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How to hide Your TV?

There are many interiors and places that looks great and have its own sophisticated design concept. And there are other rooms (like bedroom) where people don’t want a TV to be visible all the time. Regular TV will be a black ugly spot, no matter which location it is installed. In this article we will talk about the ways to hide a TV and solutions available in the market.

Mechanical Ways to hide a TV:

  • Pop Up TV Lifts. That kind of systems are integrated with a special cabinet and suitable for a certain range of the screen size range. For instance, 43”-55”.

Pop Up TV Lifts   Pop Up TV Lifts

When the lift is down – TV is not seen at all. Systems like this are controlled by a remote control and has electrical motor to drive a TV up and down. As of installation position – this type is often used in bedrooms for under bed installation, or close to a wall. Projects like this are mostly customized and expensive since the cabinet shall fit other furniture in a room.

  • Fold Down Ceiling TV Lifts. Another place to disguise a TV is the ceiling! Sounds strange but there are systems in the market to make it real:

Fold Down Ceiling TV Lifts   Fold Down Ceiling TV Lifts

This special installation solution can only be arranged during renovation works and reduces the ceiling height. But the effect is impressive indeed and that could be one of the best viewing positions for watching TV in a bedroom.

  • Sliding Artwork / Painting / Shades or Panels. There many suggestions to hide the TV behind sliding Artwork or other flat interior element. And it can be a very cost-effective way from the first glance. But it looks not perfect when you finally open it and it’s quite difficult to hide the sliding parts and make it good looking.

Sliding Artwork / Painting / Shades or Panels   Sliding Artwork / Painting / Shades or Panels

Optical Way to hide a TV:

  • TV behind a Mirror / Magic Mirror TV. Instead of concealing TV mechanically and find the place and the way to make it good looking and not too complicated there is completely different way – to hide a TV behind a Mirror. We at AVEL consider it is the most elegant, simple and convenient solution. To watch the TV, you just press one button and the plain mirror turns to a TV instantly. No complicated parts and mechanisms, no need to wait, no additional space required!

TV behind a Mirror / Magic Mirror TV   TV behind a Mirror / Magic Mirror TV

The only specific issue you shall keep in mind is the brightness reduce. Physical principle of semi-transparent mirror is the same for all TV disguised as Mirror whatever manufacturers say – it cuts brightness of the LCD/LED panel. So, when you consider installing a Mirror TV – don’t forget that curtains and dimmed light are required to watch it comfortably during the daytime. Of course, it brighter than a projector image, especially when you choose optimized Mirror type and high brightness model, but there is unavoidable reflection in the dark scenes anyway and we suggest keeping it in mind before arranging the installation.

Here below a table to show PROS and CONS of each solution and hope you will find it helpful to make the right choice:

Pop Up TV Lifts Fold Down Ceiling TV Lifts Sliding Artwork TV behind a Mirror
Overall Budget

Very High

Very High

Moderate

Medium

Ease of use

Good, motorized drive

Good, motorized drive

Not good, manual operation

Excellent, just turn the TV on

Installation Complexity

Can be installed to a finished room, but requires additional space for the cabinet

Only can be installed during renovation works

Only can be installed during renovation works (in most of the cases a requires a niche in the wall)

Only can be installed during renovation works

Appearance of the solution when the TV is ON/OFF

Excellent when OFF

Not good when ON

Good when OFF

Not good when ON

Excellent when OFF

Not good when ON

Excellent when OFF

Excellent ON