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Sanus VMA401

On-wall component shelf

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You've wall-mounted your TV — why not wall-mount your Blu-ray player or game console, too? The Sanus VMA401 shelf lets you do just that. This sturdy, tempered glass shelf can hold a component weighing up to 15 lbs. You can route your A/V cables through an opening in the back bracket to keep your installation looking trim and neat..

You've wall-mounted your TV — why not wall-mount your Blu-ray player or game console, too? The Sanus VMA401 shelf lets you do just that. This sturdy, tempered glass shelf can hold a component weighing up to 15 lbs. You can route your A/V cables through an opening in the back bracket to keep your installation looking trim and neat..

Easy expansion

Got two or more components you want to mount under your TV? Not a problem. You can fit multiple VMA401s together to create an integrated shelving system. And you can even make small vertical adjustments after the shelf is installed, to get your components situated at just the right height.

Well constructed, easy to install. I had to flip the unit so the turntable dustcover would open. If you do that, plan on adding some spacers in order to get front/back leveled. Probably doesn't have the same issue if orient as pictured.

Ryan, Charlotte, NC

What's in the Box:

  • Tempered glass shelf
  • Wall-mount bracket (3-piece)
  • Safety plate
  • Two M5 x 20mm screws
  • Two M5 x 6mm screws
  • 2.5" Lag-bolt
  • Flat washers
  • Three 2" wood-screws
  • 3 Drywall anchors
  • Plastic wall-inserts
  • Hex-key
  • Instruction Manual

Product Highlights:

  • holds a single component weighing up to 15 lbs.
  • tempered glass shelf
  • opening in back bracket for neatly routing your cables
  • center column allows small height adjustments after mounting
  • wall-mountable (hardware included)
  • can be combined with additional VMA401 units to create multi-shelf system
  • 18"W x 6-1/2"H x 14-5/8"D
  • warranty: 90 days
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Sanus VMA401 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(17 Reviews)

Sanus VMA401

Ryan from Charlotte, NC on 5/21/2017

Well constructed, easy to install. I had to flip the unit so the turntable dustcover would open. If you do that, plan on adding some spacers in order to get front/back leveled. Probably doesn't have the same issue if orient as pictured.



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Anonymous from Reno, NV on 1/30/2017

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Great product. Easy to assemble, clear instructions.



Works great!

Anonymous from Woodbridge, VA on 12/5/2016

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Perfect for center speaker/DVD under wall mounted flat panel TV!



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Bruce from Orlando, FL on 12/4/2016

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Easy to install with instructions provided. High quality product and all parts provided for different wall surfaces.

Pros: Quality construction and ease of installation.

Cons: None

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Anonymous from Wantagh, ny on 9/7/2016

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Great shelf, I previously bought two and they are perfect.



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Anonymous from St Joseph, MO on 8/22/2016

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Super product, packed well, looks clean and classy.



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Anonymous from Ventura, CA on 7/9/2016

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Good overall in quality and appearance. Would recommend to others



Repeat buyer - Great product

Dave T from Virginia on 12/28/2015

We've purchased several of these for A/V installations. Looks good in a high-end conference room as well as home theater etc..

Pros: Appearance, weight capacity, ease of installation.

Cons: None so far.


Chris L from New York on 12/14/2015

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I really like the shelf. Its the second one I purchased. Easy to install and put together. It holds the cable box and dvd player well.

Pros: good weight capacity 15 pounds. dose the job

Cons: none


medic9067 from burlington wa on 10/21/2014

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quick easy install and perfect size to hold dvr and cable box

Pros: quick easy install, good price perfect size


Easy Set Up

Retaler from Freeport, New York on 8/17/2014

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Nicely packaged, quality materials, and easy to mount to the wall, all make this product a winner. The only strange thing is that the package's art work shows a TV sitting on the shelf and the instructions tell you to NOT place a TV on the shelf. Good size for my cable box.

Pros: See above

Cons: None

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SanusVMA 401 from Phila, PA on 2/28/2014

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Durable, attractive and easy to install

Pros: Shipment arrived within the next 2 days

Cons: None

Great shelf

Mitchyak from Lafayette CO on 1/25/2014

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Great solution for components for wall mount TV. Easy to install. Clean look. Solid construction. I stacked 2 shelves for satellite box and blueray. Wire pass through should accommodate 4 HDMI and a power cable.

Pros: Easy installation. Clean look. Wire pass through organizes and hides wires. Clear instructions.

Cons: None.

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Mike from Aurora,CO on 12/23/2013

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Very easy to install, took less than half an hour. Hides wiring nicely and looks great on the wall.

Pros: Looks, simplicity of installation.

Cons: Made in China. Can't we make anything in the U.S. anymore?

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EDS from Greenville, SC on 12/5/2013

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Elegant design and large enough to accomodate a regular size cable box or DVD/Blueray player. Simplistic design that makes installation quick and easy.

Pros: Design, installation

Cons: tempered glass shelf

Works well, solid install

Jeff from Boulder, CO on 6/4/2013

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Works as intended, looks nice, almost a little too wide for our component we needed to put on it, but would easily hold a stereo component or large cable box.

Pros: Looks Nice, hold a decent amount of weight, easy to install.


Slick unit

Anonymous from Benton, LA on 6/2/2012

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Another great product from Sanus. EVERY detail was thought out and that makes for beauty and functionality in this unit.

Pros: Well built. Beautiful. Functional.

Cons: None


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Product Research


On-Wall Component Shelf: The Sanus Foundations Vertical Series VMA401 is a single-column AV component shelf that mounts directly under wall-mounted TVs for a sleek, streamlined look. Its center column is vertically adjustable for perfect alignment under a wall-mounted TV, even after hanging. The center column features an integrated channel for easy power cable and signal wire routing. The thick tempered-glass shelf supports up to 15 lbs and can be vertically adjusted to accommodate almost any AV component arrangement. You can combine more than one VMA401 for a multiple shelving unit.

Tempered Glass: The Sanus VMA401 features a thick tempered 6mm glass can hold up to 15 lbs. The shelf measures 18" (w) x 14.5" (d). The tempered glass shelf will hold most satellite/cable boxes, DVD/Blu-ray players, or game consoles. This shelf is not recommend for most A/V receivers which tend to weigh more than 15 lbs.

Slim Profile: The Sanus Foundations Vertical Series VMA401 features a slim profile that works well with wall-mounted ultra-thin LCD, LCD-LED, and Plasma TVs. The VMA401's wall-mount bracket only sits 1.375" from the wall. The wall-mount bracket measures 6.0625" (w) x 6.5625" (h).

Post Installation Adjustment: The Sanus VMA401 single-column AV component shelf offers post installation micro-adjustment to ensure your seated component is at the perfect height in regards to your wall-mounted television. You can adjust the height (+/- 0.75") and level (+/-7.5°) using the supplied hex-key.

Cable Management System: The Sanus VMA401 employs an integrated cable management system that organizes and keeps your cables hidden without having to run them through the wall.

Multiple Shelf Solution (optional): You can combine the Sanus VMA401 with other VMA401 shelf-units to create a multiple shelf solution below your wall-mounted television.

Simple Installation: The Sanus Foundations Vertical Series VMA401 AV component shelf can be easily mounted to sheetrock, wood studs, or concrete. All hardware is included.

Required Installation Tools:

  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure (ruler)
  • Level
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Ratchet with 7/16" (11mm) socket
  • Drill (1/8" bit for wood stud; 3/8" for masonry installation)

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Staff Reviews

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

Impressive build quality

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 3/9/2012 12:34:00 PM

The first thing I noticed when I took the VMA401 out of the box was how hefty the tinted glass shelf was. That's a good thing — I expect it to be a rock-solid support for my gear. The second thing I noticed was that the back bracket was powder-coated steel. Very nice.

The third thing I noticed was the front panel on the bracket was flexible plastic. It's molded to the exact shade of black as the bracket, so the bracket appears solid from a distance. This panel can be popped off, making running cables much easier. And when they're in place, the panel goes back on, covering them up.

The VMA401's a simple design, but one that clearly a lot of thought went into.

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I've had a bunch of different brands for wall mount and this Sanus seems to be far superior to most [ Anna  Mar 25, 2017 ]
THIS IS WHAT I NEEDED [ I  Mar 23, 2017 ]
wall mounted tv? need a good way to hang a center channel [ Jonathan  Jan 30, 2017 ]
Flexibility. I have to rearrange my audio system and since I have a floating AV cabinet, I thought it best to position these two shelves right below it at the center for my amplifier to conveniently sit in the best possible position and have sufficient free-air ventilation. I hope to be able to hide most of the wiring too. [ Michael  Jan 01, 2017 ]
Sanus is a reputable brand. This wall mounted shelf also had a more finished appearance and was on sale [ Angel  Dec 23, 2016 ]
Will work well with wall mounted tv. [ RUPERT  Dec 14, 2016 ]
needed a place for the dvd player and cable box [ joseph  Dec 04, 2016 ]
Sanus has great quality and with Crutchfield's excellent service, it was exactly what I wanted to place a cable box below a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. [ Bruce  Nov 21, 2016 ]
Our installer recommended this brand/type. [ Jamie  Oct 07, 2016 ]
Price [ J  Aug 22, 2016 ]
I needed a product like this to complete an install. The $10 price break was great, however, it was the reviews that sealed the deal. Two reviews were all I read and both said what I needed to hear - the shelf looks good in a pro install, holds a cable box, will reorder. [ Aaron  Jul 14, 2016 ]
Only three things: Quality and neatness of design and ratings [ Miguel  Dec 27, 2015 ]

3 questions already asked

Hi, no this is a shelf to put a dvd player or cable box on. Underneath the plastic cover is a metal bracket that you fasten to the beam. It sticks out about an inch for the metal, about inch and a half with the plastic. My sound bar had a separate mount to buy and hugs my wall. Hope this helps. [ Christopher  Nov 25, 2016 ]
My sound bar mounts to bottom of my tv this mounts to my wall just behind it [ Mark  Nov 25, 2016 ]
I believe it would be to small, I used mine for a Polk center channel speaker and only have 4 inches to spare in the front. [ ROBERT  Dec 07, 2014 ]
No, it will not fit. [ Michael  Dec 07, 2014 ]
the dimensions are 1" high by 1 1/4" wide and about an inch from the wall. Hope this helps. [ Jackie  Jan 31, 2014 ]
Thank you Bonnie! [ Melknee  Jan 30, 2014 ]
Thank you Thomas WS! [ Melknee  Jan 30, 2014 ]
THANKS SO MUCH GERALD JW! [ Melknee  Jan 29, 2014 ]
I recently mounted this device below a wall mounted TV in our exercise room. The platform was for our Xfinity cable box so routed through the channel were: (1) the power cord for the cable box, (2) the coaxial video connector to the cable box (not a very flexible cable), and (3) the HDMI connection from the cable box to the TV (a high quality cable that was also not very flexible. I had no trouble with the space for these cables and there would easily have been space for another three wire component video connection. It's a high quality, well made device - I would recommend it. [ GERALD J  Jan 28, 2014 ]
You should have no problem getting your cables to run behind the shelf. I know you only see the 1 inch square hole in the picture, but you can actually slide the plastic backing (with the 1 inch hole) up to feed the cables in. I actually had my HTPC (mac mini), audio receiver, and Blu-Ray player on two of these shelves stacked one on the other. I had at least 3 power cables, 5 (14-gauge) audio cables, 3 HDMI, 2 USB cables, and 1 subwoofer coax cable running behind the plastic backing piece. I think there is about 4-6 inches of space (side-to-side) for all your cables to be hidden. Hope this helps. Good luck!! [ THOMAS W  Jan 25, 2014 ]
I have 2 Hdmi cables and 2 power cable with room for more. Width(left to right) - Top opening ~1.5 inches. (Back to front width of top opening is ~ 3/8 to 1/2 inch) Bottom opening 1 inch. In the other shelf unit I have a coax cable and a thick power strip cable. The 2 shelves stack nicely. [ JAN  Jan 25, 2014 ]
I just installed this for my blue ray and was surprised at not only the ease of installation but also its high end construction. The wall bracket that holds the cables is plenty big enough for two components. Check the weight load specs but it should be fine. [ ROBERT  Jan 25, 2014 ]
Currently we have a cable box with the power cord, the cable itself, the cable to the TV, and there is more than enough room for all that. The opening is about 2" x 3". Hope this helps. BTW we also used a coiled cable manager to tidy everything up. [ BONNIE C  Jan 25, 2014 ]