Something you don't see every day is an easel being used as a TV stand. But with the advent of flat-screen TVs, it's something that more people can easily do, according to Housebeautiful.com's Style Director Newell Turner. "It's not trying to be something that it's not," notes Newell about this set-up, "but it kind of treats the TV and what you're watching as art." Don't attempt this, though, unless you're sure your easel can safely carry the weight of your TV.
Buy a wooden studio easel designed to hold heavy canvases that exceed the weight of your TV. Research its weight limit with the manufacturer.
Tighten all the screws on the easel.
Assemble the mounting kit according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Remove the easel's top bracket if it appears like it will interfere with the placement of the TV. You'll put it back on later.
Lay a sheet or blanket on a flat surface and lay the flat-screen TV on top of it, screen facing down.
Connect the wall mount to the easel with the provided bolts. Use the sides of the easel as opposed to the top support.
Attach the wall mount brackets to the back of the television according to the directions on the packaging.
Move the easel where it will be located long-term. Make sure this area isn't high-traffic. Carefully lift the television and have a partner secure the back of it to the mount on the easel.
Slide the easel's top bracket back on the frame (if you had to remove it) and onto the top of the TV. Adjust and tighten the easel to angle your television to your liking.
To prevent tipping by children or others, secure the TV/easel to the wall with a securing strap.
Tips and warnings
- To prevent tipping by children or others, secure the TV/easel to the wall with a securing strap.
Things you need
- Flat-screen wall mounting bracket
- Allen wrench
- TV smaller than 32 inches
- Wooden easel with stable base (check with easel's manufacturer to gauge its capability)