While your home theater and speakers deliver impressive visuals and sound, they’re rarely designed with your home’s interior design in mind. TVs may be thinner than in the past, and high-end speakers often have a futuristic look, but they still draw attention away from other décor in a space.
Living with these unsightly electronic behemoths is simply a face of life, right? It turns out that’s not the case. With clever planning and engineering, it’s easy to hide your home audio/video gear in discreet locations while still being accessible whenever you need them. Here’s how Florida homeowners in the Hypoluxo area can give their media room or home theater a makeover with hidden A/V.
Whether you’ve opted for a screen and projector or use a TV, your display is the largest piece of your home A/V system. The significant size of your display often makes it the most challenging element to conceal in your home.
Of course, there’s an easy solution if you use a projector: Just roll up the screen. If you’d prefer a more traditional display and want one that’s easy to hide, LG’s Signature OLED TV R9 features a screen that can roll down into the base.
Don’t despair if neither of these solutions fits your situation; there are still several ways to hide your TV and clean up your interior design. One approach is to make your display resemble a piece of art on your wall. You can do this yourself, if you want, by adding a decorative frame around the edge of the screen and setting your TV to show your personal photos or a piece of art when it’s idle. Alternatively, manufacturers like Frame My TV and Seura make displays that look like a mirror or piece of art until you’re ready to watch something.
As a last resort, you can conceal your display inside a piece of furniture or behind a wall panel. Either option requires special furniture or alterations to your walls. If this approach is what you decide on, however, we’ll help you make it happen.
The best way to hide your speakers is to move them off your floor entirely. In-wall and in-ceiling speakers still deliver high-quality sound, and they can be mounted flush with the wall or ceiling surface to make them effectively invisible.
One hurdle to keep in mind with hidden speakers is the necessary wiring. You’ll need to run wires from your amplifier or receiver to your speakers through the walls. This kind of work is easy enough if you’re building a new home, but an extensive renovation can be costly and time-consuming. Another important note: Your subwoofer will still need to be placed on the floor somewhere, but it can go in an out-of-the-way corner since bass tones are omnidirectional.
Now that we’ve covered your display and speakers, the biggest remaining component of your A/V system is likely your receiver or amplifier. The best way to hide your amp or receiver is to stash it in a utility closet or another isolated spot. This keeps the device and wiring hidden from view, which makes for a cleaner installation. If you’ve installed hidden speakers, the only part of your A/V system that can still be seen is your screen.
If you’re considering a new home audio/video installation or upgrade, don’t tackle a project like that by yourself. To learn more about our home audio/video systems, call us at (954) 650-3074, click on the chat box in the corner of your Internet browser or fill out our online contact sheet.