Bedroom Design Solutions: Incorporating a TV
With new flat-screen TVs and clever storage solutions, it's easier than ever to wire your bedroom retreat.
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Comfort is the number one consideration when incorporating media into your bedroom. A television--and its supportive cabinetry--should be as unobtrusive as possible. If you can't find the perfect piece, consider hiring a carpenter to build something that perfectly fits your TV's proportions.
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Well-Placed Media Cabinet
It's important to situate your television set an appropriate distance from where you'll be watching it most often. Here, the TV sits near the foot of the bed, so a movie-watching marathon won't result in eyestrain.
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TV on an Adjustable Post
Instead of wall-mounting a super-size flat-panel in the bedroom, why not select a smaller model and place it closer to you? In this setup, an adjustable post at the base of the bed allows the viewer to rotate the screen to the desired position or lower the unit when the tube isn't in use.
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Elegance needn't be sacrificed when adding electronics to the bedroom. This small flat-screen mounts flush to the wall so it doesn't detract from the room's other visual highlights -- the artwork and the classic furnishings.
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Room Divider with TV
If you have a particularly large bedroom or a loft-style floor plan, a room divider can be a great way to break up the space. Consider wiring the dividing unit so you can add a TV set, speakers, and other electronics.
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Non-Competing Focal Points
Although the TV in this bedroom is large, it isn't the first thing your eye settles on. Instead, a beautiful fireplace and hearth are the focal points. The designer thoughtfully situated the television high on the wall so it can be seen from the bed without stealing the show.
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When a TV is switched off, it can be rather unsightly in a well-decorated room. Increasingly, designers are opting for systems that hide the television when it's not in use. Here, the TV folds back, and the framed mirror slides in front of the screen.
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Customize Favorite Furniture
Beloved pieces of furniture, such as this Art Deco armoire, can be reimagined as media storage. This piece may once have been used to hang clothing, but with the addition of a few shelves, it finds new purpose as a graceful home for the television set and DVD collection.
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Strategically Placed TV
Many people like to avoid watching too much TV at bedtime. A helpful way to keep tube-time to a minimum is to place the set out of range of the master bed, as shown here. Notice that the stereo speakers sit atop the cabinet, so this home's owners can still enjoy music throughout the bedroom.
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TV above the Fireplace
Plug in to maximum coziness by placing the television set above a fireplace in the master suite. Then turn on the fire, pop in your favorite classic flick, and make movie watching a comfy affair.
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Old TV, New Solution
Traditional box TVs can be more difficult to place than newer flat-screen models. Still there are plenty of innovative ways to incorporate an older set into a bedroom. Here, the TV rests on a low-profile shelving unit, with plenty of space for the stereo receiver and other electronic elements underneath.
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Corner Media Center
These strange spots can be excellent places for TV sets and other media devices. Here, a corner unit fits perfectly into the nook created by adjoining walls, providing an ideal nest for the television and stereo equipment.
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Backlight the TV
Notice the dark hole the television set creates in this otherwise light and bright room. Experts recommend installing low-watt lighting behind the set, especially for nighttime TV watching. In this case, a few LED under-cabinet puck lights affixed inside the armoire would do the trick in helping prevent eyestrain.
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In a studio apartment where living areas flow into personal areas, it is important for residents to be able to remove themselves from noise and distractions from electronics. Consider using a curtain to divide the room into sections, creating a specific area for TV and another for relaxation.
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The bedrooms of many new homes feature shallow recessed areas specifically designed for a flat-screen TV. Oftentimes, however, the homeowners' television is too small or large for the space. A carpenter can easily enlarge the opening or create a new recessed area in an older home. Just be sure the space provides enough support to hold your set.
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In a bedroom that lacks carpet or lots of upholstered furniture, consider installing a surround-sound speaker system to prevent the volume from echoing around bare spaces. New wireless systems allow you to place speakers near the bed without wrangling unruly bundles of wires.
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Small Space Solutions
Even tiny bedrooms can accommodate a media center. Start by selecting a shelving unit or armoire that is proportional to the room, then add a television. This ensures the TV isn't too large for the space.
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Get Rid of Glare
A sunny bedroom is a joy -- unless you're trying to watch the noontime news. Install curtains with liners to cut glare.
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Smart Media Storage
Media storage comes in many forms. Take a fresh look at existing cabinets, shelves, and walls in your bedroom. Where might a TV set like to hide? Electronics retailers carry a wide range of mounting devices and sliding racks to help you realize your storage solution. Or consult a carpenter to customize the perfect space for your stuff.
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More Ideal Places for a TV
Find innovative locations for televisions throughout the house.