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Furniture Tweak For Under a Wall Mounted TV

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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.

Novo Solo Halifax Buffet with 4 doors under a wall mounted TVFurniture Under a Wall Mounted TV

A Halifax Buffet with 4 Doors made by NovoSolo. Isn’t she pretty?  I found her on Hygge Home. (Hygge is not pronounced the way you may think – “Hoo-gah” is the correct way to say the Danish word.)

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.

White farmhouse furniture below a wall mounted 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…

How to decorate under a wall mounted TV

…there is just enough room to decorate the top with a few short decorative items.

White buffet turned changed to into Tv wall mount furniture that will hold the TV components

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.

Idea on how to organize contents of drawer in buffet that is under a wall mounted TV.

Thrift store baskets that I collect helped me to stylishly organize the contents of the two drawers

Organizing a drawer with small baskets

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.

How to turn a piece of furniture into cabinet for a wall mounted TV components.

supplies needed:

  1. 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.
  2. Attach the hole saw drill bit to the drill.
  3. 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.

How to turn furniture into a place to store wall mounted TV components.

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.

Drilled hole in back of buffet turned into a cabinet to hold wall mount TV components

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

White wall mount TV furniture design

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.

close up image of an infrared receiver

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

decorating ideas for under a 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.

How to use items from nature to decorate the top of a TV console.

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.

Fake greenery in ceramic white planter on buffet under TV

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.

White furniture under wall mounted TV

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.

Wall mounted TV furniture ideas

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.

white storage cabinet in dining room against wallpaper wall

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.

How to turn a piece of furniture into a wall mounted TV component storage cabinet.

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  1. Diane this was so spot on for me. We’re remodeling a very small house and last week I nixed the fireplace because the TV would have to go above the fireplace so it was already too high for comfortable watching and difficult to style the mantel anyway. Now I’m thinking about this very thing–what to put under it and how to house the components for the TV. My problem is my video engineer husband is ADAMANT about airflow around the components. I’m hoping I can convince him if we cut larger holes in the back and maybe replace the front panels with screening, it’s enough airflow to protect his “darling” electronics. One question, do you need to open the doors to use things like the Wii (and for us old folks, the CD player)? Thanks for another great idea and execution!!

    1. I, too, don’t like the tv high above the fireplace. It makes my neck hurt. So we found a mount that comes out and down for when we watch tv and then we swing it back up when we are done. I just love it.

    2. Hi Mary – Creating larger holes in the back will do the trick for airflow. We did that for a TV cabinet in my previous house.

      If you get an Infrared Receiver you can keep the doors closed. I wrote about it in my post. It is a little black plastic dot with a wire that connects to the front of the TV (sticks on) and the cable box. The Infrared Receiver is the best thing ever for keeping the cable boxes hidden and it only costs $16. It is super easy to install. Here is the link to it: Infrared Receiver

  2. Incredibly lovely choice of furniture! You definitely have a way with interior design that strikes the right chord!

  3. I’m always confused with what to put under a TV. We can’t put ours on the wall so it sits up only about 4″ off the furniture. Put I have these same pieces and I think they just might work. Good idea. Looks great.

  4. The buffet looks perfect in your home! I love that you’ve hidden the cords as well to get everything look neat and clean. You’ve styled the top beautifully. Thanks for linking to my dining room Diane!

    1. Hi Jen –

      Your dining room looks fabulous and I love how you decorated your buffet. I am sure it no longer has Christmas decorations on it, but I know you must have something equally as pretty on it now.

  5. BEAUTIFUL!!! I’ve seen the post for hiding the cord but wanted to see it again. The link doesn’t work for me.

  6. You rocked it again. The whole thing looks beautiful. Love using Chrome for the rotating pictures on your TV. I didn’t know anything about that.

  7. Wonderful piece! I’d call it multi-functional!! And hey, nice TV! It just gets better and better at Diane’s house!

  8. Wow, so beautiful!! I’m also in love with the plant & plant holder, I think you styled everything just right! I would surely smile every day with this lovely sight.

  9. Hi Diane: I would remove the faux plat and put it somewhere else–this buffet only needs the wood carved bowl with moss balls and the two candle holders…I would find somewhere else for the faux plant and the driftwood.

    Too clutter under the tv–beautiful cabinet!

  10. If the router connect a lot of tvs on two levels of your home, can you hide the router and get a few of those infrared receivers or is it just for one TV in same room

    1. Hi Susanne –

      One router is at the main TV for the whole house and can be hidden. It is not what turns the TV on/off or change the channel. The cable box does that. The infrared receiver does not work on the router, it only works on the cable boxes. Each TV has it’s own cable box and would need its own infrared receiver. Does that make sense?

    2. Hi Susanne –

      I have had the plant on and off over the last few weeks. Maybe it is winter and everything looks so drab outside, but I like seeing a touch of green by the door. It is making me happy. :-) Come spring and summer, I will probably move it to a side table. I really like the driftwood next to the wood bowl, I had only one piece there for a few weeks and will probably remove the darker one that is not the same color as the bowl. Being able to move things around is what makes decorating so much fun. Nothing ever has to stay the same.

  11. Love your new cabinet looks great!! Always wondered how to hide the wires! Would love to win Karianne’s new book!!!!

  12. I LOVE the buffet, Diane! It’s just perfect under your t.v., and the fact that it hold treasures is terrific. Well done!