The ideal height for TV viewing is in line with eye level in a seated position (and not above the fireplace). A low-profile sofa, as is in vogue in many modern homes, thus begs for a different viewing setup which takes into account the lounger's lower perspective. Here are 10 media consoles and TV stands designed to keep things ergonomically on the down low...
Many people let their furniture dictate their screen placement; the TV stand or media cabinet is picked from the showroom on style alone, and the TV is mounted or set above without a second thought about the viewing angle. But for an optimal experience, anyone planning out their living room or home theater should consider working the other way around.
Audio-visual experts THX recommend a vertical placement for the screen ensuring viewers don't have to look up more than 15° from eye level. A room with a modern low-style sofa (and a lower than average seat height) might find an ideal screen height centered around 40 inches. Depending on the size of the screen, that leaves a slim 18 to 24 inches below the screen for a media cabinet or TV stand.
Measure your space and see what's comfortable for your household, then use this list as a jumping off point to start your media console shopping. Armed with a measuring tape and a laptop, anyone can find a proper media cabinet for even the most slender space. IKEA, for instance, has a handful of options measuring up at or under 13-inches high.
- Hudson Media Console, 16" ($499, West Elm)
- Rigby Media Console, 14 ½" ($999, Crate & Barrel)
- Brimstone Media Chest, 13" ($855, jcpenney)
- Bristol Media Console, 16 ½" ($999, Crate & Barrel)
- Icarus Media Chest, 15" ($675, jcpenney)
- Bryce TV Stand, 17 ½" ($239.99, Target)
- LACK TV Unit, 13 ¾" ($49.99, IKEA)
- Monroe TV Stand, 16" ($675, jcpenney)
- Peakaboo Clear Media Console, 13 ¾" ($399, CB2)
- TOFTERYD TV Unit, 12 ¼"($119, IKEA)
(Images: THX and as linked above)