AV Carts

AV carts are designed to support audiovisual equipment including, but not limited to, a television or computer monitor, CD and/or DVD player, DVDs or other multimedia, or CPU and software, with customized CPU holders on select carts. The shelves of most AV carts have raised edges to prevent slipping and many feature a non-slip mat on the top platform or shelf for stability.


Adjustable-Height Cart: AV carts with adjustable height provide the option to move one or more shelves vertically within the frame for customized shelf clearance, in the case of a middle shelf, or for a customized height when the top shelf is adjustable.

Adjustable Height TV Stand: TV stands that offer adjustable settings may have adjustable height, allowing the TV to be raised or lowered for better viewing.

Adjustable Laptop Cart: Adjustable laptop carts generally have adjustable-height top shelves, usually with a pullout keyboard or laptop shelf that provides room to stow the laptop or keyboard underneath the top shelf.

AV Presentation Station Cart
AV Presentation Station Cart

Adjustable Steel Cart: Adjustable steel carts feature pre-drilled holes in the leg-supports that allow the middle shelf to be positioned securely at a desired height.

AV Presentation Station Cart: AV presentation stations include audiovisual support ranging from customized shelving to support audiovisual equipment to integrated speaker and sound system with microphone support.

Double-Door Cabinet: A double-door cabinet in an AV cart will support the base of the frame and provide two hinged doors that secure the stored contents.

Flat Panel Stand: Flat panel stands offer stable mounting for flat screen TVs or monitors, with a sturdy base usually set on casters for mobility.

Flat Panel TV Cart: A flat panel TV cart is designed to support flat-screen TVs or computer monitors up to a specified size. The sizes are given in measurements of inches, indicating the diagonal measurement across the monitor or TV screen from one lower corner of the screen to the opposite upper corner. Exceeding the size specifications can increase risk of accident or damage to the TV or cart.

Freestanding Cart: Freestanding AV carts usually support a full TV set or computer monitor with mount system to ensure safe support of the screen and the frame can be positioned anywhere within reach of a power outlet, with or without use of an extension cord. The base is usually wide to prevent tipping once the TV is mounted, and the frame can include additional support elements.

Flat Panel TV Cart
Flat Panel TV Cart

Heavy-Duty Plastic Cart: Heavy-duty plastic carts are formed with molded plastic for custom shapes and sizes, with lasting colors, and rugged designs. The plastic generally resists damage from impact, scratches, stains, and use.

Large Wheel Cart: A large wheel cart usually has two larger wheels on one end and two standard or smaller casters on the opposite end. The design provides enhanced steering for safe transport and maneuverability.

LCD Mount Cart: AV carts with LCD mount offer a mounting support system to securely hold a flat screen LCD TV or monitor. The cart details will specify the maximum monitor size that can safely be mounted to the cart.

Mobile TV Stand: A mobile TV stand holds a television set, with a specified size limit for every style to ensure proper use of the stand. The stand is placed on casters for mobility, usually with two locking casters to enable fixed placement.

Open-Shelf Cart: Open-shelf carts have four open sides with a durable frame supporting two or more shelves. The open style allows access from all sides of the cart but provides little security.

Overhead Projector Cart: Overhead projector carts are custom designed to support overhead projectors, with a spacious open top shelf or a customized split top shelf with side platform work surfaces. The split shelf design allows the overhead projector to rest on the second shelf with the side work surface(s) extending next to the overhead projector base.

Overhead Projector Cart
Overhead Projector Cart

Plastic and Steel Cart: Audiovisual carts with plastic and steel construction include the plastic carts with steel base cabinet for enhanced security. The cabinet has a single hinged door or hinged double-doors made of steel with lock and the cabinet side panels are also steel on most designs.

Plastic AV Cart: Plastic AV carts almost always have molded design, with the molten plastic compound forced into a mold to form the shelves, integrated handle, legs or posts, and other elements of the plastic carts. The plastic is rugged and durable, with damage-resistant styles and a choice of colors depending on the design.

Plastic Overhead Cart: Overhead projector carts are often constructed of plastic, usually with molded plastic for strong components and reliable design. These carts have plastic leg posts that support the base shelf and top shelf in a two-shelf cart, and other shelves in three-shelf or larger plastic overhead projector carts.

Presentation Cabinet: A presentation cabinet is designed to support standard presentation essentials such as a projector, laptop, or computer system. The audiovisual equipment is stored within the cabinet.

Projector Cart: Projector carts come in two primary styles to support a standard overhead projector or contemporary LED, LCD or DLP projector equipment.

Single-Door Cabinet: A cabinet with sliding doors will usually have two doors positioned in a slight overlap within treads that allow them to slide left or right, for one-sided access.

Stand-Up Projector Cart: Projector carts designed for standing access have taller frames and spacious designs to support standing lecturers, presenters, and professionals.

Steel Cart: Steel AV carts are comprised of steel, with frame and shelves finished in paint.

Welded Steel Cart: A welded steel cart is shipped fully assembled, with shelves and frame welded for permanent hold.

Wide Body Cart: Wide-body carts imply the base and/or body of the overall frame are slightly wider than the top shelf, providing enhanced stability and maneuverability.

Wide-Top AV Cart: Wide-top AV carts accommodate larger sized flat-screen TV sets, which typically offer a wider style layout to display wide-screen format films without letterboxing.


Matching Edge: Matching edges are often accomplished with melamine or laminate finish in the same color or style as the surface finish selection.

Retainer Edges, Raised Lip-Edges: Many AV cart shelves feature a slightly raised edge surrounding the flat shelf, creating a lip-edge design that reduces the risk of items sliding off the shelves.

Cart with Retainer Edges and Raised Lip-Edges
Retainer Edges, Raised Lip-Edges

Vinyl Edge: Vinyl edging adds durable impact-resistant support to finished AV carts and other furniture and storage elements. The vinyl edge conceals the seam where the laminate or melamine finish is bonded to the work surface core panels.

Cart Components

Adjustable Shelf with Mounting Standards: A shelf with mounting standard indicates the interior compartment, cabinet, or cubbyhole space contains attached or installed metal mounting standards, which have pre-set spaces for the shelf and offer increased support and strength.

AV Shelf: An AV shelf is customized to support audiovisual equipment. It may have an integrated rack system or offer an optional rack system to mount the equipment in place.

Cable Pass-Through: Cable pass-through is usually accommodated by a removable panel or open grommet holes, strategically placed in the frame, back, or shelves to allow power cords and other cables to pass through, rather than around, the structure of the storage unit or cart for a neat, presentable setup.

Cabling Hole: Cabling holes are similar to grommet holes and offer the space to pass wires, power cords, and other cables through solid panels and other design components of carts.

Cam Locks: Cam locks have a latch that is turned to engage the lock, preventing the door from opening when engaged.

Camera Mount: A camera mount enhances select TV stands and AV carts, supporting video teleconference and similar functions for meetings, classrooms, and other interaction.

Casters and Locking Casters: Most audiovisual carts and stands have casters for mobility, and most styles offer two locking casters that enable fixed placement.

Cord Guide: A cord guide provides a way to neatly pass the power cord or other cables from one side to another throughout a compartment, panel, or other structure.

Cord-Wrap Handle: Cord-wrap handles have curved or contoured sides to accommodate wrapping of a long power cord or extension cord for stowing out of the way.

Cord-Wrap Attachment: A cord-wrap may be attached to select audiovisual carts, providing a convenient space to store power cord, extension cord, or other trip-hazard for safe storage and transport.

Curved Base Design: Curved base design reduces angles and corners that can cause bumps and injury in busy settings. The rounded shape also reduces the overall space needed to move the stand or cart, but retains stability from the wide or larger base size.

Drop-Leaf Side Shelves: Drop-leaf shelves are positioned at the sides of select AV carts with a hinged connection to the cart. The hinge allows the drop-leaf shelves to rest against the sides of the cart for compact size to enhance transport and storage.

Cart with Drop-Leaf Side Shelves
Drop-Leaf Side Shelves

DVD Shelf: A DVD shelf is designed to hold DVDs and similar media for use with the other equipment housed on the cart or stand.

Extra Wide Top Shelf: An extra-wide top shelf usually accommodates larger or wider television sets, typical of the newer high-definition flat screen styles.

Front Pull-Out Shelf: A front pullout shelf often resembles a keyboard shelf, with installed slides that attach under the top shelf or work surface for out-of-the-way storage when not in use. The shelf slides forward, extending out from under the upper platform shelf or worktop, allowing functional support.

Folding Stand: A folding stand can support a variety of computer and/or audiovisual equipment with a temporary setup that folds for easy storage.

Grommets: Most grommet holes are round in shape and strategically positioned in worktops, shelves, or back panels of storage compartments and other products to allow power cord and cable pass-through as well as accommodate cable management for neater technology setup.

H-Style TV Mount: An H-style TV mount connects with the back of a flat-screen television and has an H-shaped mount structure that connects to the back of the TV for a secure hold.

Keyboard Shelf: Most keyboard shelf styles have drawer-like slides for pullout accessibility and the slides and shelf install under the top shelf or work surface of a cart or other furniture element.

Keys: Most locks on AV carts and similar structures are keyed locks and include two keys when shipped.

Large Base: Most mobile TV stands have a wide or large base, designed to reduce tipping and wobbling for improved support and safety.

Lectern: Lecterns, from the Latin meaning "to read," generally have an angled top surface with lower book stop to support lecture or presentation materials, and a standing-height design for classroom or public speaking events.

Locking Cabinet: AV carts with locking cabinets generally feature a base cabinet, supporting the cart just above the casters or wheels, with a one-door or two-door access design and keyed lock.

Locking Lower Compartment: TV carts and audiovisual presentation stands with a locking lower compartment usually has a double-door or single-door enclosure with one lock used to secure the cabinet.

MDF Equipment Shelf: An MDF equipment shelf is constructed with a panel made from medium-density fiberboard. MDF, medium-density fiberboard, is made using wood fibers that are bonded with a resin or wax then the mixture is pressed to form panels. The equipment shelf will be finished with laminate, melamine, veneer or other finish to match the overall cart or stand design.

Molded Legs: Molded legs are made with molten plastic, shaped with a mold and created with pressure to reduce bubbles and weak points.

Molded Shelves: Molded shelves refer to molded plastic shelf components, such as the durable shelves in our overhead projector carts and classic-style TV stands.

Mounting Hardware Included: AV carts with TV mount include the mounting hardware so the chart or stand arrives ready for immediate setup and use.

Non-Skid, Non-Slip Surface: Open-shelf AV carts and TV stands, and stands without flat-panel mount system, almost all contain a non0skid or non-slip safety mat on the top shelf to reduce risk of TV or monitor slipping during transport or use.

Optional Cord Bin: An optional cord bin provides storage and containment for computer cables, and other typical sources of clutter in audiovisual arrangements.

Optional CPU Holder: Larger audiovisual carts and stands that offer an option for CPU holder can support a full computer system. The CPU holder is sized to fit most standard CPU cases, and some adjust to hold the CPU more securely.

Optional Keyboard Shelf: Many AV cart styles offer optional enhancements including an option for keyboard shelf which may be fixed or have pullout keyboard shelf slides depending on the design of the overall cart.

Optional Rack Mounts: Optional rack mounts are installed within a cabinet, usually for a TV or presentation storage unit and designed to support rack mounting of specified equipment.

Optional Small Shelf, Accessory Shelf: An optional small shelf can add convenient platform space to a simple TV stand or other audiovisual cart. The size of a small shelf would be insufficient for audiovisual equipment, such as a DVD player, but enough space for remote control or other small accessories.

Optional Speaker Bar: An optional speaker bar can enhance select TV stand models, providing support for two extended speakers to provide improved sound quality for audiovisual displays.

Optional Teacher's Lectern: Select AV cart models offer an optional Teacher's Lectern to transform the cart into a teaching or seminar podium-style lectern.

Push Handle: Many AV carts feature a built-in or molded handle designed for pushing and guiding the cart while in transit. On the plastic carts, the handle is an extension off the top shelf, providing room for gripping the handle to help steer and maneuver the cart for safe transport of AV equipment.

Recessed Handle: A recessed handle is installed with a set-in position, keeping the front surface of the door or drawer relatively flat.

Removable Back Panel: TV stands with removable back panel allow part of the back panel to come out for greater airflow and to provide rear access to ports on the TV set.

Roll-Formed Steel Shelves: Roll-formed steel shelves are made by forced steel between two rollers that create a steel panel with uniform thickness and smooth surfaces.

Rotating Mount: Rotating mounts refer to TV and flat-panel monitor mounts that accommodate side-to-side rotation for viewing from different angles. The rotating mounting system on our FP Series Adjustable-Height TV Stand allows a 90-degree turn for viewing from different locations within a classroom or office.

Safety Mats: Safety mats provide a non-slip surface for audiovisual equipment and supplies.

Safety Straps: Safety straps are versatile, durable straps that work with many TV stands and audiovisual equipment carts to ensure safe transport.

Side Pull-Out Shelf: Side shelves that have pullout designs install underneath an upper surface, either connected to that upper surface or installed within the frame. The shelf pulls outward to the left or right, depending on the way it is installed, and stores neatly within the frame of the overall cart for safekeeping.

Standard TV Mount: A standard TV mount meets the specifications to fit flat panel TV sets of a given size range. These standards are set by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) and refer to the hole-patterns manufacturers place on the backs of flat panel televisions for supporting mounting brackets in standard sizes and styles.

Steel-Reinforced Shelf: Molded plastic shelves that are steel-reinforced have integrated steel components to increase the overall shelf strength and resistance to warping.

Sure-Grip Pads: Sure-grip pads are found on the tops of select TV stands and audiovisual storage carts, providing a slip-resistant space to reduce risk of damage to expensive audiovisual equipment.

Textured Surface Shelves: Shelves with textured surfaces are meant to reduce equipment sliding and/or allow some air circulation under equipment, depending on the design.

Tilting Brackets: Tilting brackets are part of a TV mount system that allow the flat screen TV or monitor to tilt up or down, within a specified angle range, for better viewing comfort.

TV Cabinet: A TV cabinet is usually built into a frame, enclosing the TV set within a custom-sized cubbyhole and concealing the TV behind two hinged doors.

TV Mount Tilt or Angle: Flat screen TV monitor mounts that allow tilt or angled positions have adjustable pivot-style joints in the mounting structure that allow the TV to be angled for better viewing. The tilting or angling capability can greatly enhance viewing comfort when the TV stand is tall and the viewers are seated.

TV Stand Upper-Compartment: In a TV stand or video presentation cart, the upper compartment generally houses a television set or computer monitor within a given size range. The maximum size allowable is detailed in the description of each product.

Two Locking Cabinets: Carts with two locking cabinets may appear to be a two-door cabinet but each cabinet door will contain a lock, and they will each come with two keys, allowing access to one side at a time, if desired.

Universal TV Mount: A universal TV mount is sized to fit standard mounting positions on the backs of flat screen TV sets in a given size or size-range.

Upper Shelf Post Options: Some plastic overhead projector carts include two sets of upper leg posts that allow the top shelf to be placed at one of two desirable height positions to accommodate sitting or standing use as needed.

Vented Back Panel: The semi-enclosed TV and presentation carts usually offer a removable or vented back panel that allows greater air circulation to keep equipment cooler during use.

13-Space Rack Mount: A 13-space rack mount provides room for 13 units to mount on the pre-set spaces of the rack rails and the rails mount within a cabinet for an organized audiovisual equipment setup.

16-Space Rack Mount: A 16-space rack mount offers 16 pre-set spaces on rack rails that install within a cabinet and allow mounting of technology devices.

Construction Materials

All-Steel Construction: AV carts and TV stands with all-steel construction have steel support posts, frames, shelves, and connectors with durable finish to protect from regular use and exposure.

All Threaded Metal Connections: Carts that specify "all threaded metal connections" indicate that metal inserts are within the predrilled holes to ensure a strong hold on the screws or bolts used for assembly.

Black Molded Plastic: Black molded plastic is made using molten plastic polymer that is pressed and forced into a mold to form customized shapes, such as shelves and support legs in our plastic AV carts. The finished plastic components resist damage from scratches, stains, impact, and use.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat: AV carts with metal or steel construction are almost always finished with a paint that has been cured for a smooth powder-coat finish. Many styles use environmentally friendly paints for the finish to increase "Green Features" for an eco-friendly design that provides durable, high-quality performance.

Extruded Aluminum: Extruded aluminum is aluminum metal that has been forced through a die or mold-like device to form rods, tubes, or similar structures with durable strength and custom shapes in a single piece.

Flat-to-Sides Door Hinges: Cabinet door hinges that allow the doors to rest flat against the sides of the cabinet when open help reduce the overall size of the storage unit, reducing bumps and impact when the cabinet is opened for access.

Full Piano Hinge: Piano hinges were originally used for the lids of pianos and generally offer a full-length or full-height size, supporting the full weight of a cabinet door or other enclosure.

High-Density Polyethylene: High-density polyethylene is made from petroleum and offers a versatile thermoplastic compound that is widely used in a variety of products worldwide.

Laminate Finish: Laminate finish is almost always high-pressure laminate, featuring multiple under-layers with a colorful or patterned top layer that are applied under heat and pressure.

Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is applied with laminate, similar to laminate finish using heat and pressure. Melamine, however, utilizes fewer layers for the under finishing process, but retains the durability of the surface finish.

Metal-to-Metal Connections: AV carts designed with all metal-to-metal connections have metal treads to catch the screws or bolts and hold them securely, to ensure long-lasting assembly of the structure.

Outlets and Power Cord: Audiovisual carts with electric generally contain two or more electrical outlets in a built-in or attached power-strip assembly that includes extension power cord to reach wall outlets for power supply.

Perforated Back Panel: In TV carts with compartment for the TV set, the back panel may be perforated, resembling pegboard.

Steel K-Base: Steel K-base refers to the wide, somewhat K-shaped support base of select TV stands. The base has a wider stance on casters, with two of the support elements forming the backside of the K-shape, and the other two support elements forming the front angled parts of the K-shape.

Tinted Tempered Glass: Tempered glass or safety glass is glass that has been treated, with heat and/or chemicals. The treatment increases some strength and changes the structure of the glass so it breaks into small granules, if broken, rather than into dangerous shard.


Adjustable Height Increments: Audiovisual carts and storage with adjustable shelves usually specify an adjustable height increment, such as 1" or 2" increments that describe the positioning of the predrilled holes for shelf positions.

Cable Management: Select storage units may offer a cable bin or other management systems. The concept reduces clutter, and the appearance of cluttered wires, containing the power cables, internet and network cables, and other interconnecting cables within a given space to keep the equipment safe and the setup presentable.

Cam and Post Assembly: Cam and post assembly simplifies the setup process with a series of predrilled holes for posts or pegs that are often screwed into place. The extending ends of the posts fit into cams, which are inserted into other predrilled holes on connecting furniture panels.

CSA-Listed: CSA-listed or CSA-certified indicates the product has been tested and verified to be up to the standards set by the Canadian Standards Association or CSA Group. The CSA mark or logo is placed on products that have been certified after testing to verify they are up to current standards for safe use.

Electrical Assembly: Many AV carts include an electrical assembly, or offer an electrical assembly as an enhancement option. The electrical assembly will usually include at least two or three outlets for supporting audiovisual equipment, and an extension cord to reach nearby wall outlets.

Full-Height Interior Cord Management: Full-height interior cord management indicates the storage unit contains a conduit, clips, or other system for organizing power cords and other cables while keeping the cables and wires contained within the storage unit. When the cord management is described as "full-height" the implication is that the system accommodates cables, cords, and wires from the top to the bottom of the interior unit.

Green Features: AV carts and products listed as having "Green Features" usually include environmentally friendly paint finish, particularly for metal and steel components. Other products may specify all or part recycled materials as an additional or primary "Green Feature."

Monitor or TV Size Limits: TV stands and TV mounts specify the maximum size each device is capable of supporting.

No Leg Room Cut-Out: Select overhead projector carts feature a leg room cut-out in the bottom shelf, allowing the lower-legs to fit closer to the cart for comfortable sitting access.

Open Storage: Open storage includes open-shelf carts with four open sides allowing access from any direction.

Raised Storage Shelf: A raised storage shelf may be flat, with or without raised lip edges, or a tub-style shelf for semi-contained storage. The raised position is above the main top shelf of the AV cart and provides easy access to contents.

Raised Work Surface: A raised work surface generally implies that an additional platform-style shelf is raised above the top of an AV cart for comfortable use while standing.

Shelf Clearance: Shelf clearance refers to the space between two shelves, specifically listed on many AV carts to provide an idea of the space available to accommodate audiovisual equipment and/or computer accessories.

Surge Suppressing Electrical Assembly: The electrical assembly may include a surge suppressor, designed to reduce risk of damage to the electrical equipment from power spikes, power surges, and/or power outages.

TV and Monitor Measurements: TV sets and monitors are listed with a measurement in inches, specifying the diagonal measurement, which is taken from the lower corner on one side of the TV to the upper corner on the opposite side of the TV.

UL-Listed: UL-listed indicates that the components, usually electric in nature, are up to standards set by UL, also known as Underwriters Laboratories Inc. The UL has over 60 laboratories that engage in testing and verifying equipment to set standards. UL is also one of a select group of laboratory organizations known as the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories, which are approved by OSHA for safety testing.

Weight or Load Capacity: The weight capacity is generally listed as an overall weight capacity, referring to the maximum safe distributed weight the stand or cart can hold at a given time.