DIY: Mount Up

The TV in the master bedroom is a widely debated topic. Some seem to think that the tube will rob your bedroom of all serenity, while some think of it as a must have to wind down at the end of the day. Or maybe you’re like my lady, who likes to get her daily dose of news as she gets ready in the morning. We seem to have found ourselves somewhere in the middle. We liked the idea of the occasional lazy movie in bed, and Kim is hooked on the Today Show as she preps for a long day at the office (I personally think she has a thing for Matt Lauer). At the same time, we wanted a clean subdued look that wouldn’t call any unnecessary attention to the shiny, pretty toy.

A year or so ago, we framed two prints from our wedding with the idea of eventually using them to flank a small TV with a built in DVD player. We decided to hang them on the wall at the foot of the bed, where a TV would end up if we eventually pulled the trigger. And then we proceeded to hem and haw over the decision for the next twelve months.

Christmas came along this year and we found ourselves with a nice little pile of Best Buy gift cards, so we finally picked up a baby¬†19″ Insignia LCD TV with a built-in DVD player. After all that time, all it took was a little prodding from Santa and a generous gift from the folks (thanks Mom and Dad!). Along with our tiny TV, we picked up a low-profile wall mount to keep the little guy as out of the way as possible. A right angle Cable adapter (the gold do-dad in the right image) and a longer dual right-angle power cord help to keep the cables flush and free from kinks.

Running the cables behind the wall is really quite easy if you have the right tools. After using a stud-finder to ensure my path was clear behind the drywall, I used a hole saw attached to my power drill (like how it matches the paint? I planned that…) to cut perfect 1.5″ holes into the drywall at the top and bottom of my cable routing path. I used a weight tied to a piece of string to line up the holes, then fed the string from the top hole through the bottom. You can then proceed to tape your cables to the end of the string, which will make feeding everything through from top to bottom much, much easier.

After everything was fed through the proper holes, I used a generic switch-plate cover to tidy up the hole a bit.

This whole project, start to finish took about an hour and could probably be handled by just about anyone who is comfortable with power tools. The finished product turned out exactly as we planned, and we couldn’t be happier with how closely the size of the TV matches the size of the photo frames. And as always, we couldn’t have done it without Jack’s help. Thanks, little fella.

But now that we’ve confessed that we’re TV-in-the-bedroom kind of folk, we’d like to hear where you stand. Is it a no-no? Or is it a “who cares” kind of deal? Having friends that openly shun any between-the-sheets television behavior, we’re itching to read your thoughts. And if you are a tube watchin’ crew as you hit the sack, we want to know that too.

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  • Danielle - February 25, 2010 - 9:15 AM

    So funny, I just did a post about my husband nagging me for a Flat Screen TV! We have a very small TV in our room also, but we are rarely up there watching TV. I could go either way with it to be honest. But I must say, I love your TV with the framed pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Twenty-Six To Life - February 25, 2010 - 10:21 AM

    I could also go either way. Right now we have a 10 year old panasonic in there that refuses to die, lol. We very rarely watch TV in there. Love the way yours turned out though, it looks great.ReplyCancel

  • jillian - February 25, 2010 - 10:28 AM

    so funny that we both caved at the same time! everything in moderation right? and since TV is a thing that you can watch in moderation in your bedroom, it’s perfect! p.s. perfect pairing with the pics! i’m itching to get a few of our almost 5 year old wedding photos hung in our bedroom too! ha!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 25, 2010 - 10:41 AM

      Jillian, get those photos hung, girl!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog - February 25, 2010 - 10:38 AM

    We have one! I actually had a 20something inch LG before Nate moved in so now his is downstairs and mine is in the bedroom. We built shelves in the closet to keep it more low-key.

    I’m impressed with how cleanly you mounted your tv. It looks great between the two frames.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - February 25, 2010 - 10:41 AM

      Kasey, hiding a tv in the closet is a perfect solution! Love that. What a great idea for a room that can provide that type of set up.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - February 25, 2010 - 10:42 AM

    I think a TV in the bedroom is fine as long as it’s not constantly on. I think it’s a great way to snuggle with your hunny while watching a movie. Yours really looks great and unobtrusive, too!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - February 25, 2010 - 1:44 PM

    I’ve always been on the fence about this one…but I’m starting to lean more towards wanting one in our bedroom…especially since we only have one tv and don’t always want to watch the same things. I love how sleek and unobtrusive your set is – it looks great and fits right in with those gorgeous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - February 25, 2010 - 2:00 PM

    We have a 27″ in our bedroom however, it is not nicely mounted like yours or tucked away like Kasey’s. It’s just propped up on the cable box on the corner of our dresser. I’m always looking for ideas on how to conceal it and maybe we can try a little something like this at some point. Thanks for the idea!

    Btw…love the wall color.ReplyCancel

  • michelle - February 25, 2010 - 8:35 PM

    when we first got married we had a tv in our bedroom but decided we wanted to try not having one in there for awhile. it has been about a year now and we are both itching to bring one back in. we enjoy watching some late night tv and have lately been falling asleep on the couch. also it is a nice way for me, a self proclaimed worrier, to switch on something, set the sleep timer, and drift off without thinking about all the deadlines i have looming! i’m so excited to share this post with my husband to show him even we could mount a tv. now just to find a good deal on a new tube!ReplyCancel

  • Scott - February 25, 2010 - 9:01 PM

    Good luck swaying your significant others, Michelle, Kelly and Kat! Be sure to keep us updated on how things turn out.ReplyCancel

  • Armana - February 26, 2010 - 1:19 PM

    Wouldn’t be without a TV in the bedroom! It’s some of the only time we have to support our movie/show addictions.
    We actually use an iMac computer as our TV since we rarely actually watch live television.
    Thank you Hulu and Netflix!ReplyCancel

  • dave - February 26, 2010 - 9:45 PM

    Scott,
    Great job mounting the tube! How did you get thru the studs inside the wall?ReplyCancel

  • Scott - February 27, 2010 - 7:05 AM

    We lucked out! Both the cable wiring and the power outlet were inside the same 16″ stud gap, with no cross beam. Pretty much dropped the cables down from top to bottom and fished them through with my fingers. It couldn’t have been easier.ReplyCancel

  • michael - February 27, 2010 - 9:47 AM

    As long as it doesn’t interfere with the bidniss that must be taken care of from time to time, then it’s not all bad.ReplyCancel

  • Scott - February 27, 2010 - 12:29 PM

    Michael, of course we turn it off when it’s time to sleep.ReplyCancel

  • Monnaie Ernakulam - June 17, 2014 - 2:01 AM

    Nice Interior Designing!ReplyCancel

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