How to Choose the Right TV Stand Size

The switch to flat-screen televisions means you can get devices that are much larger – but often still lighter – than their CRT predecessors. In most cases, this weight reduction means the TV often doesn’t need to be equipped with a bulky built-in stand. You have more options to choose a table or stand to put your TV on by visiting Having the right-sized stand can make viewing comfortable and keep your TV steady.

You will find the width of most TVs in the specifications posted on the manufacturer’s website, or in the user manual, which can be downloaded from that site. If this information is not available, you can get a good approximation by working from the listed screen sizes, which refer to the diagonal measurement of the screen. Assuming you purchased a standard widescreen television, which has a screen ratio of 16:9, multiplies the diagonal screen size by 0.87 to get the screen width.

In theory, your stand only needs to be the width of the base that came with the television, the size of which can be obtained from the listed specifications or the user manual. It is best if the stand is at least the width of the television, which is a few inches larger than the width of the screen. This will give you the assurance that you won’t be able to drop the screen from the stand. Ideally, the stand should be a few inches wider than the television, as this will make it easier to reach the back of the television to adjust the cable.

For maximum comfort, the center of your screen should be at or slightly below eye level from your viewing position. Calculate this height with a tape measure from your usual sitting position. Then take the height from your ideal viewing position and subtract half the height of your TV screen to get the center of the screen, then reduce it by the height of the base that fits under the TV; this will give you the ideal height for your TV stand. You may not find the perfect sized stand, but try to find one in a common area.