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Should I Get A Glass or Solid Wood TV Stand?

Let’s imagine for a moment that today is a Monday evening in the year 1954. The hands on the face of the clock are almost pointing at 9. Millions of Americans (half the country actually) switch on their solid wood TV cabinets and watch the newest black and white episode of “I Love Lucy.” The media and format may have changed in the 60 some odd years since then, but our appetite and love of all things entertainment has only increased. Today, whether it’s “The Blacklist”, “The Walking Dead”, or another extremely popular show, people continue to gather around the entertainment center.
In the years since the old style TV cabinets, technology has progressed leaps and bounds to the point of Ultra High Definition TV’s, wireless surround sound systems, and entertainment consoles like the next generation Xbox, Playstation, and Wii. With all this new technology, you need somewhere to put it all. Well the old style cabinet TV just won’t work anymore. So choosing the right TV stand for your home is kind of an important decision. Is it the right size, does it offer the functionality I need, should I buy a glass stand or solid wood? Well, while you consider those questions here are a few other things to think about:
What do you want to do?
Are you trying to complement existing furniture or are you starting from scratch with all new furniture? If starting with a blank canvas, you have a few things to think about in regards to style. What are the colors you want in the room? What does it need in order to be functional for you? Do you like a closed base or an open base? Details like the trim, fluting, legs, and configuration are all important because those little details will pull everything together in the end. Or if you’re just adding to what you have now, consider what options are similar to what you have. It doesn’t have to be a complete color or style match; you just might want consistency.
Decisions Decisions…
Handmade solid wood furniture is pretty versatile and strong. Its strength comes from the natural fibers of the particular wood species and the construction methods. Often, you are able achieve a functional modern or rustic look with a simple selection of style, wood, finish, and hardware. A solid wood TV stand or entertainment center can often times be modified overtime. So, when you want a new look in that room, your entertainment piece can be sanded and refinished however you want! The price of solid wood furniture is more than glass, but consider the quality issue. A solid wood stand will last for decades and beyond with regular care. It can be rejuvenated when it’s looking a little worn or old. I mean just look at all the creative people on Pinterest who take an old wood tv cabinet and repurpose it. So in the lifespan of a solid wood stand, how many glass stands do you think you would have to throw away and buy again?
Glass furniture, though simple and modern, will require almost constant cleaning. No matter how meticulous of a housekeeper you are, dust will always find its way onto the surface. Fingerprints will also make their unsightly presence known. If you have kids in the home often, they’re sure to get their hands on everything so smudges will be inevitable. Cleaning all that glass can become a daily chore. But hey, some people find cleaning to be a therapeutic release of tension and find it very calming.
Many love solid wood furniture because it lasts so long and is so easy to maintain. Cleaning regularly (about once a week) with a soft, clean, damp (not saturated) cloth does the job well. Oils from skin will build up on wood over time. So if it’s getting a lot of skin contact, cleaning regularly with Lemon Oil or “Touch of Oranges” will help keep the finish from bubbling and peeling.
No Alternative for American Made
Just one last thing to consider. Where was your stand made? If it’s in a box being pulled off the shelf of some mega chain store, chances are it wasn’t made in America. Not only does outsourcing contribute to the decline of American jobs, often the quality is nowhere near what we want. You just can’t sacrifice quality materials or construction methods and expect to have a product with much longevity. Another bonus to buying American made, is that often you have custom options (meaning you can change the configuration of the piece).
Take Stuart David Home Furnishings for example. With their entertainment program, you pick the size, configuration, solid wood, finish, and hardware. Their factory showroom in Ceres, Ca utilizes local craftsmen and fine materials to hand make your piece when you order it. Tell them what you need to make your living room functional for you, and watch as they suggest a wealth of possibilities that may just give you the inspiration you needed. Stuart David Home Furnishings is proud to service the Central Valley and East Bay areas including: Sacramento, Pleasanton, Livermore, Stockton, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Vacaville, Yuba City, Tracy, Merced, Turlock, Manteca, San Ramon, Lodi, Brentwood, Dublin, Los Banos, Danville, and the rest of the United States.

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