How to Find the Right Size for Your TV Bench in 3 Steps

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While a TV bench is a basic piece of furniture, it can be difficult to find the perfect one. Especially if we’re talking about size, which is the factor people have the most trouble with. TV benches come in all shapes, sizes, and styles, so shopping for one can seem a bit daunting.

However, finding the right size for your TV bench doesn’t have to be difficult. Today, we will provide a complete guide and help you find the perfect addition to your living room, bedroom, home theater, etc. in only 3 steps.

 

Complete Guide to Finding the Right Size for Your TV Bench

 

Step 1: Measure your TV

The first thing you need to do is figure out the size of your TV. If you already know what the width is, you can move on to step 2. If you don’t, you need to figure out the entire width, not just the size of the TV screen.

TV measurements only reflect the size of the screen because they’re measured diagonally. It doesn’t include the frame around the TV, so your 140 cm (55-inch) TV is actually smaller than that.

To obtain the complete width of your TV, you have to measure from one edge to the other. Alternatively, you can find the specifications of your TV online. Take note of that because it’s an essential detail to help you find the perfect TV bench.

Step 2: Determine the right TV bench size

Once you know the size of your TV, you can focus on finding the right TV bench. Whether you’re going with an Ikea TV bench or any other brand, finding the perfect one will depend on the size of your TV.

Your TV bench should not only support your TV, but it should also provide a comfortable viewing experience. We recommend making sure your TV bench is a few inches wider than the TV. Ideally, there should be 7.5 cm (3 inches) of space between the TV and the edge of the TV bench.

Having this bit of extra space will keep the TV centered and help create a more balanced look. If the TV is bigger or smaller than the TV bench, it will look off and make the room lose style. Plus, that bit of extra space allows you to add a few decorations.

 

Here’s an overview of the different TV bench sizes available and how well they can work:

 

  • Small TV bench. This size is perfect if your TV is small, which is usually the case when you have limited space. It’s not uncommon for people to get smaller TVs for spaces like bedrooms or offices, so a compact TV bench may work perfectly for that. The standard size range is 106 cm (42 inches) to 152.4 cm (60 inches). Some of the best styles for small TV benches are consoles, credenzas, and corner consoles.

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  • Medium TV bench. This size is quite standard for living rooms, home theaters, and larger bedrooms. These TV benches usually offer good storage as well, so consider your needs when browsing for options. The standard size range for this kind of TV bench is 162 cm (64 inches) to 177 cm (70 inches). The most popular styles include consoles, credenzas, and fireplace consoles.

 

  • Large TV bench. If you’re serious about watching movies, TV series, or gaming and you want the best possible setup, a large TV bench will be the right option. The standard size ranges from 187.9 cm (74 inches) and 215.9 cm (85 inches), and the most popular styles include cabinets, consoles, and wall units. They often feature built-in shelves, compartments, or drawers, as well as other features.

 

The best way to identify the right TV bench size is to consider the size of your TV. For example, if your TV is 140 cm (55 inches), you should choose a TV bench between 145 cm (57 inches) and 165 cm (65 inches. That will have enough space for the TV unit and leave wiggle room for decorations. If your TV is smaller, say 109 cm (43 inches), a compact TV bench of 101.5 cm (40 inches) will be perfect for it.

 

Size Width Height Area
32″ 27.9″ in
70.9 cm
15.7″ in
39.9 cm
437 in2
0.283 m2
37″ 32.2″ in
81.8 cm
18.1″ in
46 cm
585 in2
0.376 m2
42″ 36.6″ in
93 cm
20.6″ in
52.3 cm
754 in2
0.487 m2
46″ 40.1″ in
101.9 cm
22.5″ in
57.2 cm
904 in2
0.582 m2
50″ 43.6″ in
110.7 cm
24.5″ in
62.2 cm
1068 in2
0.689 m2
55″ 47.9″ in
121.7 cm
27″ in
68.6 cm
1293 in2
0.835 m2
60″ 52.3″ in
132.8 cm
29.4″ in
74.7 cm
1538 in2
0.992 m2
65″ 56.7″ in
136.4 cm
31.9″ in
81 cm
1805 in2
1.105 m2
70″ 61.1″ in
155.2 cm
34.4″ in
87.4 cm
2102 in2
1.356 m2
75″ 65.4″ in
166.1 cm
36.8″ in
93.5 cm
2407 in2
1.553 m2

 

Step 3: Identify the perfect TV bench height

Last but not least, the height of your TV bench is just as important as the width. This is what will guarantee a comfortable and balanced viewing experience. It will also help you prevent neck and back pain, which is very important.

The rule of thumb is that your TV has to be placed at eye level or a little below eye level. To identify the ideal height for your particular TV, you’ll have to sit on the sofa or chair you usually use and measure the distance between the floor and your eye level.

Then, you have to subtract the TV height from that. The result will be the ideal TV bench height within one or two inches. This, combined with the right TV bench placement, will provide the best possible viewing experience.

To calculate the right distance for your TV bench, multiply the size of the screen by 1.5. For example, if your TV is 145 cm (57 inches), the ideal distance for the TV bench would be 217.5 cm (85.6 inches).

 

Find the Perfect TV Bench for Your Home

Once you figure out the ideal size for your TV stand, it’s just a matter of deciding what kind of style you want for this furniture piece. You also have to decide the color and other elements like storage and more. Whether you get a black TV bench or a white TV bench in any style, follow the steps above to find the right size.

If you’re looking for TV bench options outside of the usual Ikea TV bench, we have many different options to offer. Browse our shop and elevate your space with the best TV bench!

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