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