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I'm having a wardrobe fitted in the master bedroom of our house, and I'm in a bit of a conundrum as to where I'm going to put the TV. The room itself isn't big, when the wardrobe's fitted it will look something like this:

Master bedroom

The wardrobe isn't going to be big enough to fit the TV inside as well as having enough room for the storage we need. The TV size is 40", we watch a lot of TV in the bedroom and, while I wouldn't mind if I had to reduce the size a little (perhaps as low as 32"), I'd prefer not to have the extra expense.

We've looked over several solutions but unable to find anything suitable.

  • Wall-mounted, swivel TV bracket
    We feel this would look untidy as we have several boxes connecting (Sky box, blu-ray) with wires. A wireless HD solution would fix this too, but again, it's even more expense.
  • Ceiling mounted TV lift
    This is the dream solution, but those things are ridiculously expensive.
  • Ottoman with TV lift
    Slightly cheaper than the ceiling mount idea, but taking extra space at the end of the bed and shrinking the available floor space.
  • Bed with TV lift at the foot
    We have a really nice bed and we're reluctant to change it. Of course, this is also an expensive option.

I had an idea of my own, but I'm not sure how viable it is. I wondered if there were any mounts which would allow the TV to lift up into a horizontal position and slide backwards into the wardrobe, laying flat on a shelf above the hanging rails. This would mean we would have to live without sliding doors, but it seems like a neat solution to the problem. I've seen this bracket, but it's only for small TVs.

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Does anyone have any better ideas, or a way to implement my own idea?

EDIT

The dimensions of the nook, which will effectively be the external space of the wardrobe, are about W74" x D36" x H95".

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you could put it under the bed: youtube.com/watch?v=rWFAEghVfEw –  BMitch Dec 22 '11 at 11:55
    
@BMitch: the fact that I can't even find a price for that says a lot :-) Does look cool, though. –  Andy E Dec 22 '11 at 12:29
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How about a ceiling mounted TV projector with the closet doors as the screen. –  Niall C. Dec 22 '11 at 14:14
    
What is above the room? Could you have the tv drop down through the ceiling? –  Tester101 Dec 22 '11 at 15:38
    
Your solution might not work with a larger TV, since you'd have to pull the tv out fairly far from the wardrobe to be able to fold it up/down. –  Tester101 Dec 22 '11 at 17:39

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I like the ceiling idea. If you could find someone with some fab / welding skills it shouldn't be too much work to make one up. You usually just need a flat piece of steel with some holes drilled through it for the back of the TV. Then it just needs to be connected to either a pipe or square stick that is then welded to a plate on the ceiling (or goes through the ceiling).

It's probably way cheaper to go that route than it is to buy one of the commercial editions.

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My dad has pretty good welding skills so I could ask him to help. I just thought it must be so expensive for a reason. –  Andy E Dec 23 '11 at 8:59
    
I'm guessing that it's just because it hasn't become a commodity product yet. If you do go that route please post a pic! –  RQDQ Dec 24 '11 at 22:26

I don't understand why having several boxes is a problem for the swivel wall mount, but not for a ceiling/etc mount? Either way you have to have the boxes somewhere, and I assume you didn't intend for them to be hanging from the ceiling..


The wall mount is simple. You can use a mount like this:

Monoprice wall mount


Put all your other equipment in the wardrobe/closet. Get a couple long HDMI cables (or whatever you need) to connect to the TV.

Alternatively, you can also get wall-mount shelves for mounting equipment, if you don't mind seeing it sitting out (and of course, you can use any random shelf from anywhere, if you like):

equipment mount


You can use an IR Repeater so you're able to control the devices even if you can't see them.

Smarthome IR repeater


You can use some kind of cable wrap or wire raceway (eg Wiremold) to route the wires over (which looks WAY neater than just having a bundle of wires):

velcro cable wrap wiremold raceway

Alternatively, if you're really adventurous, route the wires through the walls (and/or ceiling). Since you're on an exterior wall this would be a huge pain (due to vapour barrier and insulation), and personally, I wouldn't do it.

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This might be the option we end up choosing, but still, I'd prefer not to have the TV on the wall. Yes, I was going to put the boxes in the wardrobe and use an IR repeater all along anyway. –  Andy E Dec 23 '11 at 9:01

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