How TV Cabinets Evolved to Meet Living Room Requirements

The introduction of televisions into South African households in the seventies completely changed the way people socialised in their homes. Before that time, there was no such a thing as a television room, but soon house designs changed to make space for the all-important television.

Television cabinets changed along with television sets. The first televisions in South Africa were rather bulky and thus the need for large, deep television cabinets at the time. The television consoles of old were also rather elegant embedded in wood casings. Naturally, TV cabinets featured the same styles to complement the console designs. The older TV cabinets became family heirlooms and with the introduction of video recorders and television games, the need for more spacious TV cabinets became apparent.

The larger the cabinets the more display spaces offered. Many cabinets came with drawers, cupboards and additional shelves for vinyl displays. “Classic” was the word to describe the large and bulky cabinets. In some instances, the cabinet covered the entire length of the wall and all seats were arranged to face the television stand.

True, the modern TV cabinets do not have the same sturdiness and longevity of the older types, but with television sets also changing considerably, it is understandable. Modern television sets have flat screens and various sizes are offered. This means the cabinets must be more versatile to cater for the range of television screens. Instead of putting everything on display, in the modern era, it is about simplicity and elegance more than packing space.

However, with so many styles and sizes of TV cabinets available, how do you choose the right one for your family room? 

TV Stand and Television Go Together

It is of little use to buy a TV cabinet that cannot accommodate the modern flat screen television. Modern LED screens are narrower and wider. If you still have an older model, then you need a cabinet with a rather sturdy base to support the heavier screen. As a rule of thumb, measure the width and depth of the television to ensure that it can fit on the stand with safety. Also, measure the height to determine whether it will fit. Keep cabling requirements and equipment storage needs in mind when selecting the TV cabinet size. Do you have console games, DVD players or Blue-Ray players that must be connected to the screen? There should be enough space on the side and the back to easily connect the devices. 

Match the TV Cabinet with the Rest of the Furniture

A classically styled cabinet will look out of place if the overall living or family room style is distinctively modern. If you have classic leather couches, you will not want to add an ultra-modern sleek cabinet to the picture. Follow the same principles of balance and unity in the selection of the TV cabinet as with all other furnishings in the living room. If you have a small living room, go with a corner unit, which will help to limit the space needed for the television. 

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