How to Decorate Flat-Panel TV Covers

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How to Decorate Flat-Panel TV Covers
Disguise your TV behind a hand-decorated cover. (sofa and tv image by Pavel Losevsky from

Create and decorate a cover to disguise your flat-panel TV as a part of the room's decor when you aren't watching the TV. As TVs continue to get thinner, they are easier to keep out-of-sight when not in use, allowing you to utilise more of your space for decor purposes. Hiding your TV in a creative manner is especially appealing in a room that isn't often used for watching TV.

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Things you need

  • TV cover
  • Plywood (cut to the dimensions of your TV)
  • Stencil (optional)
  • Transfer paper (optional)
  • Thick pencil
  • Paint and supplies
  • Frame (optional)

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    Make or purchase a TV cover that fits your flat-panel TV in a snug fashion. Use the exact measurements of your TV if you are purchasing a cover for the best results.

  2. 2

    Cut a piece of plywood to match the exact dimensions of your TV. Purchase the plywood pre-cut to your specific dimensions if you don't have the tools or experience necessary.

  3. 3

    Fit the cover over the plywood. This will make it pull the cover taut, the way it will be on your TV, thus making it easier to decorate the fabric.

  4. 4

    Draw your basic art design directly onto the canvas. Draw freehand if you can. If not, use large stencils or transfer paper to get the results you want. Use a thick pencil to draw the outline of your design. The design can be an abstract, contemporary design, a picture of your family, flowers, the mountains or any image you desire. It should complement the rest of the decor in your room.

  5. 5

    Paint the picture or images you created. Fill in any details of the image, using colours that complement the rest of the decor. For example, if the TV is in a formal living room, consider painting a bouquet of flowers or hillside. Bright pink polka dots over a black cover would make sense for a teenage girl's room that is decorated in pink.

  6. 6

    Allow the paint at least 24 hours to completely dry by leaving the TV cover on the plywood, laying flat in a clean and uninterrupted environment, such as a guest bedroom or (clean) garage floor.

  7. 7

    Put the cover over your TV to admire your masterpiece. For a formal room, consider building or purchasing a "frame" to make the cover look like a framed piece of artwork when the TV is not in use.

Tips and warnings

  • Make a few different covers to switch out throughout the year or for holidays.
  • Splatter bright paint on the cover in a random fashion for a modern look.
  • Use your children's hand prints and foot prints to decorate a cover for their playroom.
  • Consider having a family photograph printed directly onto the cover.
  • Embroider an inspirational message or your family monogram onto the cover if it suits your style more than a picture or image.

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