Big Tv Unit vs Small Tv Stand : Buying Size Guide

Big Tv Unit vs Small Tv Stand Buying Size Guide

TV is usually the focal point in the living room, which could bring family and friends together to share precious moments. To enhance the overall appearance of a living room, a TV stand is absolutely necessary. However, finding the right TV stand can be a daunting task. Regarding the size of the, if it is too small, the TV may fall down, but too big may ruin the aesthetics of the living room. There are so many things to consider before choosing. Fortunately, by reading the following buying guide, you will be able to find out if a big tv unit or small tv stand is right for you.


We have found that using our ratio works quite well as a rule of thumb for TV to TV unit sizing. When a unit width is 1.2 times the width of the television, the two look quite balanced. However, there are some considerations to bear in mind and alternative arrangements which can work very well.


Longer TV Unit Sizes

As the width of a TV unit increases beyond 1.2 times the width of the television, it will appear to have more of a console look. The Tv Console effect begins to emerge when the unit is about 2 times the width of the TV screen. Tv consoles look as though they have more utility than just having a TV on them, so they can also take away the emphasis of a TV on the room. They also blend well into the horizontal plane of the room around them more then shorter width units. This can be very useful if the tv unit is placed across a long stretch of wall, even more so if the wall lacks architectural features and fittings like joinery: windows, doors and panelling, etc.


Shorter TV Unit Sizes

Shrinking the TV unit width below 1.2 times the TV width creates a piece that looks more purpose-built for the television screen. If the preference is for a smaller unit but it has to be placed against a long wall as above, then some more consideration goes into what occupies the space either side of the media unit. A large space either side can make the arrangement appear barren. Consider high shelving units and accent chairs next to the tv unit. It is usually better to have a tv unit that is slightly wider than the television, except of course for technical tv stands that are specifically designed to support the TV using minimal space.


Same Size TV Stands

Matching the width of a TV and TV unit can have pleasingly ‘designed’, neat look which can often actually be more appealing than having a slightly larger TV Unit. It is also a great way to conserve space in smaller rooms (or for bigger televisions). Combining pleasingly minimal geometry with minimal footprint.



There are varying opinions on how high a television should be positioned. Our opinion is that, where possible, the centre of the screen should be no higher than eye level. This is based on aesthetics rather than technical viewing considerations. The smaller the room, the more this is true. The obvious exception to this is a cinema room with an extra large TV screen, as greater consideration has to be given to design and positioning to suit multiple seats, along with the system in place.

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