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Layout Dilemma: Where to Put the Flat-Screen TV?

Houzz reader recently wrote in using this layout dilemma:”I’ve a tiny flat-screen TV in my living space, but have no clue how to display it at a tasteful manner. I don’t want to create the TV a centerpiece of this space, I am not into cupboards much and I don’t like TVs hung on a wall. Any thoughts?” As opposed to say”Get an iPad instead,” I dug up some awesome thoughts from Houzz members, almost all involving custom carpentry to take the focus off the tech and back to the decor.

Quezada Architecture

My recommendation for flat panel setup? Recess those puppies into your own walls. This requires hiring a magician and ai not exactly cheap. But it saves a space from getting”that TV room” What does this entail? Drywall has to be cut, 2x4s are set up for framing — such as creating a soffit. Electricity needs to be dragged up into a brand new socket installed only behind where the TV will sit. After that’s completed, drywall work needs to happen.

High Definition Home

In case you decide to go with the recessed look over a mantle, keep in mind you have to allow the appropriate depth to allow for leaning the TV downward so it is geared toward the appropriate eye level. Watching”The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” with major glare in Camille or Lisa’s face totally kills the effect.

Ps: I can’t remember life before that series. I love each one of these and wish that the show were live 24/7.


If your goal is for the TV to not become the centerpiece of this space, install it low on a wall straight at eye level. This allows the true wall to remain the star, especially if the wall is covered with an intriguing material or texture.

Mark Brand Architecture

Then there’s sneaky, functional, task-oriented positioning. I am a huge fan of small-to-medium size flat panels worked right into kitchens. Keeping them off the countertop is crucial; either mount them to the bottom of the cabinets or possess a custom space cut out for them within upper cabinetry.

You can stay amused while prepping meals, then unwind with companion to enjoy your meal. Guess who watches TV with pretty much every meal that he enjoys? Me.

Michael A. Menn

Even though armoires and media cabinets may actually bring about media taking over your space, fitting your apartment plank into an architectural element is a superb way to lessen the techno-presence. It works well here recessed to a column; it is equally as powerful on a partition wall.

Brennan + Company Architects

Another thing that’s getting more and more popular is the sliding horizontal panel cover. After the TV is off, the sliding doors come together to completely hide it. Just take this one step farther by incorporating art or patterned background to the front.

In smaller rooms, every inch counts. Among the biggest benefits to habit horizontal panel carpentry is space-saving. In this circumstance, the homeowner may use one area for media storage, screen AND TV viewing. The panel slides sideways, then back to the built-in when not being used.

Amoroso Design

You might even take the attention off your horizontal panel by placing it onto a wall using dark paint or stain. By keeping the tone of this wall in check with that of the TV, it is less obvious.

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