A flat screen TV stand with its own mount is a good choice for many people. They can also be known as TV mount stands or cantilever stands.
This type of stand enables you to 'hang' your HDTV in a similar way to using a TV wall mount, but allows much more flexibility when it comes to perfectly positioning the screen - or even moving it completely.
Our buying guide for TV stands covers all the options you have when looking for TV furniture, and gives you an overview of the benefits of each type.
But here we will look at TV mount stands and discuss the pros and cons of this type.
TV stands with an attached mount are a relatively new concept in TV furniture, combining the aesthetics of a wall mounted television with the practicality of a glass TV stand.
They have brackets which allow you to hang your HDTV from a central pole, very similar to attaching the TV to a wall.
The stand may just allow for hanging the HDTV, or there are models which also include shelving underneath to store all your AV components too - such as in the picture below.
These TV stands have grown in popularity since they were originally conceived in 2006. Cantilever brackets are more complex than glass TV stands, and it is absolutely essential that you ensure a cantilever TV stand can support the weight of your LED, LCD, or plasma TV.
The vast majority of flat panel TV's will have a VESA fitting. This refers to the distance between the mounting holes on the back of the TV.
For example, a VESA200 TV will have 200mm between each of the mounting holes and it is critical the mounting bracket on the TV mount stand is capable of supporting this VESA fitting both horizontally and vertically.
This type of TV stand usually features cable management at the rear.
Some stands simply have a back panel with holes in. Although this does allow cables to be run through the back panel, they will hang out of the back of the central column and it may be possible to see wiring from side angles.
A more comprehensive solution is provided by some TV mount stand manufacturers where the wiring is run through the centre of the spine, thereby concealing the cables from all angles.
Another good reason to consider a cantilever style stand is the fact that, for models that include the shelves for your equipment underneath, your HDTV will be fixed above the shelves rather than sitting on the top shelf.
This allows for more room when installing your AV equipment. A good example is the pictured here.
With a traditional glass or wooden stand, your HDTV will often be standing on the top of the unit (unless you have it separately wall mounted). Therefore, this leaves less surface area to place your external hardware.
This type of stand will usually leave the top surface free for placing your Blu-ray player, or even your centre speaker if you have a surround sound speaker system.
Some TV mount stands have an extra small shelf attached to the central pole which is intended to be used for a centre speaker. This can be particularly useful as, in some setups, placing a centre speaker can sometimes be a problem.
The main advantages of a cantilever TV stand as opposed to wall mounting a television is a significant increase in flexibility of positioning and repositioning, and also superior cable management.
When wall mounting a television the location is more or less final. If in three months you decide the TV is too high, low or too far to one side then it is a lot of work to reposition the TV.
Also, those living in rented homes will probably face a grilling from the landlord when the holes in the wall are discovered.
A TV stand with mount design overcomes all of these problems and some stands even include castors so they can be effortlessly moved around - like with the universal mobile television stand with mount pictured above - making them an excellent choice for bedrooms, other rooms in the house and even as exhibition stands.
A flat screen TV stand with mount might be the best choice for your circumstances.
Once you understand the different types of TV stands available to you, you may decide that the flexibility and looks of a TV stand that comes with its own mount is perfect for your room.
However, consider all the different types that are available before you make your choice, or you may end up making the wrong choice for you.
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