Flat-screen TVs are a revolutionary concept in in-home entertainment that eliminate the need for their bulky predecessors, which took up precious space in a room. The thin profile of a flat-screen allows you to hide it from sight completely when not in use. Depending on your budget and space, there are a number of ways you can accomplish this.
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Keep your flat-screen in an entertainment cabinet. Make sure it's a proper size to accommodate your TV, and is in a style that matches the rest of your room decor Close the doors when the TV is not in use. Some cabinets come with a retractable shelf that slides out when you're watching TV, while others have a door.
Build a recessed cabinet directly into your wall in the area where you plan to keep the flat-screen TV. Because of the narrow width, you don't need that much space in terms of depth. Install a roll-top door, sliding door or cabinet doors to cover the TV.
Install a curtain rod and curtains as though your wall-mounted television were a window. Hang the curtains at a height that matches the windows in the room and use matching curtains and mounting hardware for continuity. Close the curtains to hide the TV.
Place a panelled room divider with hinges in front of the TV.
Use a remote-controlled retractable canvas to hide the TV. These devices install above the TV and use a remote to move a canvas, which contains a piece of art.
Place your flat-screen TV on a piece of furniture that raises the TV when you want to watch it and retracts it into the furniture when you want to hide it. This type of furniture comes in forms for the living room or bedroom.
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