As the average price of a TV continues to fall, more of us are tempted by supersized screens that bring the drama of a good film or football match into our home. The trick to getting a big screen to blend in with your interior is to choose a suitable stand. The most common widths are between 120cm (suitable for 55 inch screens) and 160cm (65 inch screens). Check the weight it can take, considering the stand should also hold all the peripheral gadgets that go with modern TVs: DVD players, consoles and set top boxes, too.

In small spaces, it’s best to go with something visually lightweight like glass or metal. The other tactic is to go for something that looks like a long and slim sideboard and can accommodate books, picture frames and ornaments as well as the screen. A good TV stand has at least basic cable management built in to stop things getting in a tangle, and closed cabinet-style designs should ideally have integrated ventilation, too.

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Techlink Panorama PM160 TV Stand: £299, John Lewis & Partners

This stand is for the gadget lover who has it all. Four shelves can hold a DVD player, console, Blu-ray and set-top box all at once. The two drop-down glass doors are remote-friendly, too. There’s individual cable management from each compartment to stop things getting in a tangle and the unit has air vents for keeping your tech cool. The unit has a light oak veneered top panel, chrome-plated legs, and is made for TVs up to 80 inches.

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Long Island TV Unit: £229, Maisons Du Monde

The industrial look of this well-priced unit by Maisons du Monde is down to a combination of a black metal frame and solid fir wood. The wood is bleached to a light colour which makes the unit less imposing for neutral interiors. The two drawers provide useful storage. If you love clean lines, however, beware the open shelf which leaves trailing TV cables exposed.

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Hannah Wide TV Unit: £139, Very

One for more traditional interiors, the Hannah unit from Very combines a chunky “oak-effect” top with surfaces painted sage green. There are two side cupboards for DVDs and a central shelf for a player. The shelf has a back with a circular hole for cables making them easy to tidy away. At 160cm wide, the unit fits TVs up to 66 inches. There is a matching range of lounge furniture.

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Swoon Editions Watson Media Unit: £299, Swoon Editions

Harking back to the sideboard’s heyday, this mid-century style unit from Swoon Editions has a retro feel. It has a rosewood frame with engineered back panel, and a sliding front panel for storing DVDs and other media behind. This one’s a vibrant orange, but there is a white and natural wood version too. The unit is 140cm wide and delivery is free.

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Ikea Gettorp TV Bench: £85, Ikea

Ikea’s bench has slick looks and is made of tempered glass and black metal. There’s a cable management tray built in under the top for keeping things tidy. It’s a fairly simple design, with two long open shelves that let you arrange your equipment as you like. The bench is compact, and at 120cm wide it suits TVs up to 55 inches. There’s a white and aluminium version too.

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John Lewis Dante TV Stand: £599, John Lewis

The Dante stand is a 160cm-wide luxury TV unit in lacquered MDF and made in Italy. The unit has a matte finish, and the front has a wave embossed effect. There’s one drawer and a long slim compartment with a hinged door that hides and reveals your media equipment easily. There are holes in the back panel for cables and ventilation slots in the base to keep your tech cool.

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Habitat Max TV Stand: £276.50, Habitat

If you hate the sight of modern tech and cables, Habitat’s Max TV stand has a clever design solution. DVD players, set-top boxes – pretty much everything you can point a remote at – can hide away behind slatted sliding doors that allow infrared signals to pass through when closed. Made of oiled oak and veneer, and 160cm wide, this piece has the feel of solid furniture rather than tech accessory. Inside, the stand is split into a large compartment and a smaller drawer for remotes.

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TTAP VISION 1200 Stand: £99.95, Richer Sounds

This fuss-free budget stand has two tempered glass shelves and supports finished with walnut veneer. It’s visually light, and better for small spaces which could look cluttered by more solid furniture. This one suits TVs up to 60 inches wide. The top shelf is strong (it can hold 65kg in weight) and roomy enough for a sound bar too. The bottom shelf has space for a couple of consoles or other components side-by-side. There’s a reinforced hole at the back for gathering cables neatly. Self-assembly is required.

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Oakland Glazed TV Stand: £399, Cotswold & Company

This rustic oak TV stand makes a lovely piece of furniture in itself. It’s been hand-finished with wax and sealed with clear lacquer to give it a quality finish that extends the life of the wood and adds to the robustness of this piece. It’s 160cm-wide (for TVs up to 65 inches) and includes two glazed end cupboards, a drawer for remotes and two open shelves for consoles and boxes. It comes fully-assembled and delivery is free.

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Habitat Gala Tempered Glass TV Stand: £280, Habitat

Habitat’s Gala is a super-contemporary stand made of tough tempered glass that bends elegantly. The 140cm-wide unit has just one long shelf and connections brushed aluminium. It’s a good choice if you like minimal design and don’t want the TV to be the main feature of the room. The striking looks of glass furniture do require extra care: use place mats under hot and cold drinks, and avoid cleaning products that may scratch.

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The Verdict: Best TV stands

Wide enough for TVs up to 80 inches and very reasonably-priced at £299 is Techlink’s Panorama stand from John Lewis. It puts practicality first with lots of compartments, good cable management and ventilation.

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