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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where should I hang my flat screen TV? Photos and tips for decorating with a flat screen TV.

People often ask where they should hang their flat screen TV, and how to layout a room for TV viewing. It's wise to have a plan for your layout, so you'll have optimum seating for the number of guests you plan to have. Superbowl Sunday? Chevy Chase Christmas vacation with the whole family? I can smell the popcorn popping already!

  • First check to see if it's possible to relocate the cable hookup so you can put the TV where you want it. If you have a crawl space or basement, it's often an easy change.
  • Think about the areas you need to be able to view the TV - example - would you like to watch TV  while cooking or doing dishes?
  • There should only be 8 to 10 feet of space between people (between sofas and chairs). This allows ease of conversation, and it often means you need to pull furniture out from the walls. In the photo below, we pulled the gray sofa out from the wall about 3 1/2 feet, this allowed them to be closer to the TV and provided a walkway behind the sofa.
  • Think about the size of your TV, before purchasing it, check to see if it will it fit in an unexpected place, such as a bookcase wall or over the mantle?
  • Keep in mind every view, it's nice to be able to see out the windows as well as being able to see the TV, so you don't get that "closed in" feeling.
  • Use 1/4" graph paper to create a room layout, make several copies so you can sketch furniture in different configurations. Or, a qualified interior designer can do a room layout.

 Our comfortable custom furniture with the
Flat screen TV (notice we moved to above the fireplace per the homeowner's request)
Furniture was pushed against the walls, which was awkward for viewing

Flat screen TV recessed into the sheetrock
This would require remodeling but it's a nice clean look

Flat screen TV in center of wall units
Because the flat screen is recessed deep, it does not demand attention
and it looks nice from a side view, when you first enter the room 

Do you have a problem or solution regarding flat screen TV's placement? We love hearing your comments!

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1 comment:

Barbara said...

Our new home has the flat screen embedded in a wooden "frame" above the fireplace. The fireplace/ mantel are really elegant - or would be if you noticed them. That huge black rectangle draws all eyes to it. The boxes for TV and stereo are concealed in the wall behind the screen. The speakers are built-in and concealed by screens painted to match the walls. There is a control that allows you to adjust the angle of the screen so that you can watch it from anywhere in the room as well as the rooms adjacent to it. Using the same control, I'd like to be able to install something over the screen and raise/lower (slide?) it to hide the screen when we're not watching it. Would a mirror be best? Cannot imagine measuring a work of art in a gallery to see if it will cover the flat screen!