A place to install a TV in an awkward place


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Unless you live in a brand new building – where a specific spot has been wired and designed to accommodate a TV – it can be surprising to know where to put one. Maybe the room you want your TV in looks weird, or has too many windows or too few outlets. Whatever the case, we asked designers, architects, and in-house workers for their advice on troubleshooting a difficult TV setting.

One relatively easy solution is to mount the TV on a full-motion stand, which allows you to angle the screen in any direction, making any spot viable. Basic models start around $20but they can escalate to hundreds of dollars depending on the size and weight of your TV.

Mounting the stand isn’t terribly complicated – either Find a nail Then screw the unit directly into it, or hang it with drywall anchors. However, there’s no shame in knowing your limits: “If the most you’ve done is hang a picture, you may need to hire a Taskrabbit or ask a friend to come in,” says Jane Goldberg, owner of Inhabit Staging in Maryland.

Designer Susan Sutter stresses the importance of securing the stand low enough so that you don’t have to strain your neck to watch TV. The only other requirement is having an outlet (plus a coax port if you’re using cable) nearby.

Install an outlet if your wall doesn’t have one

Speaking of ports – sometimes the only way to make a logical place for a TV is hire an electrician To add a new port. if you have “Cut the rope” and streaming TVWell, that’s all you’ll need. If you are still using traditional cable, you will also need to add a coax port to the setup.

What’s on the walls–paint, baseboards, wallpaper–will affect the complexity (and cost) of the job. Electrical work can usually be done in a few hours for a few hundred dollars. But this does not include additional patching and repair work that may be required for your wall.

Calculate the size of the TV you should buy

Once you know where to place the TV, it’s also important to decide what screen size is best for the space. Choosing a TV with the wrong dimensions will make the room “look lopsided and cause uncomfortable viewing,” says Erica Jayne Choudhury, designer and general contractor at Erika Jayne Design.

To calculate the ideal size, Chaudhuri recommends dividing the distance in inches between the TV and where you plan to sit while watching it (remember that TVs are measured by the diagonal). For example, if your favorite place on the sofa is 10 feet (120 inches) from the TV, switch to a 60-inch screen.

Hide your TV as a work of art

Camouflage is another useful tactic. Especially in a room without a clear focal point, a TV pretending to be art won’t seem out of place. If you’re in the market for a new TV, choose a model that has an “art mode” setting – also known as a “gallery” or “ambient” mode. Most new TVs come with such an option, which displays images or paintings on the screen when you’re not watching anything else. Some, like Samsung’s The Frame TV, allow you to upload your own photos. Additionally, The Frame TV comes with an actual artwork-style frame around the screen.

If you have a regular flat screen, there are still ways to hide it. Try hanging it as part of an art or photo gallery wall. By surrounding the TV with other (more attractive) things to look at, the TV will not be very clear.

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Hide the TV in the closet

Depending on the parameters of your space, the cabinet can create a focal point where there hasn’t been a focal point, hide the TV when not in use, or divide a room for different uses.

In the bedroom, a raise cabinet At the foot of the bed, it will create a space that did not exist before for the TV, plus it will allow you to lower it out of sight when you are not watching it.

In large rooms, a spacious wardrobe can be used to hide the TV and break up the space. Thomas Morbitzer and Goil Amornvivat, partners at AMMOR Architecture in New York, used this method to jackson hole house, and install a custom unit that spans nearly the entire width of the room. It houses the TV on the side facing the living area, and the dishes on the side are closer to the dining area.

“You take advantage of not having a clear TV on the wall or on a stand, you have this really cool cabinet, and then you have plenty of other storage,” Morbitzer says. “The cabinet helps divide the room up so the side of the TV feels more intimate.”

Between your TV and additional devices — like gaming systems — and speakers, you might end up with a lot of wires. Even if you find an acceptable spot for the TV, those loose wires can turn out to be a messy distraction.

Wireless devices, such as Sonos speakers, that connect to your TV through WiFi or Bluetooth will help reduce clutter. There are also a lot of simple things – and cheap! – Market fixes like links And the Velcro wraps which keeps the cables more contained, and channel style Covers that hide completely.

Maya Bottiger is a Washington-based journalist who also covers kindergarten through high school.


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