I feel like this is something a lot of people struggle with…if you have a fireplace, where do you put the TV? The same wall? A different wall? If they are on different walls, which way do you point your furniture? The TV is the obvious answer, but no one wants to turn their back on the fireplace either. Our current house doesn’t have a fireplace so been a non-issue until now, and fortunately the decision was easy when it came to the new house, simply because there is only one wall in the living room and everything had to go on it.
Here is a cross-section of the house showing the fireplace/TV/only wall in the living room.
The fireplace is centered in the living room, and on each side of the fireplace we planned a built-in, one of which holds the TV. Everything fit, it was going to look great, perfect solution.
Then Adam found a great deal on a fireplace inset through a friend. A huge, 50 inch wood burning fireplace insert with a gas starter (this one, specifically).
So we told the builder the dimensions and he had the framers frame it up to the new size, which was significantly larger than what was in the plans.
One day Adam and I were checking the house progress, measuring everything to make sure it was correct, when we noticed that the built-ins were going to end up being pretty narrow. That’s fine in and of itself, except that it didn’t leave much, if any, room for a TV. And even if we got a TV that would fit, the fireplace would be sticking out so far that it would be hard to see. Hmmm. Not good.
So I did the only thing I know to do in these situations…I got on Houzz.
During my long night with Houzz I came up with three solutions –
1. Put the TV over the fireplace
2. Put the TV on a swing arm
3. Put the TV in a completely different room
Immediately I eliminated the one most people would have picked, which was to put the TV over the fireplace. First off, I don’t like TV’s over the fireplace. It’s not the worst thing or anything, and if Adam would have wanted it we would have done it, but it’s not my favorite. Plus our fireplace has a bench height hearth, then the giant insert, then the mantel, and putting it above the mantel would have made it awkwardly high. Neither Adam or I wanted to put the fireplace at floor level to bring the TV lower, so that option was out.
Putting the TV in another room was something Adam was okay with (media room attic, anyone?) but I was against. I don’t want everyone hiding up in the attic, I want everyone with me while I’m working in the kitchen. I’m selfish like that. The TV must go in the living room.
So that left the swing arm option. So swing arm it was.
Then a few days later it hit me… swing arm was not the best solution, the best solution was actually secret option number four…move the fireplace. If we moved it to the right or left we could basically combine the two small built-ins into one large one and have plenty of room for both the fireplace and the TV.
BUT…then the fireplace, the focal point of our entire house, would be horribly off-center. So I did the only thing I know to do in these situations…I got on Houzz. Houzz would tell me if I was ruining my new home or not.