Back when televisions were heavy and bulky contraptions, decorators mostly limited themselves to TV stands, entertainment units, and, if the homeowner is particular about an uninterrupted room ambience (which televisions almost always ruined unless the room had a sleek futuristic theme), then TV cabinets with doors.
It’s a different time now. The Internet has encouraged the DIY culture to run rampant, and people have found a way to project their image of choice and show off their lives through social media. Since interior décor is usually a common interest, many are motivated to make their home interior as Pinterest-worthy as possible.
Consequently, the placement of the TV has since become a more interesting proposition. The transformation of the television as we once knew it contributes a fair amount to this. What were once chunky boxes that needed to be placed on a wide and solid stand are now sleek, flat, and practically wafer-thin panes of digital wonder.
Flat Screen Placement
When you buy a flat screen TV, it is usually accompanied by a stand base (in case you intend to place it on furniture) and brackets (in case you wish to mount it on the wall, which is often the preferred placement).
Many find placing the TV on the wall more convenient. This puts the TV out of the way and out of little fingers’ reach. It also blends better, just like another picture on the wall. For those who like to recline while watching TV, moving their field of vision upwards, it provides a better viewing angle as well.
Unfortunately, there are instances when mounting the TV on the wall isn’t ideal. Here are some possible scenarios:
· If you have an open plan home, there might not be an available wall for it.
· If most of your exterior walls are made of windows, it might be tricky to find a spot for it.
· If your interior walls are made of drywall, it might pose a question of safety. It’s best to hire a TV wall mounting service if you insist on using attaching your TV to drywall.
There are definitely various valid reasons why your TV shouldn’t go on the wall. Also, you just might want to do something different and more imaginative than just having the television on your wall.
Fortunately, designers have come up with solutions for people who are thus inclined.
Non-Wall Mount Solutions
What if you had the option to place your TV in the middle of the room? If you feel that’s something that can work for your home, here are your options.
1. Use the back of a sturdy cabinet for mounting the TV.
In an open plan home, that same cabinet could also function as a casual divider. If you don’t want a jarring separation of the different sections, choose a cabinet that is low enough to keep the design of the room fluid.
Also, make sure that you pick something that is attractive on all sides. Obviously, don’t go for cheap cabinets that were intended to be pushed up against the wall to hide their aesthetically inferior dorsal side.
Keep in mind as well to use a cabinet that has sections for storing cables, cords, the power strip, the indoor digital TV antenna components, and other provisions out of sight. If you opt for this solution, consider floor-mounted electrical outlets that can go under the cabinet and avoid being an eyesore. Just cut out an access panel so you don’t have to move the cabinet to reach it.
2. Have a box built for your TV.
If you don’t mind placing your TV right by floor-to-ceiling windows or glass walls, this will help keep your décor cohesive. It has to be bespoke since it’s unlikely that you would find a ready-made box that fits around your TV as well as matches the color and material of the piece of furniture it is set on.
The purpose of the box is to hide the unsightly backside of the TV. It doesn’t matter that those outside can guess that it’s a TV; it would be just like seeing other items in your home. With a box housing the TV, however, they will see a piece of furniture that goes with the aesthetic of the room instead of an appliance that doesn’t.
Again, make sure that there’s provision for storage of the TV’s accompanying components.
3. Use a TV holder.
There are TV holders and cabinets designed to stand in the middle of the room. Take note that not all of them are attractive, so you’ll have to do some shopping to find something that suits your taste.
Some holders swing so you can make the TV face whichever side of the room the viewers are on. Meanwhile, there are also cabinets with a motorised lift, allowing the TV to descend and hide when not in use.