How To Prop Up A TV Without A Stand (Quickly & Easily!)

Propping up a TV stand is a way to make it easier to see as well as maximize the space in the room. You can easily prop up a TV without a stand using a DIY base made out of metal or PVC. Whether you make your stand out of wood, metal, and PVC or you thrift one, let’s take a look at how you can prop up a TV without a stand.

How To Prop Up A TV Without A Stand

Televisions are a must-have in just about every household across the country. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given that they are both relatively cheap and allow us to watch our favorite shows like never before.

But what happens when the stand that comes with your TV is either broken or missing? How are you supposed to watch television? The easiest solutions are to buy a cheap base, make one yourself, or mount the television. Each has its own benefits and can have you watching TV comfortably in no time.

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Check Thrift Stores

Just because you bought your TV at a big box store doesn’t mean that you have to get the stand at the same place. Sure, it is always ideal to get the exact stand that matches your TV, but that’s not always how it works out.

If you can’t find one at a local big box store and don’t have the patience to wait for one to get delivered, check your local thrift stores or hardware stores. If you’re lucky, you can find an exact match or at least one that comes close enough.

Keep in mind that this is something of a gamble. Unless you can find the stand that is made exactly for your model of tv, you run the risk of it not fitting properly. Even if you do manage to get the stand on, there is the potential that it could come loose and the tv could fall.

DIY Base

If you consider yourself to be handy or creative, then this is the right solution for you. The great thing is that there are tutorials all over the internet for how to create a tv stand from scratch. Even better, you can choose any materials that may be lying around your house like wood, metal, or PVC.

What is appealing about this solution is that it can be much more cost-effective compared to buying a base. It even gives you the freedom to build the base exactly as you envisioned. It may take a little more time and effort but having a custom TV stand can be one of those things that starts conversations whenever guests visit.

Go with a Mount

Who says that you even need a base at all? Perhaps the best option when dealing with no stand is to mount your TV. It creates more space on TV stands and entertainment centers. If you want to get really detailed about it, you can even run all of your cables back through the wall for the ultimate clean look.

Wall mounts allow for that chic floating look that so many enjoy. Even better, you can put the TV where you want it to be. You are not limited by the stand any longer. The question then becomes what kind of mount to get as there are a variety out there.

TV Mount Types

Of course, not all TV mounts are created equally. There are three main types of TV mounts out there: fixed, tilting, and full-motion. Each has its own set of benefits and picking one over the other can give your TV a certain aesthetic and range of motion that fits your living space.

Fixed-position. This mount puts your TV flat up against the wall. Just as the name says, they are locked into place and aren’t able to be adjusted after mounting. Fixed-position mounts are clean and simple, but they do have their downsides. For one, finding the right height and distance for mounting. Moreover, it is permanent, so you have to be sure of the spot, otherwise you’ll be mounting the brackets again.

Tilting. This type of TV mount gives you a little more flexibility than the fixed-position mounts and can amplify the overall entertainment experience. They are mounted flat to start but give you the ability to tilt the TV up or down, typically up to 15 degrees. This way, if a certain angle produces a lackluster angle, you can tilt it. The caveat is that it depends on how high you mount it. Still, it offers flexibility versus fixed-position.

Full-motion. If you are making the switch to a mount, consider going for the best option out there. A full-motion mount allows you to rotate your TV to fit that specific situation. Sit anywhere you want and get the angle that you want without compromise. They are a little more expensive, but the freedom and quality of angles can’t be beaten.

DIY TV Stands and Shelves

Depending on how much time and creativity you want to implement, there are other solutions, too. You can save money on mounting and even on entertainment centers or TV stands to boot. There are ways to create your own TV stand with mounting features built-in for the ultimate creative, DIY experience.

Cable Drum

All you need is a wooden drum, and you can create a unique, cool space to house your television and any accessories that would normally go in a TV stand or entertainment center. More importantly, this is the kind of unique look that will have friends and family talking about it whenever they come over.

  1. Wooden drum. Start by getting a big wooden drum and sawing it in half. The size is up to you, but the bigger the drum, the more space you will have for larger televisions and more accessories.
  2. Board up. Take one half of your drum and board it up using wooden boards of your choice. Ideally, go with a wood that aesthetically matches the drum. Worst case, you can stain all of it to give it a more uniform, “finished” look.
  3. Glue. Secure the boards to the half-drum using a strong adhesive. Something polyurethane should do the trick but if you don’t want to chance it, go with an industrial adhesive. Just be careful when using it for obvious reasons.
  4. Mount. With the boards secured and the glue dry, you can place the TV on the boards. The “how” of mounting is up to you, just make sure that it is secure. The last thing you want is to put in all this work only for the TV to fall.

You should be left with a flat backing and a beautiful, rounded front portion that is great for holding accessories. All from a wooden drum!

Corner Shelving

Perhaps you are working with a smaller area where space is at a premium. Implementing corner shelving can be a great way to keep your TV off the ground and out of the way. And all it takes is a couple of boards or shelves that will create a “floating” look.

All you need is a couple of hardwood planks, TV hanger wall mount, hammer, nails, and screws. The result is a mostly hidden shelf that makes your TV accessible without being in the way. And it saves a ton of space.

  1. Place the boards. You can cover the planks in whatever kind of stain that you want for the best aesthetic. Simply mount them in a rectangular position so that you can slightly adjust it in the corner of your choice.
  2. Wall mount. With the planks in place, you can then install the wall mount TV hanger on top. Make sure that you add a little distance in order to provide extra support for your TV. Support is everything and even the coolest of DIY setups are worthless if the TV falls and breaks.

This is much quicker than just about any of the other DIY options out there. Moreover, it is cheap and will save you space if space is at a premium.

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Patterned Pallet

DIY types can make something beautiful out of almost anything. That includes something as simplistic as a wooden pallet. With a little bit of stain and creativity, you can create a patterned pallet that looks like it was purchased from a high-end store.

  1. Measure. Start by measuring your TV and finding a pallet board that will fit it appropriately.
  2. Cut out the center for the mount. Cut the center of the pallet to give yourself space to install the TV. Buy a TV mount to offer additional support for the pallet.
  3. Paint and screw. Paint the pallet however you want it to look; creativity is key! All that is left is to nail and screw it into place around the mount. That’s all there is to it!

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Ryan Womeldorf

Ryan Womeldorf has more than a decade of experience writing. He loves to blog about construction, plumbing, and other home topics. Ryan also loves hockey and a lifelong Buffalo sports fan.

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