While you may be very proud of your flat screen TV, there may come a time when you prefer it to be a bit more decorative than it actually is. Whether you want to hide your TV away at times or you just want to spruce up how it looks in general, we have found 10 genius ways that you can disguise it.
From building a cabinet to hide the TV completely to simply putting a DIY frame around it, you can make that television look like you spent a fortune on it, even if you bought it at a yard sale.
There are many ways to add a bit of elegance and glamour to your home without spending a lot of time or money. These ingenious TV disguises are both beautiful and practical and the best part is you can do them all yourself and most of them take very little time and just a few supplies that you may already have on hand.
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Frame It In Fencing
You can build a beautiful rustic looking frame around your TV using old fencing. If you have some wooden fencing lying around or you can pick some up at a yard sale somewhere, you can use those boards to build a very interesting frame around your television and it will look like you had it custom built.
With some door casing trim, you can put a beautiful spin on your television frame and make it match any décor. This entire project costs less than $25 from start to finish and you can complete the entire thing in less than a weekend. Pick up the casing trim and shelving at your local hardware or home improvement store and the other supplies you probably already have on hand.
Hide It Behind Art
If you prefer to have beautiful artwork gracing your walls instead of the TV most of the time, you can easily build a bracket that will allow you to actually hang your artwork over your television to hide it away. When you want to watch television, you simply raise the artwork up and the TV is right underneath it.
Mix It In With Silhouettes
By displaying your flat screen on the wall with various artwork, it will virtually be hidden away while it is actually in plain view. You just have to choose the frames that you want and select images to fit those frames. The key is in making all of your hangings look like they belong together and then the TV just magically fits in.
Put It Behind Closed Doors
Put it behind closed barn doors, that is. Making sliding barn doors to cover your TV is probably a lot easier than you think. The doors are installed on tracks so that they actually slide to cover the television when it is not in use. When you want to watch, just open the barn doors and let the fun out.
Install Sliding Panels
If you want to really add some décor to the spot where your television sits, you can use sliding panels to display artwork that actually hides the TV. This is a great project for your creative types because you can decorate the panels yourself with some paint or stain and a bit of imagination.
Close the Shutters
Shutters are great for hiding the TV and for giving your home that rustic country look. The shutters open and close to easily gain access to the television when needed and you can hang a small picture, clock or some other décor on them to make them look a bit more decorative. This is great because you can paint or stain the shutters whatever color you need to match your existing décor.
Hide It In Plain Sight
Sometimes you just have to use a little imagination to get to the end result. You don’t actually have to completely hide your TV away to have it hidden from view. You can build a beautiful cabinet around it that looks just like a fireplace, only with your TV screen inside. This is a beautiful way to add a bit of elegance to your home and when you are not watching TV, you can simply put up a lovely fireplace screen to really hide the television from sight.
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Put It Behind the Curtains
You can create beautiful curtains to hide your television if of course it is encased in an entertainment center. These easy no sew curtains will take you only a little while to make and they require absolutely no sewing. You just choose the fabric that best matches your décor and you can just pull the curtains anytime you want to hide the TV away from view.
Give It A Lift
TV lifts are great. They are discreet and allow you to completely hide your television away when you don’t want it showing. Although some of these lifts can be a bit expensive, you can actually build your own. This project is a bit more difficult than simply hiding your television behind a picture but if you have any DIY in you at all, you can pull it off in a weekend. You can choose to install a lift above the fireplace or in a dresser or cabinet, whatever you choose.