The corner TV cabinet or stand is one of the different types of TV furniture you will come across.
They are part of a wide range of different furniture styles that you will have to choose between when you are looking for a way to store your home cinema equipment and flat screen TV.
I have discussed the other options as part of my introduction to TV stands.
In this part, I look in more detail at corner TV stands.
The main advantage of a corner stand or cabinet is that it will push right back into the corner of your room and can save you a considerable amount of space.
Depending on the layout of your room, you may have a choice between locating your equipment along a wall or possibly using a corner of your room.
The corners can be a useful place to locate your hardware, as it utilizes an area of your room that is often wasted - and placing your equipment along a wall can often encroach too far into your living space.
In previous years, corner television stands tended to be made from glass, and in many ways, they are similar to a standard glass TV stand.
However, more recently, it is more common to find a wooden corner TV stand. The Sauder Harbor View Corner TV Stand pictured below is a good example. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to place your equipment, but the rear corners are cut to allow easier placement in a corner.
Note that the rear of this unit doesn't go into a sharp point. There are two main types of corner stand to consider. Some are slightly tapered, like the one in the example here.
The other type will have a sharper point allowing you to push it right into the corner. An example of this is the Winsome Wood Zena Corner TV Stand, pictured below.
With this type of stand, it is important to carefully consider if your existing AV components will fit.
The shape of these stands mean that they are narrower at the back than the front, and so it is critical to consider the depth of AV components to ensure they fit inside. You are also unlikely to fit two pieces of equipment side-by-side due to the narrow design.
Always consider future purchases and try to buy a television stand which offers additional space if you think you may add more audio or video equipment to your TV system in the future.
Some corner TV stands are angular, while others are rounded. Rounded corner TV stands are much safer in households with pets or children as the sharp edges of more angular designs could be potentially dangerous.
Corner stands are available in numerous styles and can be made from a number of different materials.
As mentioned above, glass corner TV stands are quite common, although there are a few wooden corner stands on the market in addition to a few enclosed corner TV cabinets.
Glass TV stands are usually available with optional casters, and so make a good choice if you will need to move the TV around the room.
Be careful with the enclosed corner TV cabinet and make sure AV components will receive adequate ventilation. A removable back panel will be a major advantage in this situation - and the addition of a proper ventilation system is even more advantageous.
For example, some cabinets feature a vented base which pulls cool air from underneath the cabinet and expels warmer air out of the cable ports in the rear panels.
However, an advantage of the enclosed cabinet like the WE Furniture Espresso corner TV stand pictured below is the doors can be closed and give the room a cleaner, tidier look.
If you have many AV components and think that most corner TV stands do not offer adequate storage space, you could always consider a standard TV stand that has tapered corners. Much like the ones highlighted on this page.
Although these will require more space than a corner TV stand, they will still save some space whilst offering far more storage.
If you decide to purchase a corner TV stand with a mount, you should bear in mind the stand will not fit as deep into the corner as a model without a mount. This is because brackets usually attach to the rear of the stand and you will be restricted by the width of the TV.
You have many different choices when thinking about how you are going to install your AV equipment, and in some circumstances, a corner TV cabinet or stand can be a useful solution.
In some rooms, a corner television stand can help in making your home cinema installation less conspicuous.
A unit of this type may be the perfect match for your room if you wish to install your equipment in a corner, and it helps to keep your TV stand from intruding too far into the room space.
Paul started the Home Cinema Guide to help less-experienced users get the most out of today's audio-visual technology. He has worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years. At home, he has spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.