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Updated: June 2018
Anyone trying to fit multiple gaming consoles or other electronics under their TV without making a huge mess knows how important it is to get a high-quality gaming TV stand. A simple two-tier TV stand is fine if you’re just rocking a single cable box, but things can get crowded fast. Not only does it look bad when two or more electronic devices are stacked on top of each other, it can be dangerous since the devices tend to throw heat on each other – does the Red Ring of Death ring a bell? So don’t scoff – whether you’re in a dorm or other small space, or looking for something sturdy to rest your massive 65 inch TV, it’s important to look around for the best TV stand. You and your electronics deserve better, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best TV stands and entertainment centers out there that can help alleviate clutter, streamline your living space, and help your gaming HQ look more a little more professional.
Best Big TV Stand – Bell’O WAVS99163
This TV stand isn’t cheap, but if you have all the consoles from this generation and the last, and also some other stuff you need to store, this stand from Bell’O can swallow them all. It sports nine spacious shelves, each with its own cut-out to run cables to the television perched on top. It supports up to 150 pounds and measures 65-inches wide. If you want to keep as many as nine consoles tucked away in an attractive walnut cabinet, and have a big TV, this is a great choice. It also offer a “no-tools” assembly ritual so you don’t need to scramble to find your Allen wrenches, which everyone hates!
Best No-Frills – Techni Mobili TV Stand
Here’s a much more conservative option than the Bell’O stand featured above for gamers on a budget or dealing with a smaller space. It isn’t fancy, but it’s a good deal for the money. It’s made from a composite wood material, so it won’t last as long as some of the other options, but it’s much lighter. The veneer is moisture-resistant, so if you like to live dangerously by placing drinks near sensitive electronics, spills won’t do a ton of damage (to the stand, at least). At just under $100 and about 3-feet wide, it’s perfect for a dorm or apartment. There is room for two consoles with cut-outs for cable management, and there’s also a drawer and cabinet space to fill with games and controllers. It also supports up to 90 pounds, making it sturdy enough for an old CRT, if you’re a retro-gaming purist.
Best Cheap TV Stand – Mount-It! TV Media Stand
There’s nothing wrong with wood when it comes to TV stands. Wood is warm and inviting and reminds us of things like beavers, which love to eat wood. But sometimes you want a cool, sleek look that only metal and glass can afford, and the Mount-It TV media stand delivers, and it’s inexpensive too at just $83. Each shelf is capable of supporting up to 88 pounds, so it would even support the original Xbox. Cable management is slick and the shelves have enough room for multiple consoles.
Best Stand for Small TV Sets – Atlantic Centipede TV Stand
The Atlantic Centipede Game Storage and TV Stand is one of the most efficient stands we’ve seen, and is able to pack a ton of gear in a relatively small amount of space. This is a perfect stand if you have a bunch of peripherals and controllers strewn about, and though the plastic instruments craze has largely faded, if you’re still into it there are two guitar stands that’ll tidy up your living room. The manufacturer recommends TVs up to 37-inches, but it supports up to 80 pounds, so even if your TV is larger than 37″ and you want to feel the rush that only comes from ignoring manufacturer suggestions, you could probably put something bigger on top of it. It comes in your choice of red or black, to match your home decor. Fancy!
Best Dorm Room Option – Atlantic TV and Video Game Storage Stand
If you have 40 games and nowhere to put them, have we got awesome news for you. This gaming TV stand from Atlantic has room to store that many games, as well as 3 consoles, and there are shelves to stow other things like controllers and headsets. The hour-glass design helps it stand out from the boring, rectangular glass TV stands, and it holds televisions up to 100 pounds. It’s not much more than the Centipede featured previously, and you can get it in either aluminum or stainless steel.
Home Styles 3-Piece Entertainment Center
If you aren’t 100% serious about your entertainment centers, you might want to just scroll past this one as it’s too much TV stand for you. This is the Death Star of gaming TV stands, minus the evil and the built-in weakness. There are shelves and drawers everywhere, so it offers plenty of storage for games, controllers, and more. The drawers and shelves are also made of real wood, so you don’t have to worry about them sagging with the passage of time. It’s not cheap, coming in at over $500, and it needs to be assembled, but if you’re looking for a huge TV stand that looks elegant and will last forever, this is a great choice.
Seth Macy is IGN’s Tech and Commerce Editor. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy.