So this thing happened five, maybe ten, years ago – TVs got big.
Big and flat.
It used to be that TVs were big boxy things and people would try to stash them in armoires, or relegate them to hidden rooms like Edward Rochester’s first wife, never to be seen by anyone but the inner family. But nowadays…nowadays, it’s different. Nowadays, everyone wants to show Big Bertha off. I mean, after all, Bertha is lookin’ pretty. Almost sculptural. Dudes take pride in showing off how large a TV they own (what is with that, btw?) so they like to display them in a place of pride – above the mantle, on a focal wall, or sitting atop a beautiful credenza.
…Thing is, when I see this, I can’t help but wonder, WHERE IS THE CABLE BOX? Do they not have cable? Okay, that’s cool, but no DVD player? A modem? Even a new-fangled TV will require an antenna, right? TV’s don’t come alone. They always come with a little friend. Where does the friend go?
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Do they put the electronic stuff in the cabinet and then leave the cabinet door open? Is that not annoying? And even if you were cool with that, wouldn’t the cabinet door block the remote from half the room? How are you going to lay on your couch and watch Lifetime movies if you have to sit up your butt just to get the remote to work?
Yes. Yes they are. I know, I was worried too, which is why I tried it out for four months before sharing it here. So far, so good. There is an ottoman underneath just for insurance. Also, I used the screw type tension rods instead of the twist type as they seem sturdier, but I suppose either one would work. The key is to get the rod in there as tight as possible. I mean tight.
If I was tasteful I’d probably paint the rods black (or bought black rods in the first place), but I’m lazy and white makes for better demo photos. The desk was a thrift store cast-off gift from my friend Grace ten years ago. It used to be cream and red, so I painted it celery and dotted the edges with a gold pen. Up until this fall I had been using it as a vanity in my closet, but then Kiki upgraded TV’s and gave me her old one and I needed a bigger base. It wasn’t until after the TV was already in place that I noticed the pocket underneath would make a great hiding spot for electronics. I know not everyone has a desk or table with sort of structure laying around the house, but let me tell you, there is one at your local thrift store right now.
No, I mean it. It’s there right now. It’s all wood and stuff. It has your name on it. Go get it.
Why are you still here?
Go and get it.
PS: Another post on how to work around a TV (same TV too!)