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Glamour Magazine Suggests a Stack of Art Books as a Cheap, Alternative Flat Screen TV Stand

Stack of Books As a TV Stand: Love It or Leave It?

Want a budget TV stand made from materials you probably already have in your house? This month's Glamour suggests that you stack some books on the ground and place your (obviously flat screen) TV on top of it.

While this is definitely an interesting idea, I don't know if I'd have gone for it when I was shopping for a TV stand. While the art books are pretty big and it looks pretty sturdy, I would still have a big fear of the TV tipping, especially if someone walked by it and bumped it somehow.

My stability fears aside — it's kind of cute! Especially if you're a book lover, as I am (although you're obviously not going to be reading those ones for a while).

What do you think? Unwise and not cute, or safe enough and pretty cute?

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LOVErickii LOVErickii 8 years
I wouldn't do this with my television but i do this with my computer screen :) my stack is the design books i buy for me, not for school... i don't think it looks cheap at all, pretty creative actually but then again those design books are expensive & it's not like i'm using yellow pages or what not
pinklady8287 pinklady8287 8 years
I think it would have to be just the right books to make it look cool. Otherwise no.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I would always worry about the books getting knocked and slipping out from under each other and the TV crashing to the floor. For something that expensive, I'd want to put the TV someplace very secure. Maybe for a computer moniter, where the books would be on a desk and less likely to get kicked accidentally. But I can just see someone not looking where they're going and running into the bottom book with their foot and the whole thing tipping over. It looks like it wouldn't take much to send that TV crashing to the floor - especially if you have kids or large enough pets!
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
Scandalous! I would never use my books to hold up my tv set!
hubchicElle hubchicElle 8 years
Leave it. It looks like it's just cheap.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I actually like the idea. I'm sure it's not completely stable but, I think it's a fun and interesting way to hold a TV. I approve!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
i actually saw this in my glamor and loved it! i too dont love tv stands--and in front of that fireplace above not much else would look so nice. it would need to be the right space though, just sitting in the corner of my living room it would look weird--but still love the idea
rosey rosey 8 years
I think it's a cute idea, but it does seem rather temporary. It's like "Hello! I'm classier than milk crates and/or concrete blocks & plywood, but I can't afford furniture even though everything else in my house is from IKEA." I wouldn't do it because I'd probably end up knocking it down.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
Seems ironic? Like reading a book is so outdated.
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
I voted "love it," but the more I think about it the more I'm changing my mind. Being a college student, I'd totally do this now, but I don't think I would if I had a place to my own.
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
Seeing those books all the time like that, I'd want to read them and have to take the whole thing apart!
ibelieveiny0u ibelieveiny0u 8 years
i typically don't like normal tv stands, so i really dig this look.
komler komler 8 years
Looks like a stack of books you didn't have anywhere else to put.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
This look isn't fashion! It's just what you do when you're dirt poor!
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
It's so "I just moved in and I don't have anything else"
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I don't hate it, but it looks kind of like a temporary fix until you get a real stand or something..
KMattes KMattes 8 years
I really like this look for a computer monitor atop a desk, but for a TV, I'm not so sure.
ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 8 years
It's cute but I'm totally clumsy, I just know I'd knock it down.
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