Highlight Your Flat Screen With Plywood & Pipe

When we moved into our downtown Kansas City loft earlier this summer, our space came with a few techy bonuses. The previous tenants left their wall mounted TV's and sound equipment, but even better, it's displayed beautifully and they did a heck of a job hiding the wiring in plain sight while staying on a budget!

Moving into a space where televisions and sound systems came complimentary felt a bit awkward at first — almost like adopting someone else's children. In our case, we were proud to know that the hard work was put in by Apartment Therapy and Unplggd reader Kimberly and her husband.

The main television in the unit has been backed by a sheet of plywood that not only hides any ugly mounting hardware, but centers the unit in the space. Instead of trying to make it look smaller and tucked away, it makes it front and center and part of the room. By having something on the wall that is far larger than the television itself, it makes it feel almost hidden, even though it's in plain sight for all to see.

The wiring has all been run through the wall with an outlet below to add additional components as time goes on. The surround sound has been made to feel like part of the space and was partly wired through the wall with the rest of the cable coming out of the top of the drywall and running across the ceiling.

They were concealed with plumbers pipe and a few brackets. With the industrial nature of the ceiling, they blend right in and look just as "converted warehouse" as the rest of the exposed air ducts and pipes.

Even though our own television and sound system sits in storage, we've been happy to reside in a space that was well executed and has made TV and movie watching a real pleasure! So remember next time you're apartment hunting, make sure to ask if the previous tenant was an Unplggd reader! You might be getting a few extra bonuses in the deal.

(Images: Sarah Rae Trover)