Wall unit ideas for desk & tv

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Wall unit ideas for desk & tv
A computer desk needs ample surface space. (mouse on the desk image by Alexey Klementiev from Fotolia.com)

Using a wall unit that combines the functions of a computer desk with a television stand is a way to save space and integrate technology in a living room, media room or space-starved dorm room. TV and desk wall units need to combine all the necessary elements of a desk and a TV stand to be both functional and attractive.

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TV Wall Mount

One advantage of combining a TV wall unit with a desk is the elimination of another unnecessary screen. Computer users can use the same large screen that TV viewers watch from across the room. However, a wall unit has limited surface space and even a slim-profile TV can take up valuable space.

Using a wall mount to hang the television above the desktop not only frees up space but also puts the screen closer to eye level, which is ideal for computer users. It can also raise the television screen above desktop items, like a keyboard, mouse or printer, to give viewers a clear view from a lower seating position, like a couch or chair, at a greater distance across the room.

Shelving Surround

One requirement desks and TV wall units share is the need for storage. Computer peripherals, printer paper, DVDs, CDs and other items combine to take up a great deal of space.

A TV and desk wall unit can include flexible storage space, such as adjustable-height shelves and cabinets large enough to accommodate organisers, bins and hanging files. Units with shelves that surround the television offer the most storage options and help integrate the technology into the room.

Wireless Peripherals

Another space saving option for a wall unit that doubles as a desk and TV unit is the use of wireless computer peripherals. These items, most of which use infrared (IR) or Bluetooth connections, can operate a TV or computer from across the room. Users can use a wireless keyboard, mouse or trackpad from a seat across the room, which makes a desk chair unnecessary. Wireless devices also eliminate the clutter that comes from cords in most media centres.

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