By Ande Waggener
So you’re ready to decorate your small living room, but you have one little problem: How to fit a TV into a small space?
Twenty, thirty years ago, tucking a TV into a small room wasn’t much of an issue. But now, unless you’re happy with a computer-monitor-sized flat screen (and who is?), putting a TV in a cramped room, without having it look King Kong let loose in a tiny tot daycare, is a challenge.
Face it: Most of us want that big flat screen TV even if we don’t have a room to put it in. But can we have our big TV and our small room too? Absolutely.
TV solutions for small spaces aren’t as hard to find as you might think. To fit a TV into a small space, you just need a little ingenuity and a little understanding of visual weight.
Here are seven space-saving TV ideas to get you started.
Repurpose a Console
Generally, you need ample space to include a console table in your living room layout because console tables are usually found hanging out behind sofas. But wait. What if you don’t use a console table as a console table?
The average depth of a console table is 14 to 18 inches. This makes such a table a pretty great wall-hugging addition to a room. Because of this, console tables can be awesome TV stands for small rooms, especially when those rooms are narrow.
Console tables range in length from about 30 inches to as much as 50 inches. You can fit a pretty large flat screen TV on a table of that length. If your TV is smaller, a console table can still work. You can either use the leftover surface for accent pieces, or you can let the console table itself be a design element in your room.
Reposition an End Table
Just as console tables don’t have to be behind sofas, end tables don’t have to be at the end of sofas. End tables can make excellent TV stands for small flat screen TVs. Just be sure you pick an end table that won’t jut out into the room very far. Square or circular end tables aren’t good choices. The best shape for an end table TV stand is a narrow rectangle or a half circle.
Top a Trunk
It’s common to use a trunk as a coffee table in small living rooms because small living rooms are usually found in homes that are short on storage space. But what if, instead of eating up floor space with the trunk, you push the trunk back against a wall and set your TV on it? You still end up with extra storage, but now you have a nice-sized TV stand and a bit more floor space. The extra floor space will counterbalance whatever visual weight the TV adds to your modest room.
Let it Hover
One of the most common ways to include a TV in a small living room is to hang it on the wall like art. The problem with this method is that no matter whether you hang your TV at optimal height or not, TVs tend to stand out when they’re surrounded by wall space.
But take that same TV hanging on the wall and let it hover above a wall-mounted bench or storage unit, and suddenly, the TV feels like it belongs in the room. The reason for this is that the low-profile furniture beneath the TV counters the TV’s visual weight so the TV doesn’t seem too heavy (in a visual sense) for the space it’s in.
Stack it Up
Speaking of storage space, another great TV stand for small spaces is one that acts as part of a multi-purpose furniture stack. This type of TV stand is low and open so you can tuck other furniture or storage containers beneath it. Layering a TV on top of this configuration tricks the eye so that the TV seems to blend more fully into the room.
You can take the stacking technique a little further when you have an extremely confined living area. First, you set the TV on either a stand above storage furniture or on just a piece of storage furniture like a shallow chest drawers or cabinet, and then you go above the TV and add shelving or cabinetry for display or more storage. Sandwiching the TV between the storage or display elements effectively “camouflages” the TV just enough so that it doesn’t dominate a limited space.
Blend it Into Your Décor
One of the snazziest ways to work a TV into a small room is by hiding it. If you have the budget, you can create a wall cut-out and hide your TV behind art or a mirror. But not everyone can afford to do that.
What you probably can afford, though, is creating a design scheme that blends with a flat-screen TV. To pull this off, your décor needs two things:
- The color black
- Geometric forms
If your interior design scheme is centered around bold geometric forms that include black, you can use the TV as one of your design elements. Doing this will, in essence, hide the TV in the totality of your design.
Although not every one of these TV solutions for small rooms will work in every space, hopefully at least one of them will be a fit for your room and your design personality.
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