, and there are two shelves alongside. Bear in mind that there’s only a cable aperture on the top shelf, however, so this isn’t a stand you’ll want if you have more than one player to plug in behind. 

Which room styles will it suit?
French style rooms, bien sûr, but it could harmonise happily with more eclectic selections of furnishings, and country interiors, too.

Colour and finish options?
There’s a white-painted version of the design on offer as well.

Customisable?
No, but if you want matching living room furniture, there’s plenty to pick from.

The best TV stand from Amazon

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6. Amazon oak TV stand

Best Amazon TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H38cm x W120cm x D40cm
Material: Melamine and glass with stainless-steel feet
Self-assembly?: Yes
Finishes: Oak/walnut, cherry/walnut
Reasons to buy
+Great price+Plenty of room for AV equipment
Reasons to avoid
-Neatness required as everything is on show-Gloss finish isn’t to every taste

We’re fans of the Amazon 1home cabinet TV stand – but not just because of its brilliant price. If you’re a tech fan with a big screen, lots of equipment to go with it, or a big collection of films, games or music you want to keep in one place, the minimalist design prioritises storage of your kit, makes it immediately ready to use, and tidies cables neatly at the back.  

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
This design will accommodate a screen of up to 60in. TV significantly smaller? We’d advise using the space for a wifi router or a set-top box or dedicating it to display so it doesn’t look empty.

Storage capabilities?
With adjustable shelves and the option of five different heights for them this TV stand has space for the equipment that goes with your television and more besides. If you’re going to stack DVDs or CDs inside, though, the downside of a design without doors or drawers is that you’re going to have to be neat. 

Which room styles will it suit?
This is a model for contemporary room schemes only with its gloss finish, glass shelves and clean lines.

Colour and finish options?
If a darker finish fits your decor better, opt for the cherry walnut version instead.

Customisable?
Being able to set the shelves at the preferred height is the extent of it – but we do count this as a useful feature.

The best TV stand from Argos

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7. Argos Home Zander Textured TV Unit

Best Argos TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H56cm x W120cm x D39cm
Material: Particle board with wrapped paper foil wood effect (legs) and wrapped PVC foil (white carcass)
Self-assembly?: Yes
Finishes: White wave and oak-effect legs
Reasons to buy
+Space-brightening finish+Brilliant price
Reasons to avoid
-Not ideal with low seating-Takes two to assemble

The Argos Zander Textured TV stand is our top choice from the store. It offers room for a decent-size telly and great storage, but with a white finish and oak details it’ll reflect the light to keep a room feeling spacious and bright. The tactile front is a hit with us, too. It’s on trend and makes this an interesting addition to your room not just a functional design.

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
This unit is taller than many of our picks, so if your seating is on the upright side it’ll put the screen at a comfortable height for watching. It’s sizeable enough for a TV of up to 50in – and maximum TV weight of 50kg – so you won’t be struggling to read the subtitles on Scandi noir.

Storage capabilities?
We like the fact that this stand will fit three set-top boxes or consoles in the centre on the open shelves with cupboards either side to keep DVDs, games and so on in the right place but not compromising the decor. These have adjustable shelves to accommodate whatever you’re stashing comfortably.

Which room styles will it suit?
Fans of Scandinavian interiors (as well as TV series) will appreciate this stand’s ability to complement the rest of the decor. It would also prove a sensible selection for any contemporary room scheme with the textured front adding detail without compromising its sleek handless design.

Colour and finish options?
There aren’t any different combinations – but we reckon you’ll be content with this one.

Customisable?
Only the cupboard shelves (see above).

The best TV stand from Wayfair

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8. Wayfair Alysa TV Stand

The best Wayfair TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H55cm x W120cm x D40cm
Material: Solid and manufactured wood
Self-assembly?: No
Finishes: Dove grey and light oak
Reasons to buy
+Room for TV up to 65in+Ready assembled
Reasons to avoid
-Won’t suit ultra-contemporary rooms-Dusting of players on open shelf required

We’re devotees of painted furniture, so the Wayfair Alysa TV stand is a winner for us. It would blend harmoniously with other painted pieces in a scheme that mixed neutral tones. Its design, meanwhile, is unfussy without being dull. Even better, fellow films-at-home lovers, it’ll fit a big screen.

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
This stand has the same width as many in our selection at 120cm, but it can accommodate a bigger screen with a maximum TV size of 65in and weight limit of 60kg, as well as set-top boxes on the shelf below. 

Storage capabilities?
It won’t fit a ton of tech, but the shelf will be sufficient space for many households, and it has the bonus of hideaway storage in the three drawers to tidy all the bits and bobs that come with the hardware plus films and games.

Which room styles will it suit?
Room with the pale tones, clean lines and wood finishes that typify Scandinavian schemes? This stand will suit it to a tee. It’s also a sound selection for a country look home, where it will complement rustic furnishings with its wood top.

Colour and finish options?
There aren’t any alternatives to the grey colourway – but as a neutral it’s easy to combine with other colours in your room in any case, so we don’t think this should be a disappointment.

Customisable?
There’s nothing you can customise here. However, each piece will be unique due to natural grain variation in the wood. TV more modest in size? There’s a smaller version on offer that fits screens up to 43”.

The best TV stand from Wayfair

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9. Walmart Oxford Square TV Console

Best Walmart TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H76.2cm x W121.3cm x D53.34cm
Material: Wood and glass
Self-assembly?: Yes
Finishes: Blue, Gray or Weathered
Reasons to buy
+Lasting style+Tons of space
Reasons to avoid
-Not for small rooms-Takes time to put together 

We think the Walmart Better Homes and Gardens Oxford Square TV stand is a winner if you’re after a classic piece of furniture rather than a hi-tech stand. That’s not to say it doesn’t have space for all the extras that go with your television plus gaming consoles, helping your room stay clutter-free as well as enduringly stylish.

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
Space for a screen of up to 55in makes this a good buy for TVs up to medium sizes. It’s taller than many stands, giving it presence in your room, so it won’t look lost in big spaces nor out of proportion with the remainder of the furniture.

Storage capabilities?
There’s room for plenty in this generous design. It’ll fit set-top boxes, consoles, controllers, remotes, DVDs, a stereo system… or, if your hardware’s more minimal, give you room to put away board games, books and magazines.  

Which room styles will it suit?
This stand will look great in any classic or traditional room scheme – or a space with country style. Want to put it in more contemporary surroundings? The blue or gray version wouldn’t look out of place in more modern interiors.

Colour and finish options?
We like this blue finish, but gray looks smart, and weathered will give a room a more rustic twist.

Customisable?
The interior shelves can be adjusted, and there are floor levelers, too, in case the surface you’re positioning it on isn’t quite flat.

The best TV stand from Target

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10. Target Cyndi TV Stand Black Metal

Best Target TV stand

Specifications
Dimensions: H58.42cm x W165.1cm x D63.5cm
Material: Metal and tempered glass
Self-assembly?: No
Finishes: Black
Reasons to buy
+Sleek open design+Keeps cables tidy
Reasons to avoid
-No concealed storage-Up to medium-sized TVs only

We’ve fallen for the Target Cyndi TV stand because of its modern credentials. It’ll make a great focal point, and you can add to its attractions by putting decorative accessories on show on the open structure, as well as placing a good-sized television on top.

What size is it, and what TV size will it fit?
This TV stand is a fairly sizeable piece of furniture, so it’s a design best reserved for large, open rooms. That’s not to say it’ll look clunky, though. The open shelf design gives it a more minimal effect than a glance at its dimensions would suggest. As it’s made for TVs of up to 54in, the TV won’t dominate the stand, either.

Storage capabilities?
The shelves provide room for set-top boxes or consoles, and although the style is open, there’s a cord management port so wires don’t spoil the picture. You’re going to have to be a neatnik, however. There’s no hiding mess on a TV stand without doors.

Which room styles will it suit?
This is a design for modern room schemes with its smoked glass shelves. But that’s not to say it’s without decorative detail. We like the curve of its black metal legs, which soften the overall look. 

Colour and finish options?
It’s just this combination.

Customisable?
No. It’ll either suit you room and your TV set up, or it won’t.

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