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.
We LOVE this DIY sliding barn door TV cover from ‘Liz Marie’. Beautiful solution to this problem!
We’re impressed with this DIY built in fireplace surround with hidden TV nook by ‘Remodelaholic’. There are so many people with just a boring TV above a plain fireplace… why not make it amazing? This has a complete tutorial, including the shelving.
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!
From ‘Kristen Duke Photography’, love this colorful playroom gallery wall! But what? The painting isn’t just art? Could it be… a tv?
Don’t want to DIY this one? We love this riddling rack TV cover from ‘Pottery Barn‘.
Want to go ultra tech? Then visit ‘Popular Mechanics’ for a video tutorial on how to build a hidden lift TV cabinet. This is the ultimate way to hide a TV!
Check out this stylish DIY TV cover using art from ‘Lia Griffith’. There is a great step by step photo tutorial, and the artwork can be switched out each season.
Build the Grandy sliding door console from ‘Ana White’, and customize it to fit your TV and equipment. Lots of her readers have built this console, photos and plans!
Want something really simple? Cover a TV with a chalkboard with this idea from ‘Domestically Blissful’. Cute, right? Whether you are covering a built in niche like she is, or just leaning it in front of a mounted TV, it is a simple solution. And cute, right? Did I say that already?
‘Four Generations, One Roof’ shares their tutorial on how to make their DIY sliding barn doors. This is a perfect way to cover a wall mounted flat screen! Great instructions and photos.
Learn how to hide a TV with wall paneling from Brian Patrick Flynn of ‘HGTV’. If you aren’t aware, Brian has been responsible for designing several of the HGTV Dream Homes. This tutorial has lots of thumbnail photos that you need to click on as you pass through each step.
From ‘This Old House’, learn how to build a wall hung TV cabinet. This has tons of step by step photos and instruction, and includes a video as well.
Finally, this DIY wall mounted TV cabinet is hidden with the cutest photo canvases ever. This project was also cheap! From ‘The Stroller Chronicles’.
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, Grey’s is Thursday night. :)Image Credits: Cote de Texas, Liz Marie, Remodelaholic, Just Laine, Kristen Duke, Pottery Barn, Popular Mechanics, Lia Griffith, Ana White, Domestically Blissful, Four Generations, One Roof, HGTV, This Old House, Stroller Chronicles