Who doesn’t like watching a sports game, sitting on the patio relaxing? For years, I’ve been trying to figure out a good way to do this. Since our house doesn’t have mounting points on the back, and doesn’t have a roof over the patio, it seemed like putting a TV out there was pretty much impossible.
A couple weeks ago, I finally had a great idea. What if there was a portable stand that could roll from the garage out to the back patio, then get rolled back when we’re done? That solves a bunch of different problems, like:
- having to buy a really expensive outdoor TV
- having to build an enclosure for outside
- having to build a roof over the patio just to shield the TV
Basically, it solves a problem that would cost thousands and thousands of dollars to solve.
Portable TV stand
In order to solve this problem, I bought this portable TV stand from Amazon:
It came in a pretty heavy box. It’s a quality stand, takes about 1/2 hour to assemble (all tools are included). Probably the hardest part is actually putting the TV on it initially, you need to make sure that the wheels are set to not move.
Once the stand is assembled and TV installed, you can roll it out to your patio. I rolled ours out to watch the Husker game. It was pretty awesome to be able to watch it with the fire pit going. I took a picture below:
Now I’m sure you have other questions, like is it stable? Actually, it was surprisingly stable, even in the 15 to 20 mph wind we had that night. The TV I have mounted is a 46″ from about 10 years ago, it’s a lot thicker and heavier than TV’s sold now.
I was streaming Hulu to the TV via a Roku I had bought a while back. The easiest way to do this would probably be with one of those TCL TV’s with a Roku built in. My son has one in his room and it works really well.
How hard is it to roll? It actually rolls really well, but since the wheels are fairly small it does like to catch on sidewalk dividers a little. Nothing too major though. I was able to push it around myself without any problems at all.
The back of the TV is actually height adjustable, which allows you to raise or lower the TV if necessary. I actually didn’t adjust mine particularly well, you can see in my pictures that initially I had it a little crooked, lol.