Location Ideas for a Flat Screen

Unlike the old box TVs your parents had in the corner of the living room, the slim form factor of today's flat-panel displays makes them ideal for anyone who wants to be creative with their room design. There are many interesting and functional places to place a TV without sacrificing its viewability.

Over a Fireplace

Fireplaces are already a focal point in most homes, so they are often a natural place to mount a flat-screen TV, but you have to be aware of the temperature. The operating temperature for Samsung LED TVs, for example, doesn't exceed 104 degrees Fahrenheit. A wide mantel below the TV will protect it in some cases, but you should use a thermometer while a fire is burning before mounting a TV over the fireplace. If it's a wood-burning fireplace, watch for ash that could accumulate on the TV and its vents.

On the Wall

Hanging a flat-panel TV on a wall is the most convenient location for many rooms. When selecting a mounting kit, pay close attention to its depth. Samsung Mini Wall Mounts have a profile between 0.7 and 1.6 inches, which is enough to ventilate the TV without making its profile the center of attention in a small room.

Cabinets, Closets and Bookcases

If you don't watch a lot of TV in a small room, like a bedroom or home office, positioning the TV in a cabinet or closet keeps it out of the way when it isn't in use, while making it available just by sliding open a door. Placing a small TV on a shelf in a book case or mounting it on the wall above a shelf also minimizes its impact on a room without affecting your view.

TVs as Art

With a sturdy pedestal and a nearby closet to tuck away your Blu-ray player, you can showcase your TV as a work of art. This works particularly well in a room without much wall space. Upload the Picasa app to your Smart TV and set it to slideshow mode to have the TV function as a digital picture frame.

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