Three cheers for the advent of the flat screen TV. We now have so many ways to incorporate our TV equipment into our living environment. No longer do you have to have a big, bulky piece of furniture to watch your favorite shows. You can hide your flat screen TV in plain sight. Let me show you how.
• Built-In Cabinetry
In the old days, if you wanted to build a TV cabinet, you had to dedicate at least twenty-four to thirty inches out from the wall to hold a standard television set. Thank goodness things have changed. You can now create a built-in unit that's no deeper than a small book case. As a matter of fact, you could actually recess a thin cabinet right into a wall in your living room to house your flat screen. Add a couple of cabinet doors and that streamlined beauty hides neatly out-of-sight when you're not watching it.
• Above the Fireplace
Here's a popular new place for your TV - right above the fireplace. You could leave it out in the open; however, with a simple box frame and a couple of cabinet doors, you can close it up and make it disappear. Put your cabinet doors on hinges or get really fancy by having them slide apart to reveal your flat screen unit. Either way, it keeps the home fires burning with the perfect place to situate your TV to watch in comfort with friends or family.
• Behind a Picture Frame
If you want a clever way to cover up a small flat screen unit, mount in under a picture frame with a hinge and latch that swings open when you need entertainment. You can mount the piece on your wall - amongst a grouping of other pictures. Or you can place the TV on a bookshelf and let the mounted picture swing away from the bookshelf and TV at will. Either way, it will give you an inconspicuous place to hide your TV until you're ready to use it.
• Pop-Up Hydraulic Units
Although high in price, hydraulic pop-units can also tuck your TV away in a kitchen, bedroom or anywhere else you want to camouflage it. Custom units can be carved into a kitchen countertop or set inside an enclosed sofa table to place at the end of your bed. The hydraulic mechanisms bring up when you want it and lower it down when you don't. Now that's fancy.
Check out pictures and inspiration for this article in the Hiding a TV ideabook on Houzz. Learn how you can use these decorating ideas for hiding your flat screen TV anywhere in your home.
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