TV units through the decades

Published: 04th June 2009
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The birth of television in the early 1950s created a need for an entirely new piece of furniture-the TV unit. Following the adage "a place for everything and everything in its place", the early televisions units came with its own cabinet. Usually made of wood, balancing on four legs, and sliding doors to cover the screen, the 1950's TV cabinet is the epitome of mid-century modern design.

The 1960s ushered in a new love for anything and everything British. Together with the Beatles came the popularity of mod designs in everything from fashion to furniture, and yes including the TV cabinets. During this time, some televisions sets came in casings of smooth, molded plastic, doing away with the sharp corners that were popular during the previous decade. Inspired by concept of space age living, designers came up with pod-shaped TV unit cabinets to house the TVs of the future. This design aesthetic was carried over well into the 1970s, with circular TV cabinets being produced in louder, more "psychedelic" colors.

The 1980s is often described as the "big and bold" era. Everything, from hair to shoulder pads, was big then. Television too became bigger, with home theater systems becoming popular in the cash rich environment of the time. Furniture design also reflected the excesses of the decade. To accommodate the bigger TVs, bigger TV units had to become available to the market. TV units then were made from chrome, mirrored glass, Lucite, or lacquer in bold primary colors.

From the 1990s to the present, TV unit designs have become more contemporary. Homeowners now are becoming more creative when it comes to looking for a place to put their LCD or plasma TVs. Some use antique armoires or china cabinets to house their TVs, to make the TV blend with the rest of the room's decor, while others use buffet tables. Others even forego the use of a TV unit, using brackets and braces to hang their television sets in walls.

TV units in the market today come in various materials, including wood or wood laminates, aluminum, plastic or even glass, and in thousands of designs - from the minimalist to the baroque. No matter what your design preferences are, there is a TV unit for you and your TV.

Mel writes about TV units , coffee table and other related topics.

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