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Everything You Need To Know About Floating TV Stands

Everything You Need To Know About Floating TV Stands

Television sets have gone through many incarnations since their arrival in people’s living rooms during the 1950s and 1960s.

In post-war Britain, only 15,000 households had a black and white television. They were a luxury item and didn’t become more commonplace until the 1960s. Early televisions were small and compact and everyone in the family would crowd around to watch them. Some televisions were sat on top of a table so would be described as portable.

Later on, in the 20th century, during the 1970s, televisions became larger and pieces of furniture in their own right, with integrated legs. Rather strangely, there developed a fashion of disguising the television in an integrated cupboard, opening it up to view.

Televisions had grown bigger by the 1980s and more dominant in the living room. Almost every household had one and there was a sort of adverse reaction to the fact they had become so dominant and centre stage and almost a desire to hide them away and disguise them.

Fast forward to the 21st century and now the television is back as the focal point of the living room or living area of the home. Forget small and discrete, this is all about a cinematic experience with surround sound and the same visual and auditory impact you would expect from an evening at the actual cinema. So, why have a floating TV stand?

What is a floating TV stand?

A floating TV stand is a functional usually oblong and elongated unit which sits on the wall with hidden fixtures and so gives the appearance that it is floating. A large screen TV usually floats above it.

What are the advantages of a floating TV stand?

A floating TV stand saves space, so it works well in compact rooms where space is at a premium or where you just want to have a larger TV but don’t have the floor area. Maximise floor space and still have the largest TV you like. A floating TV stand gives the illusion of space because it keeps the floor area beneath the stand and television clear.

Incorporating floating shelves beneath the TV itself, all the hardware is concealed and you gain the benefit of classy display units either side of the screen and convenient storage space for all the accessories underneath like remote controls, box sets etc.

The TV looks chic and is a feature of the room.

The whole appearance is contemporary and minimalist which can tone into a more traditionally styled room without dominating it or be that perfect feature centre stage in your home cinema.

If you have small children or pets, then you can appreciate the safety issues surrounding your precious television screen. A floating TV stand can be mounted on the wall well away from trundling toddlers or excitable pooches with your television above it, protecting both your set and your family.

A floating TV stand and floating TV allow you to have a large television which is easy to see from all corners of the room because it is wall mounted – it is hard to achieve this same level of accessibility if you try and put the TV lower down on a stand on the floor.

What are the different styles and designs of floating TV stands?

There is a variety of TV stands on offer in terms of sizing and designs to work with all kinds of interiors. Here are some of the key style options on offer.

Choose a minimalist and soothing aesthetic with simple, sleek lines in light oak brown or white and grey gloss which suits a pale and elegant setting.

For fans of the urban vibe, a concrete grey stand will complement an industrial interior. Faux concrete is textured and super light and can float where a real concrete piece would be just too heavy.

Floating TV stands are all about functionality regardless of design. Surprisingly spacious with excellent storage, most floating TV stands offer a mixture of simple storage and shelving within the unit.

Go slightly larger and choose a stand which offers the dual function of storage and display shelving around it, the best blend of practicality and decoration.

Many floating TV stands incorporate LED lighting to offer a soft and subtle effect, perfect if you have chosen a multi-storage and display unit.

Some floating TV stands will support the weight of the TV actually on the unit or you can choose to suspend the TV above it on the wall.

If you want the floating effect and extra storage but don’t want to damage the wall then you can just place the TV stand on the floor so it is freestanding.

Most floating TV stands offer hidden cable management features to keep everything looking clean and tidy with no unsightly wires.

To make the most of the storage space, choose a floating TV stand which also has open ended storage for DVDs or books.

Opt for a mix of open shelves and hidden storage within one unit – these designs are often available in two tone materials like matte maple wood with glossy beige drawers. Closed units provide a sleek and uncluttered effect.

If you have a traditional or period room then choose a floating TV stand in a weathered oak or pine to complement interior beams and features.

Floating TV stands with concealed areas offer a range of options including sliding doors, fold down doors or a traditional side hinged door depending on the design.

Floating TV stands vary in depth – there are some slimline versions available for small spaces and the benefit of this is that there is enough room underneath them to tidy away other things like attractive storage baskets or stools.

Choose a completely closed unit in sleek, shiny white with a high gloss finish to keep all your clutter hidden and make a real statement in your living area.

Most floating TV stands have a crisp, angular design but there are other styles available including a futuristic rounded floating stand in black and white with rounded curves and with a real Star Wars vibe.

How to mount a floating TV stand to the wall

Depending on where you buy the floating TV stand from, some companies will install the stand when it is delivered to your home. Other manufacturers will provide the brackets and fixings as well as a step-by-step guide to installation. Here are some crucial tips to fixing your floating TV stand in the best location and with the minimum of fuss and mess.

If you are also installing a wall-mounted TV then you should work out where you want to position this first, before the floating TV stand.

Working out the right height for the television can be complicated and depends on where the chairs are positioned in the room and who is going to be sitting on them and also how far away they are from the screen – there is lots of online guidance about the best way to do this.

Measure your floating TV stand and then make small pencil marks on the wall to indicate the top and bottom lines of the unit in your desired location.

Then measure the distances from the bottom of the TV stand to the bracket and the top of the TV stand to the bracket on the back of the unit. This should help you mark the accurate point on the wall where the brackets should be fixed.

Mark the wall with a pencil based on your measurements to indicate the top and bottom of the bracket. You will need to repeat this as the unit will have two brackets. When the marks are on the wall, check they are truly straight by using a spirit level before you start drilling holes.

Mark the drill holes with a pencil and then drill out the holes and fit rawl plugs inside. A rawl plug is a plastic lining or sheath that will help hold the screw securely in the wall.

Attach the brackets using the screws and then lift the floating TV stand into place, you might need someone to help you do this and hold the stand whilst you secure it to the brackets.

Attaching the brackets to the wall of an older or period property can be more problematical as often the surface is not flat, the floor and/or ceiling line is not truly straight and the wall itself can be too soft to support the weight. In these cases, professional installation may be required, or you could just opt to place the floating TV stand on the floor.

Why are floating TV stands so popular?

Floating TV stands are really on trend because they not only look good but also serve a useful and practical purpose in keeping hold of all those accessories and gadgets. They can be decorative and incorporate shelving and lighting just for display purposes and they make a great job of hiding ugly cables. Because they are available in so many different designs and materials, there is something to suit every home interior.

Conclusion

A floating TV stand is the perfect choice for your home whether you are looking for a piece that is purely functional to tidy away clutter or an item that can display decorative pieces and even if you are looking for a mixture of the two. A floating TV stand works for any interior large or small and with a range of styles and designs, there really is something for everyone.