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Most fireplace TV stands are electric for safety and efficiency, and they can be made from different qualities and grades of wood, as well as composite materials. Choosing the best fireplace TV stands starts with determining how large of a unit you need, what extra features you want, and what kind of budget you have for the purchase of the stand. The colors, sizes, shapes, and designs of the stands vary significantly, so it is best to research several models to find a look and functionality you think would work well in your home.
Start by measuring the space in which you intend to place the stand. Do not forget to measure the height limitations as well, if any exist. Once you have determined how much space you have available, you can narrow down your search for fireplace TV stands by eliminating units that will be too large for the space. After narrowing down your search, you can further narrow down the results by figuring out what materials and color you want for your stand. The materials will have an effect on the overall appearance of the unit as well as the stability of any of the fireplace TV stands you are considering; less expensive models may be made from particle board, which is generally a weak material that will break down quickly. It will be the least expensive option, however, so if cost is a concern, you may want to consider it.
Natural woods are stronger and more aesthetically pleasing, but composite materials can also mimic the look and feel of wood at a lower cost. Decide whether aesthetics and strength are a priority over cost to help narrow down the search even more. Once you have determined the materials and aesthetics you are looking for, be sure to take note of the ease of use for each of the fireplace TV stands you are considering. The controls for the fireplace unit should be easy to use and conveniently located, and the flame produced should look authentic.
Consider additional features available on the fireplace TV stands. Many stands feature extra shelving for DVD players and game consoles, and extra storage for DVDs or stereo units. If you have a lot of electronics to store, be sure the fireplace stand has adequate space for your needs. Many stands feature shelving with holes drilled in the backs to allow power cables and other wires to pass through easily.