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What Size Media Console Should I Buy?

by Ann Louisa

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At a Glance:

How to measure size for media consoles

Best size media console to buy for small modern homes

Best size media console to buy for avid tv and movie watchers

Best size media console for families on a budget

Best size media center to buy for streamers and gamers

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The days of the large entertainment center are gone, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need something to store your television and media. With most media in digital format, smaller media consoles have taken the place of large entertainment cabinets. Media consoles are a household furniture staple, with 75% of American households having a television in the living room.

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With so many media consoles to choose from, most consumers need a place to start. Narrowing your selection by size decreases the number of choices dramatically. There are different ways to determine the best size, including price ranges, type and size of media collection, how you watch, household size, square footage of the living room, and other factors.

Here we have reviewed the best sizes of media consoles for various tv watchers.

How to measure size for media consoles

Before looking at the best size media console to buy for your home, you must first understand what the sizes mean. Figuring out if a media console is big enough for your television can be confusing because the two may not be measured in the same way. Living Spaces gives tv dimensions and recommended or minimum media console sizes to accommodate them.

Television size is calculated by measuring the screen only from corner to corner. The TV size does not include the frame. Meanwhile, media console specs provide an actual width measurement. It is important to measure the width of your television with a frame and give at least an inch of space on either side for the most stability. Some media consoles give recommended tv sizes in the product name, but you should check the specific dimensions and measure them against the width of your tv.

Best size media console to buy for small modern homes

Today’s homes are continuously getting smaller. Media consoles for modern or contemporary homes should have a stylish but minimalist design. There should be shelves available for media devices, peripherals, DVDs, and other entertainment devices and equipment. The media console in a small living room should be no larger than necessary.

Although you want to get a media center that takes up as little space as possible, you also want to make sure that the media console you buy is large enough for your television. The average tv is 65” which can be placed on a 60” media console.

The best media console in our catalog for the small modern home is the Walker’s Furniture Milipitas TV/Media Console. This media console is just 32 inches wide, which is large enough for a smaller television of 35 to 40 inches.

farmhouse media

Although it is small there is plenty of space for media or decor with a rustic look and glass doors. The fully enclosed media console reduces dust, which is important for devices like DVD player. The biggest downside to this media console is that it doesn’t have space for a soundbar. It also doesn’t have precut holes in the back for cords.

Best size media console to buy for avid tv and movie watchers

A large media console with lots of storage is a must for entertainment lovers. Even though 71% of Americans subscribe to at least one streaming service, avid movie buffs are certain to have a large collection of DVD favorites. A media console with shelves and cubbies offer storage for a variety of media and devices.

The best large media console we offer is the Walker’s Furniture Farmhouse 85” Media Console. This console is large enough to house any television you could desire. Center shelves are perfect for cable boxes, DVD players, video game consoles, and other entertainment. Cubbies on either side are perfect for displaying favorite movie memorabilia and collectibles. Meanwhile, the cabinets open up to additional shelves with precut holes at the back that can be used to house additional devices or DVDs.

large farmhouse media

The full cabinet doors are great for families as well, hiding the mess that children make of their favorite movies. The best feature of the Farmhouse media console from Walker’s Furniture in Nevada is that it is suitable for living rooms of any style, not just farmhouse or rustic. It is also a good option for industrial styles and dens featuring deep wood and leather tones. The downside to this media console is that it is heavy and hard to move, as well as requiring some additional care.

Best size media console for families on a budget

Size actually has less to do with price than design and materials, but media centers designed to accommodate the most common tv size of 65 inches are among the most budget friendly. Media centers for young families should offer space for streaming devices, DVD player, cable box, and video game console. While shelving can also be used to store DVDs and games, most of today’s families rely solely on streaming and cable services for viewing entertainment.

Walker’s Furniture knows what families need in a media console, and as such we offer two Lex media consoles in 60” and 74” models. In this case, the measurement in the product description refers to the recommended television size. However, the Lex 60” media console can accommodate up to a 65” television with a small frame.

white media console

The Walker’s Furniture Lex 74” white media console is one of our most popular. It fits well into any modern or contemporary decor, while the scant 17 inch depth means it can accommodate a larger tv without taking up too much floor space in the living room. The biggest benefit of the Lex media console is that it offers some decent open shelf space and costs less than $800. However, the open shelving must be kept neat and tidy, and devices will need frequent dusting.

Best size media center to buy for streamers and gamers

You don’t need a lot of cubbies and shelves when using a smart tv with streaming services. Games can be streamed or downloaded through gaming consoles rather than buying discs. DVDs are unnecessary when you have the entire world of media at your fingertips. If this describes you or your household, you can choose a media center for it’s artistic value and style rather than as a purely functional piece.

tybee fireplace media console

The Walker’s Furniture Tybee Fireplace is a beautiful addition to any living room. It accommodates large televisions and does have a cabinet on either end for storing devices, media, or collectibles. The fireplace acts as an artistic focal point for the room when the television is not in use, such as when having company.

Frequently asked questions about media consoles

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions our experts get about media consoles.

How do I know what dimensions for media console for my living room?

The article from Living Spaces mentioned above is vital for knowing if your tv will fit on the media console you are considering. However, it is important to measure your television and check it against the dimensions of the media center. Look at depth and height as well as width to make sure it fits in the room appropriately.

What other criteria should I use when choosing a media console?

Size is important but not the only factor in choosing a media console. You should also make sure you choose a media console that has ample space and organization for your media collection and entertainment habits. Check for features like precut holes in the back of the media console to accommodate cord organization.

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Walker Furniture helps Las Vegas and Henderson home owners and renters find the best living room, dining, and bedroom furniture selections to complete their home. Complete with mattresses and patio or home office furniture, they invite you to see all that Walker Furniture has to offer for yourself!

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Stop by and of the 3 Las Vegas furniture locations or our Henderson, NV furniture store to see what a difference buying local with an experienced staff can make. Or shop media consoles online! Our friendly experts are always happy to help you find the right size media console — whether you call us at 702-384-9300, use our online chat feature, or visit us in person.