Space Planning: Where Do I Put the TV?

Space Planning: Where Do I Put the TV?

Abby Stone
Jan 11, 2011

Let's face it. TV has become central to our lives and its prominence is only increasing. And, while I love watching TV, having it front and center makes me feel like a guy in his first bachelor apartment. Putting the TV in the bedroom is one option but, apart from possibly killing the romance (although I love watching TV cuddled up in bed with someone), what if I have people over to watch a movie or some event television like the Golden Globes or The Emmys? Would we all pile in my bed? For right now, the TV's staying in the living room. The question becomes, which wall to put it on?

Side Wall: Originally I felt strongly about putting it on the side wall. There were a couple of reasons this seemed like a good idea: I could just run the cable over the kitchen doorway myself without having to call in the cable guy, I wouldn't have to move the very heavy poster, it was out of the way, I usually watch TV while lying on the couch anyway so it would be good placement, I liked the visual of seeing the poster when you walk into the house as opposed to the TV. But opinions were heavily weighted against this idea.

Back Wall: Putting it on the back wall means it's more conducive to having people over to join me. If we're playing a game, there's more room to swing your arms or rock out. To get around the problem of walking into the house and being confronted by the TV, Gregory, over on Unpluggd, suggested I work to distract the eye away from the TV. One option would be to put a wide couch table with knick knacks on it and a few pictures below it. A vintage lamp I recently got picks up the blue green color in the poster. Placed on the table alongside the knick knacks, it may act as another deterrent by steering the eye from the lamp to the side wall where the poster is and skipping over the TV entirely. Adding a second chair which faces towards the couch emphasizes that the focus is on hanging out and conversation rather than watching TV. Part of my feeling apprehensive about this idea was feeling hemmed in by where the cable is. I felt elated to learn that the cable company will do one move for free per year and that the cost, if I have to end up paying for it, is a lot less than I was imagining.

Image: Abby Stone; Photoshop rendering by Gregory Han

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