Are you moving into a dorm room? Studio apartment? Tiny house? Don’t worry—you won’t have to watch the evening news or latest Netflix release on your phone. You can make room for a TV. Where there’s a will (and cable) there’s a way. Even for the smallest of spaces, I’ve got input from the experts on great TV room ideas.
Back in olden times—the nineties—television “sets” took up a lot of room. Most were larger from front to back than the width of their screens. They sat on a table, dresser, or TV stand, or were squeezed into early versions of the “entertainment center”—complete with space for your VCR and VHS tapes.
Today’s TVs are sleek, flat, a little bit edgy, and fitting them into your décor can be effortless.
First things first: vocabulary. You know about high def, plasma, and Hulu. But have you heard about “articulating mounting solutions”? Yes, indeed, these are the way to go.
Aaron Udler, president of OfficePro, introduced me to the concept. Here’s what he had to say:
For a small room, a wall mount for a TV is always the best way to go (if you don’t have too many pictures on the wall). And the best kind to get is an articulating mount. With an articulating mount, there is a long arm that is attached from the TV to the wall, and allows people to position their TV in a 180-degree rotation.
The company that created the first TV mount (in 1964!) is Peerless-AV. Todd Mares is Director of Emerging Technologies at Peerless. Todd shared his insights:
A great way to maximize space in a small TV room would be to mount the TV on the wall versus housing it in a large furniture unit. Most TVs today are sleek, flat screen displays so utilizing a wall mount that can keep the display close to the wall is ideal.
Todd suggests that homeowners (and I’ll add, renters and students) should “look for an articulating mounting solution, in particular, as this will allow for the TV to be pulled out from the wall and moved in various angles to provide the optimal viewing experience.”
He explained that an articulating wall mount “offers easy access to the back of the TV for maintenance or connecting other solutions such as a DVD player or a media-streaming device” and it keeps the space clean and tidy, “so the focus is on the TV and not the wires and cords behind it.”
Now take a look around and figure out the optimal spot for your TV. Here’s a hint: look up.
“People forget to look up,” said Lauren Williams, owner of Casual Uncluttering in Washington state.
Vertical space—using taller bookcases, corner units, stacked travel trunks, even wardrobes—can be effective storage in smaller rooms. It is also generally true that the less cluttered a small space, the larger it looks and feels.
Here’s one more tip that will help you to optimize even the tiniest TV room: window film. In smaller spaces (and larger, too) glare can be a problem. We’ve all had to duck and squint at 4 p.m. when the blinds are reflected on the surface of the TV screen.
Erin McDermott of WindowGenie explained the benefits of window film:
“It allows a small space to BREATHE! Bulky curtains, drapes, blinds or shades only clutter the window space, blocking natural light from coming in and inhabitants from looking out and feeling connected to the outside world!”
Erin shared that “having natural light flow in helps bring a space to life.”
Indeed. Optimizing your space, adding a few specialized pieces of hardware, and letting the light shine in can, in concert, make room for your TV in the most elegant fashion.
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