TV stands 2020: 7 top-rated TV units to make box set bingeing better

We've rounded up the top TV stands to enhance the viewing experience – and make a practical addition to your living room – in this expert guide, all for the best prices

best tv stand - Tom Schneider Taper 1250 TV Stand for TVs up to 55" - Real Homes
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With televisions getting bigger, you'll need a TV stand to help showcase, and protect it, in all its glory. A television stand is much as the same as a TV wall mount, but often feature added benefits such as storage and ingenious ways to hide unsightly cables, too.

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. Keep scrolling to see our top picks for this year – you could even pick up a bargain as talk of summer sales is brewing...

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The best TV stands for 2020

best TV stand - Tom Schneider Taper 1250 TV Stand

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1. Tom Schneider Taper 1250 TV Stand

The best TV stand for TV up to 55in: a beautiful item of craftsmanship to keep your home entertainment in order

Suitability: TVs up to 55in
Dimensions: H42 x W125 x D40cm
Material: Natural wood veneer
Finishes: Oak or Walnut
Reasons to buy
+Handmade British design+Cable management+Built-in ventilation
Reasons to avoid
-Some may prefer drawers to hide media units behind

Stylish AND practical, it's no wonder why this TV unit has claimed our top spot in this guide.

It's handmade from beautiful natural wood which will showcase televisions with a screen size of up to 55-inches, perfectly. The stand has everything you would expect from an item of furniture of this nature with full cable management to hid the wires, while built-in ventilation keeps air moving freely around your media units to prevent any over heating. It offers plenty of space for a soundbar, games console and Hi-Fi equipment or, you could just keep it minimalistic to enjoy the simple things in life.

  • Buy the Tom Schneider Taper 1250 TV Stand

Argos Home Kent Oak & Oak Veneer Corner TV Unit

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2. Argos Home Kent Oak & Oak Veneer Corner TV Unit

Best corner TV stand: a solid design which fits neatly in the corner of a room

Suitability: TVs up to 48in
Dimensions: H50 x W110 x D50cm
Material: Oak and Oak veneer
Finishes: Grey or Oak
Reasons to buy
+Easy cable access+Two drawers with wooden runners+Chunky design
Reasons to avoid
-Handles need attaching

This sturdy TV unit if perfect for siting snug in the corner of the room, and busy households where there are children running around.

Arriving pretty much fully assembled with just the handles which need fitting, this TV stand will be able to hold your television of up to 48-inches within minutes of arriving. It boasts two drawers which are ideal for stashing away the box sets and games you're not using, whilst the open shelves will securely house your media units. And round the back offers easy access to the cables so you can organise them just how you like them.

  • Buy the Argos Home Kent Oak & Oak Veneer Corner TV Unit

Phelan TV Stand for TVs up to 78"

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3. Corrigan Studio Phelan TV Stand

Best TV stand for large screens: make an impact with you big-screen TV on this retro-styled unit

Suitability: TVs up to 78in
Dimensions: H15.5 x W60 x D40cm
Material: Cedar wood and MDF
Finishes: Natural and white
Reasons to buy
+No assembly required+Good storage solution+Solid build
Reasons to avoid
-Double, triple check that you need a stand this big!

This TV stand is a blast from the 60's with a beautiful combination of colours and shape which will give your living room a modern twist. 

Made from solid wood, the Phelan boasts one cabinet and one drawer so you'll have plenty of space to store your fave DVDs, gaming accessories and more. In the middle section is where you could house your games console which will have plenty of ventilation thanks to its open design at the back. On the top of the media unit, you can fit a TV of up to 78 inches which means that you can make the space for it.

  • Buy the Corrigan Studio Phelan TV Stand 

John Lewis TV stand

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4. John Lewis & Partners Calia TV Stand

The best TV stand with no frills: it's solid, has shelves and looks good, too

Suitability: TVs up to 60in
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
Reasons to avoid
-May need some extra washers to support it

The John Lewis Calia TV stand is practical and a good-looking piece of furniture in its own right. 

It 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.

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.

  • Buy the John Lewis & Partners Calia TV Stand 

The best TV stand from Argos

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5. Argos Home Zander Textured TV Unit

Best TV stand for design-led spaces: just look at those quirky sides – they'll make a wonderful interior to any living room

Suitability: TVs up to 50in
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 offers room for tellies with a screen-size of up to 50in whilst being a fab storage solution. 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.

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.

  • Buy the Argos Home Zander Textured TV Unit

Ikea BESTA TV Bench

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6. Ikea BESTA TV Bench

Best TV stand from Ikea: complete with doors, drawers and shelves, this TV bench offers the complete storage solution

Suitability: Unknown
Dimensions: H74 x W180 x D42 cm
Material: Particle board and fibreboard with plastic edging
Self-assembly: Yes
Finishes: White, black-brown or Oak effect, as various combinations
Reasons to buy
+Easy to assemble+Hides all the wires
Reasons to avoid
-Finishes may not suit all interiors

This TV unit gets our vote for the best available from Ikea, which comes very high recommended by customers.

It's a smart option, for sure, which combines a sleek finish with practical functions. It offers plenty of storage space with  two shelves either side and a central drawer (plus the top to sit your tele), and relief from trailing cables which tend to get in the way, like, all the time.

  • Buy the Ikea BESTA TV Bench

King Universal Oak TV Stand

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7. King Universal Oak TV Stand

Best budget TV stand: this is a good option if you have a smaller sized TV and don't want to splash out big either

Suitability: TVs up to 40in
Dimensions: H80 x W45 x D40 cm
Material: Solid oak with black glass shelves
Self-assembly: Yes
Finishes: Black and natural oak
Reasons to buy
+Easy to build+Plenty of storage+Strong and sturdy design
Reasons to avoid
-Won't fit a soundbar on shelving

This stylish looking TV stand has pretty much all the space you need to accommodate a 40in television with all the additional media units.

It has an open back design which gives excellent ventilation to the lower shelves, and it has a built-in cable management system which will keep all the cables from your SKY boxes, DVD players and games consoles under control. The three tempered glass shelves can hold up to 15kg (37kg on the top shelf) so there's plenty of storage space. And the unit is mega easy to assemble with easy-to-follow instructions.

  • Buy the King Universal Oak TV Stand

What is the best TV stand 2020?

You know what? This comes down to taste, budget and the size of your TV. That said, the best TV stand (in opinion) is the Tom Schneider Taper 1250 TV stand. It's a good buy for modern and trad room schemes, suits TVs up to 55 inch, and is the perfect height for comfortable viewing. 

If you have a corner to fill, then we can highly recommend you buy the Argos Home Kent Oak & Oak Veneer Corner TV unit. It's a solid design which comes in a choice of two lovely finishes – our fave is the grey – which can cater for TVs up to 48 inches.

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Jennifer Oksien
Jennifer Oksien

Jennifer joined the Real Homes team in February 2020, and returned to Future Publishing, as our Appliances Editor. Jenny spends her working days bringing you the best appliance deals, and the latest appliance tech so you can kit out your home on trend and within budget – when she is not doing that she is renovating and restoring her Victorian terrace with secondhand bargains, baking sponge cakes and taking photographs of postboxes wherever she travels.