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 floating mount stands.
This type of stand enables you to 'hang' your TV in a similar way to using a TV wall mount. But, it allows much more flexibility when it comes to perfectly positioning the screen - or even moving it completely.
My 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 I 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 or wood TV stand.
They have brackets that allow you to hang your flat screen TV from a central pole - very similar to attaching the TV to a wall.
The stand may just allow for hanging the TV, or there are models which also include shelving underneath to store all your AV components too.
One of the best TV stand mounts I've seen is the TransDeco TD600ES TV Stand pictured below.
This model has plenty of room to store all your AV equipment.
Ventilation isn't a problem and cable management is easy with plenty of room for maneuver. I think it looks great too.
Although, it might not be right for you if you don't like the look of your equipment on open shelves.
These TV stands have grown in popularity since they were originally conceived in the mid-2000s. However, this type of stand can be more complex to install than a glass or wooden TV stand.
It is absolutely essential that you ensure a mount TV stand can support the weight of your LED, LCD, OLED or plasma TV.
You will also need to make sure your TV has the right type of fittings on the back. It probably has.
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 center of the spine, thereby concealing the cables from all angles.
Another good reason to consider a mount-style stand is the fact that, for models that include the shelves for your equipment underneath, your TV will be fixed above the shelves rather than sitting on the top shelf.
This allows for more room when installing your AV equipment.
With a traditional glass or wooden stand, your TV 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.
A good example is the WE Furniture 58" wood TV stand with mount (pictured below).
This stand leaves the top surface free for placing your Blu-ray player, or even your center speaker if you have a surround sound speaker system.
Below there are open shelves for placing other equipment. The open nature of this unit will mean you shouldn't have a problem with devices overheating - which can be a problem with enclosed cabinets.
This stand also allows for cable management at the back of each shelf. This is something that might not seem important - until you need to install your devices!
Some TV mount stands have an extra small shelf attached to the central pole which is intended to be used for a center speaker. This can be particularly useful as, in some setups, placing a center speaker can sometimes be a problem.
The main advantages of a mount TV stand as opposed to wall mounting a television is a significant increase in flexibility of positioning and repositioning. It will also often have 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 change the position of 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 NB North Bayou universal mobile television stand with mount pictured above.
This makes them an excellent choice for bedrooms, other rooms in the house and even as exhibition stands.
If you already have a TV stand or cabinet, does that mean you can't get this type of mount for your TV?
No, it doesn't.
There are a number of smaller table top universal TV stands that are designed to be placed on your existing stand. A good example is the PERLESMITH Universal Table Top TV Stand pictured below.
You mount your TV using the VESA fittings on the rear, and then stand the whole thing on top of your existing unit.
You get the advantages of this convenient mounting style, and you can adjust the height to fit your viewing distance. This can be a good solution if you don't want to wall mount your TV.
Of course, you don't get the shelving to install your AV equipment - but you've already got that sorted with your current TV cabinet or stand. You also lose the advantage of having the top shelf free for placing a center speaker or Blu-ray player.
Just make sure that you get one that is right for the size of TV that you have. The model in question here is for 37 to 55-inch TVs.
A flat screen TV stand with a 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.
It can be a good solution if you don't want to wall mount your TV, and don't want another large piece of furniture in 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.
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.