Media Storage and Media Units
How big should my media console be?
The size of credenza will depend on the space you have and your storage needs. If you are a film buff, your large DVD collection and numerous gadgets and devices might merit a large media console to house it all. If you only have a small space, you might just have room for a TV stand.
Regardless of space constraints and size preferences, the total width of your television stand should be greater than the total width of your TV in order to avoid any accidents. After all, if the side of a television overhangs the media console, someone might easily knock it over as they walk by. You might also want to measure the space and find a unit that doesn't overwhelm the room or get in the way.
What should my TV stand be made of?
The material should suit the style of the space it's going in, as well as offering enough durability to withstand the weight it will be bearing. Wood tends to be the reigning champion in terms of media storage material. It is sturdy and comes in many finishes — including walnut, ash, oak and cherry — to accommodate many styles. Veneered plywood is a comparatively more affordable option that is best suited to less weight. There are many particularly sleek designs in glass and plastic with metal fittings. The material you choice may also be dictated by your family's needs; for example, glass and metal media consoles with sharp edges aren't ideal for small children.
Where should I place my TV storage unit?
This will depend on the layout of your room and the placement of other furniture. Your sofa should ideally face your TV stand; after all, you want to be able to relax while watching television. As you're figuring out your space, measuring all your furniture and creating a mock layout can help you to determine what goes where. If you have a more flexible floor plan, it could be best to avoid placing your TV in an area with bad glare.