Good Question: Best Room Layout for AV?

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AT:HT Reader Jan writes to us: I recently downsized from a very large 1-bedroom in the outer boroughs to a small Jr. 1 in Manhattan. Coming with me: My obnoxiously big 42" tube TV, which was even too large for the previous space (thank my ex) but is too new (and was too expensive) for me to ditch just yet.

I was planning on hiding it and the components in a lovely armoir--like, say, the Room and Board Mondo Armoire. I don't otherwise have any large storage units in the room (except the built-in cabinets under the window). But now I am beginning to wonder whether that will just make the room even more crowded and cramped, and whether I shouldn't just leave the TV out, on a media unit.

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What do you think? Furniture rearranging tips also welcome. I have tried the sofa where the orange chair is, to separate the living space from the dining space, but it felt too clunky there--like it bisected the room TOO much.

Thanks in advance!
Jan

Hi Jan,

Thanks for the question. It does seem like the armoire would be too heavy for the room, shortening the depth/width of the room. Two options
for size comparison would be the Bonde and the Leksivk. With the Bonde, we can see the TV staying where it's at right now, and it's low profile will line up with the rest of the furniture in the room.

With the Leksivk, it could be placed in one "corner" and then the furniture rotated about 45 degrees within the room. It would block one or two of the cabinets, but if you placed the tv stand on felt squares, it could be slid out to access less-used items in the cabinets.

AT:HT readers, what ideas do you have?

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