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10 of the best retro television units and stands

10 of the best retro television units and stands
10 of the best retro television units and stands

Looking for somewhere cool for your TV? Have a look at my 10 of the best retro television units and stands, all doing the job with style.

To be honest, I could have gone to 20 and I might well do that in the near future. Once upon a time, your TV tended to sit on some non-descript little table in the corner of the room, function over style.

But times have changed and makes big and small are looking to add the style back in. Particularly when it comes to midcentury modern design. Ok, you can stick your TV on the wall these days, but why would you when there are all these cool options out there, many offering added storage for your audio/visual essentials too.

As I said, I’ll bump the number over time, but here is your starter for 10…

 

1. Mid-Century Media Console at West Elm
1. Mid-Century Media Console at West Elm

1. Mid-Century Media Console at West Elm

Let’s start with a big one. Both in terms of size and price.

West Elm does smaller versions, but this Media Console is my favourite. Unashamedly midcentury modern in inspiration, it has a lovely wood construction, bronze-finished hardware, tapered legs and adjustable storage inside, courtesy of the cupboards and drawers. Plenty of room for your TV too.

£1,799 isn’t cheap, but this is a statement piece.

Find out more at the West Elm website

 

2. Wingrove retro media and shelving unit at Made
2. Wingrove retro media and shelving unit at Made

2. Wingrove retro media and shelving unit at Made

Looking for something more than just a place for the TV? This one offers storage aplenty too – and for less than half the price of the one above.

More midcentury modern styling, a lighter wood and room for your TV, accessories and cables. But this one also has the upper storage too, which is ideal for books and decorative items and making full use of the wall space. Nice.

£799 for this one. Possibly cheaper as Made runs a lot of deals. See the website for any new ones.

Find out more at the Made website

 

3. Grayson midcentury modern TV stand sideboard at John Lewis
3. Grayson midcentury modern TV stand sideboard at John Lewis

3. Grayson midcentury modern TV stand sideboard at John Lewis

Don’t get too hung up on the colour as this is available in both a light and dark wood finish.

Part of a larger Grayson range, this is good to hold a TV up to a 60-inch model, with plenty of space behind its sliding doors (it looks particularly impressive shut) for your media devices and consoles. It also has two adjustable glass shelves and cables holes to keep things nice and tidy.

If you like midcentury modern with a Scandinavian vibe, this is yours for £450.

Find out more at the John Lewis website

 

4. Ruark R7 audiovisual mount
4. Ruark R7 audiovisual mount

4. Ruark R7 audiovisual mount

This is something of a curveball. It’s a media unit. In fact, possibly more of a media unit than any of the others.

At its heart is one of my favourite retro designs, the Ruark Audio R7 MKIII radiogram. It’s the perfect marriage of style and substance, offering great sound and a cool retro look. But it offers something extra.

You can buy a mount for it that takes anything up to a 50-inch TV, as well as throwing in a shelf for a set-top box. The unit costs £299, but you’ll have to spend around £2,300 on the R7 first.

Find out more at the John Lewis website

 

5. Carnany retro TV unit at Wayfair
5. Carnany retro TV unit at Wayfair

5. Carnany retro TV unit at Wayfair

Something more affordable? Have a look at this one at Wayfair.

Of course, you make compromises. It takes a TV up to 39-inch rather than the huge TVs and it doesn’t have as much storage as some of the others out there. But if space and budget are tight, this one should do the job and still has drawer and shelf storage below.

That price? Just £159.99.

Find out more at the Wayfair website

 

6. Portobello retro solid oak vintage TV unit
6. Portobello retro solid oak vintage TV unit

6. Portobello retro solid oak vintage TV unit

You don’t have to have a vintage TV for this one. But there’d no denying it looks great with one.

But it takes much bigger TVs if you want to go modern. Love the shape, the golden oak finish, the tapered legs and the storage options below. Even better, this is part of a huge Portobello midcentury modern range https://www.retrotogo.com/2020/04/portobello-midcentury-modern-furniture.html, so it’s really easy to match up.

But as a first step, this TV unit is available for £432.

Find out more at the Maisons Du Monde website

 

7. Handmade midcentury modern TV stand by Moutinho Store
7. Handmade midcentury modern TV stand by Moutinho Store

7. Handmade midcentury modern TV stand by Moutinho Store

Plenty of options from small makers on Etsy, but I am drawn to this one. Purely because of the versatility.

Yes, it’s a TV stand, but it could also be a coffee table or side table. But it will take a TV and that simple/stylish design also leaves room for your media accessories below too. Less is more with this one.

For a handmade item, well priced at £242.72 as well. Note that you can choose your wood finish as well. Also, do check out the company’s other designs too.

Find out more at the Moutinho Store Etsy website

 

8. Fjord retro two-door TV unit at Maisons Du Monde
8. Fjord retro two-door TV unit at Maisons Du Monde

8. Fjord retro two-door TV unit at Maisons Du Monde

There are a couple of finishes available for this one, which should take a bigger TV than the one shown in the pictures.

Part of a larger Scandi-inspired Fjord range, this is a modest-sized retro unit that does its job whilst looking good. The latter thanks mainly to the splashes of colour on the doors.

Space for your TV, added space for accessories and cupboard space too. It offers a lot within its most footprint. £270 for this.

Find out more at the Maisons Du Monde website

 

9. Quilda retro TV storage unit with sliding doors
9. Quilda retro TV storage unit with sliding doors

9. Quilda retro TV storage unit with sliding doors

Another that’s part of a larger range. But it works as a standalone unit too – and it’s in the sale right now.

The Quilda range is one of my favourites and you can find out about it here. Basically, great for kitting a house out in a mid-20th century style.

Or just have a look at this, which has tapered legs, storage for a TV, storage behind those sliding doors and holes for your cables. As I said, in the sale and now just £262.50.

Find out more at the La Redoute website

 

10. Midcentury modern teak TV unit at Tikamoon
10. Midcentury modern teak TV unit at Tikamoon

10. Midcentury modern teak TV unit at Tikamoon

Frustratingly, this isn’t pictured with a TV on top. But that is its purpose.

Of course, it could double up as a sideboard and if you are in the market for one with a 1950s Scandinavian vibe, this is the sideboard for you.

But it is a TV unit with a strong look, thanks to the clean lines and skinny legs. Also present are three drawers for magazines, remote controllers and other small objects plus a large cupboard space enclosed by two sliding doors to accommodate routers, consoles and DVD players for example. TV on top of course.

£649 is the price of this one.

Find out more at the Tikamoon website

 

Or if none of the 10 of the best retro television units and stands works for you,  just get the legs…

Handmade midcentury modern TV legs by JALG
Handmade midcentury modern TV legs by JALG

Handmade midcentury modern TV legs by JALG

This is a great solution if you want minimalism. Legs for your existing TV in a midcentury modern style.

Available for different sizes of TV as well as in different colours for the legs, they offer stylish tapered support using the VESA mounting holes in your existing TV. The end result is very cool, especially if you don’t have lots of boxes connected up.

£284.60 for the one pictured, but some come in a little cheaper.

Find out more at the JALG Etsy website

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