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Okay, so I have this horrible layout for a niche above my fireplace that is only 40"w x 33.5"h. My current TV is a 51" Sony HD RPTV and I'd hate go any smaller, but looking to upgrade to a LCD and add more seating.


Here is a pic of the current layout



As there is some good depth to the niche, I'd like to set the equipment up behind the TV and use some type of mount that would allow me to pull the TV away to access it. I have a RF Logitech remote, so visibility to the equipment isn't need and power is in there along with the controls to my fireplace, so I'd like to keep access.


What are some thoughts? I'd thought about putting up a center wall in it and mounting one of those arm type mounts, just not 100% sure. Carpentry isn't an issue, just the creativity has me stumped. Thanks.
 

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Why would you want to put it there?


Keep the display on the wall where it currently is.
 

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Originally Posted by Stew4msu /forum/post/15450945


Why would you want to put it there?


Keep the display on the wall where it currently is.

To add additional seating and currently the love seat that sits next to the stairs is actually a little too close to the TV.


Plus, having the TV across from 2 windows is really a drag. Right now, I spend most of my day watching with the blinds shut.


Hope this is the right forum for this, as it truly isn't a HT, but hey it's a small house. Wish I had a dedicated room.
 

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IMHO what you should do if you are set on putting the TV up there is to forget about the niche all together. Frame it out so you have a solid area for a mount get a TV as big or bigger than what you have now.


Well I just reread you description and understand your fireplace controls are in there. If your looking for some fully articulating mounts look here .


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Originally Posted by RTROSE /forum/post/15451428


IMHO what you should do if you are set on putting the TV up there is to forget about the niche all together. Frame it out so you have a solid area for a mount get a TV as big or bigger than what you have now.


Well I just reread you description and understand your fireplace controls are in there. If your looking for some fully articulating mounts look here .


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RTROSE

Thanks for the link, I had flipped through the Peerless site and saw there may be some possibilities.


Controls could easily be moved as the living room has attic above, so everything is fairly accessible. Just thought it would be great to place all the equipment up there and not have to worry about location to put the equipment and dealing with wall rated HDMI cables, plus the cost of long lengths of cable.
 

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Well,


Having gone from a 27" to a 42" TV I know I would not want to go backwards size wise during an "upgrade". That is why I have a Love/Hate relationship with niches and other type of built-ins they are nice but can really limit you on options later on. The only problem with the mount you would need to do what you want is the cost. They are quite expensive. It is really highway robbery when your mount is upwards to almost a third to half of the cost of your TV. I just wall mounted a 32" Vizio plasma for the kids room and got my mount for a little over 50 bucks (not including shipping) from Monoprice. They are great for cables and mounts but I do not believe they have the type of mount you need.


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Thanks RTROSE for the input. May end up closing it in and relocate the switches. Haven't looked in a while to see what in-wall-rated options there are for HDMI as I would need to solve that. I could make component cables out of RG59 or whatever, just not sure of the HDMI. I'm sure getting new cables may be the cheaper route as looking at some of those mounts that articulate and extend out 30" or so are near $500.


My only other thought would be to build a false panel/wall out of 2x4's and mount it on a heavy duty piano hinge. That way I could use a standard mount and still have the equipment behind it and the whole wall would swing out to access DVD, etc. In construction hanging a 48" hollow metal door is usually done with a piano hinge, so I'm sure the weight should be manageable. Any thoughts?
 

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I would imagine if you built a false wall/panel the way you describe would work. You obviously would want to check the ratings for the hinge but I have seen some pretty heavy objects supported by a piano hinge. You could likely use regular heavy duty fence type hinges too if you supported them with lag bolts vs. regular light duty screws. If you have a contractor friend or buddy you might want to run some of these ideas past them to see what they think. IMHO your idea is very doable.


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