Living room

Do it yourself: hide the cables of your flat screen TV

After seeing, with Patch, a new way to highlight or integrate (as you see) a flat screen TV, an important question arose: how hide the wires What service the device? Of course, the answer can be to hire a mason and make rubs to install a plug behind the TV, but we still have the same problem with the cables of the video, tdt, dvd, or pay TV.

If we analyze the situation we will conclude that we need something to cover them, and nothing better than manufacture a coordinated panel That hides the connections. We can use a DM board, of a suitable thickness to hold the TV later firmly.

The idea is to create a structure that hides the cables, allowing them to pass behind it and that has sufficient strength to support the weight of a television, which can exceed 30 kilos.

At the back of the board, we will screw four pine slats that allow the panel to be separated slightly from the wall, to let the cables pass behind. Two of the slats will be located at both ends, as they will act as a beautifier. This work must be done in a thorough manner, ensuring a good grip, using, as far as possible, wooden spikes and chipboard screws. The holes must be countersunk so that the screws do not protrude.

As for the finishes, we can choose paint or wallpaper, being able to choose tones equal to those of the wall, or on the contrary, that contrast, according to our taste. It is convenient to fill the holes with putty to hide the screws, sanding gently so that they do not stand out. Once painted or wallpaper, they will go unnoticed.

In the center of the panel, just behind the connections, we will make a hole of sufficient size to let the scart connectors and plugs pass. A crown saw will be a great help in getting a large circular hole.

To anchor it to the wall, we will make four countersunk drills in areas that are reinforced with the central slats. We will mark the holes in the wall, introducing a long screwdriver through them, pressing to leave the mark on the wall. We will drill the wall with precision and we will insert holes of great resistance in the holes, to avoid scares. We will place the panel on the wall with long screws to ensure a good fixation.

To mount the TV on the panel, we will have to buy a fixed support suitable to the dimensions of the television. We will use expansion studs so that the support is firmly anchored on the wood.

When placing the TV on the stand, we will be careful to pass the cables behind the panel allowing them to hang, to connect them later to each device. In the lower part we will place a piece of furniture to locate all the peripherals, taking into account their measurement when designing the set, so that it is as harmonious as possible.

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