Flat Screen TV Placement

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In our house we have a tiny TV room/home office that was carved out of part of a bedroom. Call me a “slow adopter” but I think it might be time to take advantage of the flexibility that today’s flat screens allow: replacing our bulky television on its rolling cabinet with a flat screen mounted on the wall would dramatically expand the available floor space. The clever five-part wall cabinet  by my friend Nathan Hartman of Kerf Design, shown here, would be  a great way to go. The cabinet acts as a frame, turning the TV into a contemporary artpiece. And according to Nate it’s a drinks cabinet as well as storage for dvds — what a clever idea — mai tais with movies! The TV cabinet unites the dining area with the rest of the kitchen — where the Kerf system expresses new functionality and warm contemporary character.

Or consider Sarah Susanka’s Plan 454-6 (Not So Big Showhouse 2005), which shows a popular approach in the living room:  treating the flat screen like a painting over the mantelpiece. The wood of the mantel itself helps frame the TV. A flat screen can even be worked into the wall paneling, as the master bedroom in Plan 56-604 demonstrates. The flat screen can be set into the wall between the studs — so it’s flush with the wall surface — a pricey but elegant solution. Sometimes it’s even hidden behind a real painting whose frame is hinged.  It’s even possible to aim a little higher, as happens in our Plan 48-433. Here bedtime stories take on new meaning when you lie back and look up at the TV in the master bedroom  — it’s on the ceiling. Talk about Super Titles! For more flat screen placement ideas check out Houzz.com, a fascinating and comprehensive source for remodeling inspiration.

2 Responses to Flat Screen TV Placement

  1. Although I agree that flat screen TVs have altered the landscape for TV placement, I have an issue with the placement over a fireplace or anywhere high up on a wall. That issue has to do with those of us that are (maybe) not as young as we used to be and wear bifocals or trifocals. With the TV placed over the fireplace, we are always looking up with our necks scrunched back (and this may also be true of those individuals with perfect vision). In most environments (work or otherwise) I was always advised that the top of my computer monitor should be at eye level so that when using the monitor I would be looking down. I have presumed that this is true for TVs also.
    The TV in the cabinet by Nathan Hartman does make sense if the TV is used while prepping in the kitchen.
    I’m ambivalent about the TV in the bedroom. Most of the time, I have enough distractions there as it is.

  2. TV as art??? Not in my house or in my designs.
    A TV should be viewed at eye level to avoid neck strain by anyone – regardless of age.

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