A Style Guide to TV Cabinets

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A Style Guide to TV Cabinets

TV cabinets are available in a wide range of styles and in different materials, so it's important to think carefully about the style of the room that they will be used in, the other furniture in the room and the practicality of different designs when choosing them. Researching the various options available from different suppliers can make finding a suitable option simpler.

About TV Cabinet Styles

A TV cabinet is a cabinet designed to hold a television and, sometimes, various other pieces of audio-visual equipment or accessories. TV cabinets can be used as alternatives toTV stands or TV wall brackets. They are available in a wide range of styles, including sleek metal and traditional-style wood. Some TV cabinets are designed be the main focus of a room, while others are designed to fit snugly and unobtrusively into a corner. They are also available in a wide range of sizes.

Choosing TV Cabinets

Factors to think about when choosing a TV cabinet include the materials from which the cabinet is made, whether a traditional or contemporary design would be most suitable, and whether a wall unit or corner unit, or an open or closed TV cabinet would be the most appropriate option. Research the different features available in order to make an informed decision about which TV cabinet to buy.

TV Cabinet Materials

TV cabinets can be made from extensive range of materials. The table below gives details of some of the main materials that TV cabinets can be constructed from.


Glass TV cabinets are constructed primarily from glass. The glass can be clear or smoked, which means that it looks black.

Glass and Metal

Glass and metal TV cabinets can be made predominantly from metal with glass shelves, or predominantly from glass with metal legs.

Glass and Wood

Glass and wood TV cabinets can be made predominantly from wood with glass shelves or door panels, or made mainly from metal with wooden legs or design features.


Wood TV cabinets can be made from a wide range of different types of wood, including oak, walnut, pine, ash and beech. Some wooden TV cabinets are made from solid wood while others are made from products like MDF, but have wood veneers, so check product descriptions carefully.

TV Cabinet Styles

When buying a TV cabinet, it is important to consider how the cabinet will look in the room in which it is intended to be placed, and whether or not it will match the style of the room and the other furniture contained within it. The following table contains descriptions of the two main styles of TV cabinet available.


Traditional-style TV cabinets are often made from wood. They may be a suitable option for anyone with traditional or rustic-style decor in their homes.


Contemporary-style TV cabinets are often made from materials such as glass and metal and tend to have a sleek, glossy, minimalist appearance.

TV Cabinet Designs

TV cabinets come in a wide range of designs and it is vital to think about the main design features required before making a decision. There are wall unit and corner unit TV cabinets on the market, as well as open and closed TV cabinets. The most suitable option will depend on the position in which the TV unit is to be placed and the look required.

Wall Unit and Corner Unit TV Cabinets

It is possible to purchase both TV wall units and TV corner units. Think about where in the room the TV cabinet will be positioned, as well what it looks like, in order to choose a cabinet with an appropriate design. The following table provides more information about wall units and corner units.

Wall Units

Wall units are designed to be placed along a wall. They are particularly suitable for use in large rooms and in rooms where the TV cabinet will be a main design feature.

Corner Units

Corner units are shaped to fit into the corner of a room. They are particularly suitable for use in smaller rooms and for people who do not want their TV cabinet to be the main focus of the room.

Open and Closed TV Cabinets

It is possible to buy both open and closed TV cabinets, so decide which would be most appropriate for the home before searching for products. The table that follows provides details of each type of cabinet.

Open TV Cabinets

Open TV cabinets do not have backs on them and may simply consist of shelving. This gives a sleek design look.

Closed TV Cabinets

Closed TV cabinets have a back, and wires and cables can be hidden from view behind the cabinet. Some closed TV cabinets also have doors on the front, so that the television and other contents can be shut away when not in use.

TV Cabinet Features

When choosing a TV cabinet, it is important to decide what features would be most helpful. The table below shows some of the main features available.


Many TV cabinets feature shelves on which the TV and other audio-visual equipment, such as DVD players or video recorders, can be placed.


Some TV cabinets feature drawers in which DVDs, video cassettes, remote controls, and other accessories can be stored.


Some TV cabinets feature doors so that TVs and other accessories stored on them can be obscured from view when not in use.

Other Things to Consider When Buying TV Cabinets

As well as style and design factors, there are a few other things that need to be taken into account when purchasing a TV cabinet, including the way in which any TV cabinet being considered is constructed and the size of TV that it can hold.

TV Cabinet Construction

TV cabinets fall into two main categories, according to the way in which they are constructed and delivered. The table gives details of each of these two types of construction.

Flat Pack

A flat pack TV cabinet will be delivered in separate pieces which need to be fixed together by the customer before the unit can be placed in the desired position in the room.

No Assembly Required

TV cabinets advertised as 'no assembly required' will be delivered as a complete unit, which can simply be placed wherever in the room the customer wishes.

TV Cabinet Sizes

TV cabinets come in many different sizes, so make sure that any cabinet being considered is large enough to accommodate the television that it is intended to hold. There are TV cabinets on the market designed to support everything from compact TVs with 20" screens to 52" widescreen TVs. It is also important to make sure that any cabinet being considered will fit in the position in the room in which it is going to be placed. Measure the space available before shopping and check the dimensions given in the product descriptions of each TV cabinet being looked at carefully to ensure that it the cabinet chosen will fit perfectly when it arrives.

Find TV Cabinets on eBay

It's possible to find and buy new and used TV cabinets in a range of different styles on eBay. Visit the eBay homepage and click on Shop by Category, followed by See all categories. Then scroll down and click on Sound & Vision, followed by TV & Home Audio Accessories. Select TV Stands from the category list on the left-hand side of the page and then check the box marked Cabinet. Either use the categories on the left-hand side of the page to narrow the search further, or simply scroll through the products shown to see what's available. Shoppers who have specific requirements can also use the search box at the top of the page to enter specific keywords, such as 'Used TV corner units' to find suitable options.


There are many different styles of TV cabinet on the market, including traditional and contemporary-style units, TV units made from various materials, wall units and corner units, and open and closed units. By considering the different styles available, researching suppliers and comparing product descriptions, shoppers can easily narrow down their options and find the style of TV cabinet that will best suit their needs and their home.

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