Good Questions: What furniture should I use to mount my flatscreen?

Good Questions: What furniture should I use to mount my flatscreen?

Aaron Able
Aug 28, 2007

Hello AT,
I'm looking at some good options to have my 42" Panasonic Plasma TV mounted on the wall. Those sleek pictures in the ads look great, but the reality is there are tradeoffs: how flexible is the wiring, is it feasible on dry wall, or does it need plywood backing, etc. I've come across a couple of good options: the Muro wall unit from Design Within Reach (pictured, left), and the much more expensive one from MDF Italia. I'm looking for something stylish and functional. Any opinions or suggestions?

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We think the Muro is a nice option because it is unfinished and allows you to paint or wallpaper it to perfectly blend in with your decor. While it is a bit pricey at $580 (unfinished!), we would trust it with your $2000 television...

DWR's Muro Media Storage.

Other options include these more traditional media cabinet designs that allow you to hang your television on the furniture, rather than the wall — perfect for renters!

DWR'sMin Media Wall On sale for $1,099

Crate & Barrel's Loop Media Stand combo (2 pieces) $598

The demand for media furniture that works well with flat-screen televisions is trickling down — fast. On our most recent trip to IKEA we noticed atleast a half a dozen options for thin televisions (most of them were very low and shallow stands). Anyone else have suggestions?

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