Hide Your TV! – DIY Projects

Hide your TV

When living in a smaller home, there isn’t a lot of space to hide those every day items that make our lives better, but don’t exactly add to the decor…you know what I mean…the toaster, the exercise bike, and the TV. One of the biggest complaints of designers everywhere is, “I don’t want to see that TV!” Well, the designer in me is here to tell you, most of us need to have our TV at the ready. I don’t know about you, but when I’ve had a tough day, an evening curled up on the couch with Downton, or Grey’s, or even old DVD’s of Dr. Quinn are my fix. But…I also hate the look of a TV. So if you are looking for easy ways to hide the TV…we have a bunch of ideas for you! From tutorials that require some DIY skills, to quick cover ups, here is how to marry the need for your TV with your overall room design.

Our first project from Todays Creative is a shutter set into sliders. This is an easy DIY project, but this same idea could be utilized by using a folding screen created by hinging shutters together, and setting on the mantel.



This sliding track TV screen is from Southern Living, with the same idea, using wall art.



Need an easy idea? Johns Journal used a piece of art from IKEA and a simple metal L-bracket. I think I might use a bracket that comes down over the back of the TV…Is there a “U” bracket? Check out the photos at the site, you’ll see what I mean… Great idea though!



Are you lucky enough to have one of the newer homes with a recessed panel for your TV? Then do like Country Living shares with us, just cover the TV with doors!



For a clever way to hide your TV, use artwork hung strategically. You could leave hangers in place for either the “open” placement, or the “closed” placement, and simply move the artwork to cover the TV when not in use,  or you could go all the way to  installing a slider.




Just Laine has an ingenious solution for when you don’t really want a TV, but you do… They installed a small TV in their amazing red coffee table!



Ok, I love this next one, what a great look! Kristen Duke created a DIY sliding barn door TV cover, and they have a complete tutorial!



Ok, if you have a fireplace TV situation, (or if you just want to!) we have a some great ideas for you. Lowes has a how-to video showing you how to make this DIY sliding TV cover… with inexpensive closet door tracks.



Finally, use Apartment Therapy’s trick for hiding your TV…build a faux fireplace surround! Use it with or with out a fireplace screen to hide the TV completely when not in use.




So you don’t have to live without the TV, and you don’t have to live with it! (At least, not ALL the time!) Use these great ideas on ways to hide the TV and see if it becomes a much more welcome addition to your room design. And then remember, Downton is Sunday night. :)

Image Credits: Just Laine, Cote de Texas, Southern Living, Johns Journal, Country Living, Mosaik Design, Kristen Duke Photography, Lowes, Apartment Therapy


  1. These are all so clever, but my absolute FAVE is definitely the 1st picture in your post… the large sliding barn doors. What can you tell me about it? I’m assuming it would be done similarly to the small version with the clock above the mantel. Thank you : )

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Yep – Unfortunately we couldn’t find a tutorial for that one. Looks like they are using some pretty nice slider hardware.

  2. The last one is the only one I don’t like at all. The TV is positioned horribly low. If you’re doing this, you obviously don’t want the TV to be your centerpiece, but when you use it, you’d want to be comfortable. It would take a rather large TV, I think, to make it comfortable to watch at that height. The problem then is it would take an ridiculously large fireplace surround to accommodate it.

    • Kathy Woodard says:

      Definitely know what you are saying. Was a clever idea. We just had to include it. Would have to be the right situation to work well that’s for sure!

      • I was thinking the same thing- love the idea but it really is too low. Maybe if you had a big, high hearth? Or if it was going to be the kids’ video game TV- they sit on the floor a lot and play anyway!

        • Does no one but me remember the years of console televisions? They were originally designed to set on the floor, with picture tubes just a few inches higher. I think back then the TV was the focal point of a room. Now we’re trying to hide them. How long until the console idea comes back? ;0)

  3. Some fabulous ideas that I would have never thought of on my own. Love the barn doors, although I love more than just those. Pinned and included in my roundup.

  4. Thank you for the beautiful ideas! Looking forward to following you on Pinterest!

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