There's not a long list of industrious uses for that hard-to-reach, cropped cabinet above the refrigerator in the kitchen. Maybe somewhere to hide all those long neglected kitchen appliances you bought but stopped using. But there's at least one great solution: this one. Can you guess what's hiding in this unsuspecting kitchen storage?
Those that can afford the luxury of an extra television for their food preparation area get to enjoy music, movies and, most important of all, the Food Network, while they prep dinner or put away the groceries.
But hosting a television in the kitchen brings its own set of annoyances to an otherwise screen-free and mostly wire-free room. Where do you put the set so it's visible? Then how do you keep it from taking over the room? And what do you do with the cords so they're not running across your countertops? All of those questions are given a swift kick out of the equation with this solution from Rita Brownstein of Design Megillah.
Rita showed off this handy solution, inspired by Pinterest, as part of a recent kitchen re-design reveal on her blog.
An inexpensive set of drawer hardware is installed inside the cabinet, then a compact television is mounted to the end of the would-be drawer. When you want to host your own Chopped cook-a-long marathon in the kitchen, the TV is up high and easily visible (the smaller your kitchen, the more neck strain might come into the picture). When you're finished, just slide the TV rig back into the cabinet and shut the doors. You'd never know it was there!
To recreate the setup, note you'll need a small enough HDTV measured to fit your specific storage space, while also securing the set using a tilting wall mount. One of the highest customer rated HDTV models in the 22" range is the Samsung UN22F5000, which will set you back $227.61 but still provide full 1080p resolution and even two HDMI connections; a slightly less expensive and lower definition Magnavox 22ME402V/F7 will leave you a little bit more to invest in an inexpensive tilting wall mount (starting at $9.99, with tilt-and-swivel models just a little more). Connect it to a wireless receiver like the one one of our team recently tested out around the house and you're all set!
(Images: Rita Brownstein/Design Megillah; as linked above)