Glass Flat Panel TV Stands
- Television Furniture and Stand Guide
Glass flat panel TV stands are one of a number of different choices you have when choosing somewhere to store your home cinema system.
However, it can be difficult to decide which is the best type for you to use. In our guide to flat screen TV stands and furniture we discuss the different types you will come across, and look at the pros and cons of each type.
Once you understand the issues involved, it will make it easier for you to choose the right style and model for your room.
On this page we look at glass TV stands. Go to the main guide for details of other types.
Glass TV Stands
Glass TV stands are available in the vast majority of television stores.
Generally retail stores use glass TV stands to increase profit margins and the prices tend to be severely inflated when compared with typical internet prices.
We recommend you ask for the model number of the glass TV stand in store and check internet prices before purchasing. The sales people may try to tempt you with large discounts, but in many cases the prices are so over inflated the same products can be bought online far cheaper even with the "special offer".
Most glass TV stands combine clear or black glass shelves with either black, silver or chrome supports.
High Gloss Glass TV Stand
Higher quality glass TV stands can feature brushed aluminium or black nickel supports.
If you search online, a far greater variety of finish options exists including white glass, red glass and grey glass shelves - and some manufacturers offer a wide choice of support finishes like metallic gold for instance. Generally the more specific and unusual the finish choice the higher the price will be.
Black glass is currently the most popular choice of finish of glass TV stand - and you can see an example of this with the Bell'O High Gloss TV Stand pictured here.
The advantage of black glass is that it matches the majority of modern LCD, LED and plasma TV finishes in addition to helping to conceal wiring. However, the downside is that it attracts and shows dust far more than a clear glass alternative.
In order to determine the quality of a particular glass TV stand a number of factors should be considered.
Firstly the thickness of the glass.
Even at the lowest of price points, it is possible to purchase a glass TV stand with an 8mm glass top. However, there are some poorer quality glass flat panel TV stands on the market with just 6mm glass top shelves. We would recommend against these as it is possible to purchase a TV stand with 8mm glass for the same price.
Higher quality glass TV stands feature 10mm, 12mm or even 19mm glass shelves. Thicker glass increases the strength of the glass TV stand and also helps to reduce unwanted vibrations which can lower the quality of both audio and video equipment.
Always buy a glass TV stand with toughened safety glass; we would always steer clear of any kind of glass furniture which does not feature toughened glass shelves.
Most types of glass TV stands feature cable management. Always check this is included with the TV stand before purchasing as some manufacturers offer it as an optional extra rather than an inclusive feature.
Techcraft 50" Glass TV Stand
with Walnut Front Legs
Cable management is critical on clear glass flat panel TV stands, because without cable management the aesthetics of the TV system will be ruined by unsightly wiring. Always check the cable management is of sufficient size to accommodate all of your wiring.
Be aware that cable management can simply consist of a panel which enables cables to feed through or a circular column where the cables are physically held inside.
The former method will leave cables hanging out of the back of the TV stand, and the latter covers the cables from all angles but the volume of cables which can be managed is limited to the circumference of the cable management column.
Also, remember to consider that the cable management may eat into the usable shelf depth of the glass TV stand.
Before purchasing a TV stand it is crucial to measure all of the usable shelf space of the stand and compare that to the dimensions of the equipment. There is nothing worse than constructing a new piece of furniture only to discover it is completely unsuitable for the exact purpose it has been purchased for.
A stand like the Techcraft wide TV stand (pictured above) can be useful in this respect as you will probably be able to fit two pieces of equipment side-by-side on one shelf due to the extra width of the stand.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Glass TV Stands
- Modern looks
- Superb value for money
- Wide range of sizes, shapes and specifications to choose from
- Optional castors available on many models
- More than adequate ventilation is provided due to open design
- Does not suit more traditional living areas
- Shelves tend to be fixed and not height adjustable
- Cable management can be weak
- Cable management can reduce usable shelf space
- The open design does not protect audio and video equipment
Glass Flat Panel TV Stands Summary
Glass flat panel TV stands are a very popular solution when it comes to finding the right furniture for your room.
They provide good value for money and will fit comfortably into many peoples homes.
However, if you're not yet convinced that a glass TV stand is right for you, then check out the rest of our buying guide and consider the other choices that you have.
This guide was written by Paul Murphy, of Big AV - the UK's leading internet retailer for Glass TV Stands, TV cabinets and TV accessories.
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