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How to Choose a TV Unit

Castlery   |   Aug 16, 2022

If you’re looking for ways to create a focal point in your living room and liven up your interior décor, a TV unit is the perfect choice. As well as supporting your screen, TV units and consoles can provide valuable extra storage and help to enhance and emphasise your interior design theme.

Even if you have a wall mounted screen – or no screen at all – you can use a TV unit to display lamps, plants, photos, and ornaments to create a fantastic feature in your living space.

With so many beautiful options to choose from, narrowing it down to your favourite isn’t always easy. So, we’ve put together a few top tips and ideas to help you find the perfect unit for your home.

Mid-century modern TV unit styled with simple decor Rustic and thoughtfully crafted, the Seb TV Unit is perfect for creating warm, cozy spaces. Picture credit: @mrs.vesnatanasic

Size it up

Arguably, the most important thing to consider when investing in a new TV unit is size. After all, if your new TV stand is too big for your lounge, or if it’s dwarfed by your screen, it’s unlikely to look good and you’ll struggle to achieve an interior look you’re happy with. So, before you start searching for a new TV unit, you need to break out the measuring tape.

There are a few different measurements you’ll need to take before you can find the perfect stand for your interior. Firstly, you’ll need to measure the width of the wall where your TV unit is going to sit. If you have built-in furnishings, or alcoves either side or your chosen spot, make sure you take these into account when measuring the space available.

It’s also a good idea to measure the distance from the wall to your sofa or coffee table. You’ll want to leave enough room for people to easily walk between the screen and your seating area, so if there’s limited space available, you may need to choose a slimline unit.

Last, but not least, you’ll need to measure your TV. Ideally, your console should be 10-15cm wider than your screen to maximise support and ensure your living area feels balanced and well-proportioned. If you’re still not sure which TV unit will work best with your screen, we can help. You’ll find illustrations of recommended TV sizes to fit each console on our individual product pages. So, get in touch if you need more information on correct sizing.

TV stand with oval silhouette in a modern living room With an oval silhouette and tamboured doors, the Harper TV Unit is a stunning piece for any modern living room. Picture credit: @tina_yong

Storage, storage, storage

As well as giving you the perfect place to perch your TV, a new unit will allow you to add valuable extra storage to your living space. To make the most of this storage, think about how many electronics and gadgets you own and how much space you need to comfortably store them.

It’s also important to consider the type of storage you’ll require. If you have devices like speakers and DVD players, you’ll probably want to place them on open shelves in the console so that they’re easily accessible and able to perform to the best of their abilities. Other electronics like digiboxes and Wi-Fi routers can be hidden away in cupboards or drawers to give your home a clean, uncluttered feel.

Walnut TV unit with slatted doors in modern living room *Got clutter? We feel you. Luka’s iconic slatted doors open up to storage so your knickknacks remain neatly stashed away. *

Keep it on trend

Your TV unit will be one of the main focal points of your living room, so it’s important to get it to look just right. TV units come in a good variety of styles, so it should be easy to find one that suits your interior design theme.

If your living area already has a mid century style, or if you want to add a retro feel to your interior, our Seb TV Unit is a great choice. Its angled wooden legs and wood finish give it a distinctly vintage feel, while its mix of cupboards, drawers and open shelves make it suitable for storing all types of devices.

Another mid-century-inspired option is the Harper TV Unit. Its rounded ends and elegant metal feet give the furnish a light, organic feel. While on the inside, the piece offers ample storage for electronics, books, DVDs and anything else you want to keep out of sight.

If you’ve gone for a more industrial look in your living area, the Carson TV Unit will look great with your existing décor. Though it still has a mid-century feel, this attractive TV unit’s angular silhouette and metallic elements give it a clean, engineered aesthetic.

Mid-century modern TV unit with slatted doors and marble top Designed with carrara marble and a timber slatted frame, the August TV Unit is a timeless mid-century modern design.

Both industrial and mid-century TV units will work in contemporary interiors. However, if you really want to emphasise your modern look, opt for an August TV Unit. The console has sharp corners, a striped wooden facade, and a luxurious marble top. Simple black metal legs support the unit, giving it a crisp, stylish appearance and ensuring it feels light and airy.

Adding a TV unit to your interior layout is a great way to introduce style and character to your living area. Whether you’ve chosen a modern, retro, or industrial look, these versatile furnishings will enhance your décor and add practicality to your lounge. Explore our collection today to find out more.