Hidden TV Cabinet
Hidden TV Cabinet – The Trend Toward Hiding Your TV
Everybody has a giant TV now. Hide yours!
At the rate that technology is advancing, it is becoming more and more common to see a big, flat panel TV hanging on the Living Room wall of your average household. Just like microwaves back in the 80’s, what was once a luxury item is now becoming commonplace. Dirt cheap deals for plasma and LCD TV’s can even be found at Walmart.
I remember seeing my first plasma TV. It was hanging on the wall at Best Buy in Boulder, CO when I was in college in the late 90’s…and the asking price, a mere $20,000. That TV wasn’t even that big, not by today’s standards. Today I am looking at Best Buy’s website, and there is a 42″ plasma TV for sale for $500. Yes, that’s right. The flat screen television is no longer a luxury item.
What once was a status symbol, i.e. an object you would proudly display to demonstrate your wealth and success, is now so commonplace that it has become tacky to have your television on display. Thus, the trend towards the hidden TV. And if you follow the trends, you too are looking for ways to hide your TV.
So how do I hide my TV?
There are so many ways! There are many non-automated methods for hiding your television, but all of my favorite ways are hi-tech, electrical, mechanical, and/or remote controlled.
The TV lift is the staple of automated TV concealment. The basic idea is that the television is hidden within a cabinet of some sort. It is mounted to a motorized framework. You push a button or flip a switch, and the TV rises majestically into view.
Hi-tech, motorized, remote controlled, perfect picture quality. All the aspects I like.
Two Way Mirrors
A two way mirror is a mirror that is only partially reflective. They are commonly used in police interrogation rooms. A two way mirror separates two rooms. One of the rooms is well lit, and the other room is kept dark. From the well lit room, you can only see your reflection in the mirror. However from the dark room, you can partially see through the mirror. Several companies make framed two way mirrors that fit over your mounted flat screen television. When the TV is off, you see your reflection in the mirror. When the TV is on though, the television picture shows through.
There are a few downfalls to this method. First, the picture quality of the TV will suffer, as you will be watching through a shaded piece of glass. Depending on the lighting in your room, you may see glare and reflection off the mirror. Like the interrogation room, the TV screen must be brighter than your room, otherwise you will get glare and reflections on the mirror disrupting the picture. These work best in dimly lit rooms with people who are not too nit picky about perfect picture quality.
This is an interesting concept. A piece of artwork covers your television. It is mounted to a motorized framework. At the touch of a button or switch, the artwork lifts up revealing your television.
Also hi-tech, motorized, remote controlled, and nothing to disrupt your picture quality. The main down side is space requirements. If you don’t have enough room above your television, this method may not be the best option for you.
Remote Control Mirrors
This is another spin on hiding your television behind a mirror. At first glance, all you see is a mirror on your wall. At the touch of a remote control, the mirror splits in half and gracefully moves, each panel cantilevering outward and revealing the hidden television within.
Hi tech, motorized, remote controlled, and perfect picture quality. Again, like the moving artwork, the main limitation is space. You will need enough space on either side of the flat panel TV for the mirror panels to move.