A flat screen TV is a beautiful thing to look at when watching movies and television. But when it's not in use its stark screen can make it the unwanted center of attention, detracting from your room's decor. Luckily there are a number of great ways to hide a flat screen TV, all made more easy by the thin nature of the device.
Artwork Coverup Hardware
One way to hide a flat screen TV is behind a piece of art, which is much easier than you might initially think. Specialty hardware like the TV Coverup (TVCoverUps.com) and Art Lift from Media Decor (mediadecor.com) use your choice of original art to hide your TV. With just the press of a button on a remote control the artwork slides to the top, bottom or side to reveal an unobstructed view of your TV screen.
Art Fame and Digital Artwork DVD
Hide your TV while leaving it in plain sight by disguising it as a framed piece of art. FrameMyTV (framemytv.com) is one of the leading companies specializing in TV framing, with a range of art frames that would be perfectly at home in an art gallery or museum, but are also suited for a living room. The frames vary in construction and style but each can be customized to fit any TV size. Once framed, simply insert an art DVD like those found on Art of TV (artoftv.com) and watch your flat screen TV transform into a piece of art courtesy of Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and other famous artists.
Both mirrors and TVs are common sights in living rooms and bedrooms. Now you can have both. The Mirage Mirror from Media Decor (mediadecor.com) is housed in a frame that's custom-built to your TV's dimensions and features a drop-down reflective curtain that slides down in front of the TV screen. When your TV is off and the curtain is down it looks just like a mirror, reflecting everything in your living room or bedroom. When it's up, the curtain is completely out of sight, allowing you to fully enjoy your flat screen TV.
Entertainment Center or Armoire
A less labor-intensive and more cost-effective way to hide a flat screen is to buy an entertainment center or armoire with closing doors. Many of these are made of beautiful hardwood, directing attention to the pleasing aesthetics of the cabinet and not the TV behind its doors. You can find entertainment centers and armoires at home furnishings stores, retail stores like Target, as well as online at sites like Standout Design (standoutdesigns.com).
Long a feature of mystery novels and kid's imaginations, rotating bookcases are now a reality and are an elegant and fun way to hide a flat screen TV. The Reversica Gyre (reversica.com) is a custom cabinet that functions as bookcase on one side and an entertainment center on the other. With just the flip of a switch the bookshelves rotate 180 degrees to display the flat screen TV. Each bookcase is built by the cabinet maker to fit your television's specifications.
Another great way to hide a flat screen TV is with a TV lift. When not in use, the TV is stored in what looks to be a table or cabinet of sorts. With the press of a button the TV is lifted up and out of the cabinet. The TV lift can be positioned in a living room and, unlike methods that require the flat screen be mounted to the wall, at the foot of a bed. Since the lift has a flat top, it also allows you to place photos on top of it or use it as a sideboard or table.
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