“If there were only one truth, you couldn’t paint a hundred canvases on the same theme.” –Pablo Picasso
If you’re like most Americans, the television is probably the focal point of your living room. To be fair, it has probably earn that right, since it is probably one of the most used articles in someone’s home. However, what if you want to have a social evening conversing with friends or curled up in front of the fireplace, how do you separate yourself from the tube? We have come up with a few suggestions that will keep your TV available for use, but hidden during the rest of the day.
- If you have the space and the right design in your living room, an old armoire can be easily converted into an entertainment center. The large wardrobe provides plenty of opportunities to organize and store all of the accoutrement for a fully-functioning 21st century media center, but with a stylish 19th century shell. The drawers are often perfect for storing DVDs and Blu-Rays, the lower shelves are great for hold media players and game consoles, and the whole piece does a great job of hiding and organizing wires.
- You may have a television that is just too wide to fit into something like an armoire. In this case, you may have to consider getting your hands a little dirty and putting together a custom shadowbox that will conceal the TV. While this project takes a little manual labor, it is a fairly simple project that makes a great family home improvement project.
Start by mounting your television to the wall using a TV mounting kit sold pretty much anywhere you can buy a TV. Measure the dimensions that you will need to cover the monitor, including depth. Cut your pieces of wood at to length, leaving 45 degree angles on the edges. Fasten your pieces together, check that it fits well over your television. Finish the design by place the covering over the front of the shadow box. After the shadowbox design is complete, place it over your television and mark where the studs cross the box. Use brackets to fasten the box to the wall (making sure that it is level) and you have successfully hidden your television!
It is important to remember that you will have wires that need to be hidden, you may need to build shelf or additional mounted cabinet or cut open your drywall to successfully hide them. You will also need to have a place to store your entertainment equipment, such as a cable box, DVD player, and game systems, so a mounted cabinet may be your best option.
- Finally, if you are a bit more capable and really want to impress your guests, create a built-in to house your television. First, make sure that you have room in your wall to add the built-in. Then install the TV so that it is either inset, so that it can be concealed, or flush, so that it can be framed and turned into a beautiful digital picture frame when not in use. While you have your wall opened-up, it is probably a good idea to call a certified electrician to add an outlet to the built-in that will help hide your wires.
These are just a few of the unlimited ways that you customize your entertainment center to your lifestyle by adding a little flair. If you are looking to redecorate your home or even just a room, we are happy to set up a consultation. Give us a call or shoot us an email using the information provided below.