TV stands and for that matter audio racks, media storage, speaker stands and almost all components of home theater furniture, are available in wood, steel, and glass. Some are also available in clear or tinted acrylic. When setting up your home theater you need to locate those that are built to last, unless you plan to replace the furniture every couple of years.
For wooden stands, solid wood is the best, though not the only choice, for durable material. Take your pick from hardwoods, softwoods, wood veneer, and engineered woods. Hardwood is premium wood. In hardwood, you have a choice of maple, oak, teak, cherry, mahogany, and ebony. These are generally harder to work, more attractive, and more expensive.
Softwoods include pine, spruce, cedar, redwood, and fir. Although the name might suggest, these are not necessarily softer. All solid wood, whether hardwood or softwood, have a strong decorative appeal in their grain, which looks elegant and can last a lifetime and more. Wood veneer is another popular material for making stands. It looks as good as solid wood, but is much cheaper. It is made up of thin strips of real wood glues to a substrate, which makes it cheaper than solid woods.
Engineered woods are made from mill waste, wood scraps and other materials that would otherwise be discarded as trash. The mill waste and wood scrap is glued and bonded into sheets. These products are environmentally friendly and recycled. They reduce the need for tree cutting and in many ways are better than solid wood because they cost less and do not warp. TV stands made from engineered wood are not as durable as those made from solid wood, but with a little care and upkeep can last for decades.
Metal stands come in aluminum, brass, and stainless steel, which is the predominant material in the market. Unlike the other metals, stainless steel does not rust or tarnish. It takes chrome plating as well as powder coating very well, which means that it is available in a variety of attractive finishes. It can be worked into an overwhelming variety of sleek, creative and innovative designs with ease. A modern stand made of steel goes well with your high-tech audio and video systems, and lasts very long.
Glass is of three types. Regular glass, also known as 'annealed glass', shatters into large shards with razor sharp edges, and is not suitable for furniture. Heat-treated or 'toughened' glass is much stronger than annealed glass. Glass that is treated with chemicals and heat, known as 'tempered glass', is many times stronger than annealed glass. When broken, it forms small cube-like pieces instead of sharp-edged shards, and is there much safer than annealed glass. stands, speaker stands, audio stands etc made of tempered glass can last long but need careful handling. You need to be extra careful while cleaning or moving them.
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