Wall mounted TV’s have become the norm and are turning into works of art in our homes, but there is one problem. Where do I store and hide all the necessary components and wires in an accessible, but decorative way?
There is something new in my living room that I am excited to show you. About a month ago, I moved the turquoise sideboard in my living room that I had used as furniture under my wall mounted TV. You may remember when I painted it turquoise about 5 years ago with DIY chalk paint.
I love this sideboard and when we moved to the lake house, we transformed it into a cabinet to hold all the TV components to keep them tidy and out of sight.
After making over the game room upstairs, we needed something to hold and hide the TV components in that room. Since the other turquoise painted piece of furniture from our previous house was already in the room, it made sense to move the turquoise sideboard upstairs.
Making this change left me without a piece of furniture for below the wall mounted tv in the living room. After doing some research and online shopping, I found the perfect piece…. it is a buffet.
Furniture Under a Wall Mounted TV
I knew I wanted the new piece of furniture to be white or neutral in color. I was looking at buffets, low cabinets, consoles, and sideboards. I knew whatever I found could easily be made into a place to hold and hide the TV components and wires with one simple tweak.
The biggest hurdle though was finding something to fit between the two sliding glass doors in the kitchen and living room. This narrowed my choices, plus it had to be under 42″ high to fit under the TV.
This beautifully made Halifax buffet is a perfect fit – Depth 19.75 in x Width 57.25 in x Height 33.50 in and…
…there is just enough room to decorate the top with a few short decorative items.
As well as plenty of storage space that includes two shelves to make organizing everything we need to operate the TV easy and very handy to access when we need it.
Thrift store baskets that I collect helped me to stylishly organize the contents of the two drawers
Each drawer is deep and holds a lot of little things that I use on a daily basis making the buffet the perfect piece of furniture to replace the turquoise sideboard.
How to Drill Holes in Furniture for Wall Mounted TV Cords and Wires
The first year we lived in the house, we removed a wall between the kitchen and living room to create one larger space. When we hung the TV on the wall, we also used a TV cord hiding kit that goes in the wall to hide the cords. That is why you don’t see any wires hanging down from the TV.
You can find out how we did that, in this post: How to Hide the Cords on a Wall Mounted TV.
To have a place for the cords to go that come out of the wall, we needed to make a hole in the back of the new buffet. This may sound scary or hard, but it is very easy to do.
- Measure the length of your cords and the height of the TV to ensure that the hole is positioned so that the cords will reach the TV.
- Attach the hole saw drill bit to the drill.
- Mark the spot with a pencil, then drill the hole. The hole can be drilled in seconds depending on how thick the wood is on the furniture. Sand the rough edges of the cut hole smooth with sandpaper.
Hole saws come in many diameters. We used a 2-1/2″ diameter saw. If you would like the back of the furniture to look all nice and neat after you drill the hole, you can also buy a 2-1/2″ plastic cover grommet that will fit over the hole. Buy the same size hole saw and plastic cover.
Since no one will ever see this hole, we opted not to use a plastic cover/grommet.
How to Hide the Cable Box Behind Closed Doors and Still Use a Remote
The buffet turned TV component cabinet has shelves to hold the DVR, Wii, Internet router, cable box and all the other things that connect to the TV via cords and wires that now go through the hole in the back of the buffet and up through the wall to the TV.
On the bottom center of the TV, (upper left in photo above) see the little round dot under the brand name?
That is a $16 infrared receiver which is connected to the cable box that is hidden in the buffet. It simply sticks to the front of the TV and the cord runs behind the TV and through the wall with all the other TV wires.
How to Install the Infrared Receiver to the TV
The infrared receiver has double stick tape on the back. You simply remove the backing and stick it to the front of the TV. On the other end of the cord, is the jack that goes to the cable box. For my TV, we put the cord through the wall with the other TV cords and then through the hole in the back of the cabinet to the cable box.
Once installed, it is simple plug and play. Unplug the power from the cable box then plug the IR receiver into the IR IN port. Plug in the power for the box. Then click on the remote in the direction of the TV where the attached receiver is to change the channel and turn the TV on and off.
There are many types of these receivers sold, make sure to read what TV’s they work with so you get the right one.
Here is a link to the IR receiver I used: Infrared Resources External Universal IR Receiver Extender
See more about this inexpensive little gadget in this post. It will able you to hide your cable box forever and keep the doors closed even when watching and changing the channels on the TV. Once installed, all you need is a remote control that you point towards the dot/infrared receiver to use the TV.
How to Decorate a Buffet Below a Wall Mounted TV
After the buffet was delivered, I searched for weeks for just the right decorative accessories to place along the top. Many were too tall, big, dinky or looked out of place. I finally found something just right when I brought this carved wood tray home. Moss balls I already had added the finishing touch.
My house is along the shores of a lake that has big pine trees and nature all around. I like to add a little of the outside to become part of my home’s decor. It keeps the inside and outside of my house in harmony.
I placed two pieces of driftwood I found along the lake shore on the buffet after I brought them inside. I only placed them there until I figured out a way to use them and then I realized… I had just found a way. :-) Serendipity at its best.
A faux plant in a short planter fills the space without getting in the way when we swivel the TV back and forth between the living room and kitchen.
I also make use of Google Chromecast to help decorate my living room. I use it to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime, but when we are not watching, Chromecast becomes framed photos and art that changes every few minutes.
I am very happy, not only the styling of the buffet, but also the quality of the piece and the craftsmanship. When I found the buffet online at Hygge Home, I also saw many other pieces I would love for every room in my house.
Do you like seeing white, pretty, and well-made furniture in actual homes? Then you may like to see what my blogging friend, Jen, added to her dining room. She used the Halifax Buffet with sliding doors in her colorful dining room. Doesn’t it look pretty against the wallpaper?
You can see even more over on Hygge Home.