Would you believe that the average American watches around five hours of TV per day? We’ll be the first to admit that we love TV. Here at Modsy HQ we talk about our favorite shows over lunch and we even design rooms for our favorite TV characters.
And we’re not alone; tons of Modsy customers reach out looking for living room design ideas that include televisions.
But when it comes to designing around TVs in our living rooms, we know finding the right setup isn’t always easy. From finding the best TV viewing layout for your space, to what to do with the wall behind your TV, or even how to design a living room with both a fireplace and a TV, all those design questions can be overwhelming.
But the fact is, you really just can’t enjoy a good TV binge session with a sub-par setup. So we’re taking a moment to tackle one of our biggest TV questions: What is the right size TV stand for your TV size?
And because the answer to this question actually relies heavily on seeing the end result, we’re skipping the numbers, charts, and imagination and serving up a visual TV stand buying guide instead.
Throughout our TV stand buying guide, we’ll be using media stands from West Elm’s mid-century collection for some visual continuity and to easily illustrate what the most common TV sizes will look like on various TV stand sizes! Looking for a new TV stand in your home? Sign up for a free Modsy account and shop our favorite TV stands and media consoles!
TV Stand Size Guide: The Basics
First things first. Before shopping for a TV stand, you’ll need to detrmine what size of television you have. TVs are measured diagonally—so if you don’t know your TV’s size, pull out a measuring tape and measure the distance from the lower left to upper right corner of your TV screen. It’s also worth measuring the full width of your TV. Both of these measurements will help guide which sizes of TV stands to consider.
Wondering what other pieces of furniture to include in your living room? Check out our living room checklist.
Our basic rule of thumb when choosing the right size of media stand is that it should be at least a few inches (if not feet) wider than the base of your TV. This gives your TV plenty of clearance to comfortably sit on top and helps your media set up look more visually balanced.
If you want to place decorative items like vases or books on the sides, be sure to leave extra room and opt for a wider stand to hold your TV. If this isn’t a concern of yours, no need to budget the extra space.
What Size TV Stand is Right for Me?
Ok, now you get to choose your own adventure. Once you know how large your TV is, scroll through the list of sizes below and get the scoop on the best TV stand size for you!
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The Best TV Stand for 65-inch TVs
For a 65-inch television, we recommend a media stand that’s at least 57-inches wide.
Consider going a little larger if you want to add any decor to the surface of the TV stand since the width of your TV here takes up the full surface of this TV stand size. But if you don’t have a ton of extra room to play with in your living room, this size will work just fine!
For a little extra breathing room, and more interior storage, you can try an option that’s at least 80-inches wide. This is also a great way to fill up a bit more space if you have a large, empty wall.
The Best TV Stands for 55-inch TVs
Both medium and large media stands work for a 55-inch TV, so whichever you choose will depend on the amount of floor space you have to work with. But, as you can see, a 55-inch TV fits quite comfortably on this 57-inch media console (though it doesn’t leave space for decor).
Want to personalize your TV viewing space with some decor? A large, 80-inch media unit leaves ample room for a 55-inch TV and to display a few decorative accents!
The Best TV Stand Sizes for 43-inch TVs
A mid-sized media unit is the perfect fit for a 43-inch TV. Measuring 57-inches wide, this pairing feels perfectly balanced and leaves plenty of clearance on either side of the TV for a few small decorative accents, remote stashing, or just for some breathing room.
An even smaller option, a 40-inch media console also works perfectly with a 43-inch TV. This is a great option for smaller homes or apartments where space might be tight!
The Best TV Stand Size for 32-inch TVs
If your television isn’t the focal point of your living room, you might have a smaller screen, like a 32-inch TV. These little media units can fit almost anywhere. You’ll have plenty of space to work with, even considering the small size of the TV stand. And for a television of this size, we wouldn’t suggest going much larger for a media stand, as the set-up will look unbalanced.
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This post was updated February 20, 2021