Good Questions: Plasma TV + Decor

Good Questions: Plasma TV + Decor

Gregory Han
Sep 10, 2007

Jaime is tackling the classic "big TV vs. tasteful decor" problem: I need the help of you and your readers. My husband and i just bought a loft and moved in this week. The one decorating decision he insisted was off limits to me was his choice of television. He bought an insane 50" plasma TV and he is in love. I need some sort of furniture item to put the TV on. Our place is a bit Jonathan Adler (Regency chairs), a bit industrial loft (cement floors), with some MidCentury modern (Platner coffee table). We'd like to get something for against the wall to house this giant thing and also be under $2000. Originally we were going to do built ins with shelving around it but we can't afford. Do you have any ideas??

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Jaime, our recommendation is to forgo the huge piece of furniture and just wall mount that 50" bad boy of movie watching goodness. We have our own 42" LCD HDTV wall mounted (a Samsung also) and it's at the perfect viewing height and distance. We wall mounted our set ourselves, and we hid the cables and cords using a white flexible wire hiding plastic tube that blends into the wall. But since you own, you could actually drill a whole into the wall and snake everything through the wall to create a wireless effect which we can only dream of as renters.

Your other choice is to find a low level credenza or console (we cringe when we see people mount their HDTV's too high in spaces such as over the fireplace) with enough width for the unit to comfortably and safely sit upon. A favourite of our's is the Sussex Low Console from Design Within Reach. You don't want to house your plasma in a fully enclosed space, since the unit will produce a lot of heat; excessive heat is not recommended for any electronics, but especially one worth several thousands of dollars.

Perhaps one of our readers with a large set and large solution could share their recommendations?

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