13 Clever Ways to Disguise or Hide Your TV

At this point, TVs are a staple in many—if not most—living rooms. A lot of families even have TVs in bedrooms or have multiple TVs throughout the house.

And, while TVs are a great way to unwind and zone out after a long day, they can also be an eyesore and compete with your decor. After all, unless you’ve created a game room centered on watching sports or playing video games, most people don’t actually want their whole living room layout to be centered around their television. It just tends to end up that way because it’s easier.

Well, what would you say if you could camouflage your TV or keep it hidden rather than totally removing it from your living room? And that you could hide your TV without totally redesigning your living room? Well, it’s time to celebrate—because there are tons of clever ways to do this!

If you’re looking for TV layout ideas that will de-emphasize or even completely hide a TV—whether it’s in your living room, bedroom, or den—you’ve come to the right place. Read on for our best ideas from simple solutions to “I-never-would-have-thought-of-that” hacks.

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1. Paint the Wall Behind Your TV Black

Want to hide your TV in plain sight? Rather than having your TV stand out like a sore thumb against a white wall, paint the wall the TV sits in front of black. This way, when your TV isn’t on, it somewhat blends in with the wall so you don’t even notice the TV at first glance. But to keep your living room from becoming cavernous, just paint black as an accent wall color rather than painting all four walls black!

This is a great option for…

A living room with a fireplace and a TV and homes where the TV competes with other focal points in your room, like statement wall art or picture windows. Painting the wall behind the TV black allows the TV to blend into the background and let other elements in the room shine.

Skip this option if…

Your space wouldn’t look right with the boldness of a black wall (aka, not enough natural light) or if black paint wouldn’t go with your style and decor.

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2. Hang Your TV Inside a Wall Cabinet

If you don’t want your TV in view when not in use, consider hiding it inside a wall cabinet. A wall-mounted cabinet like this is made to be a TV cover, with the TV mounted to the wall and housed inside the floating cabinet. When you want to watch the TV, you simply open the doors, which are on hinges and fully open so that your view isn’t obstructed. This whole set-up allows you to have your TV at viewing level but also have it hidden away when not in use.

This is a great option for…

Any space with a TV, but it’s especially nice for a formal living room or a bedroom with a TV, where watching the television isn’t the central purpose of the room.

Skip this option if…

You’re a renter or if you like to regularly rearrange a room’s layout. Though wall-mounted televisions and wall cabinets aren’t permanent, they do involve wall anchors and larger holes in the wall, making the installation a lot more involved.

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3. Tuck Your TV Behind A Curtain

If your living room has any type of alcove—like the one to the right of the fireplace in the image above—you could house your TV in that nook. But rather than leaving it in plain sight, you could hang a curtain in front of the alcove to hide the TV. You can easily pull the curtain open and shut as needed—and the curtain itself will add texture and color to your room. This is a very affordable and easy way to hide a TV.

This is a great option for…

Those who have a TV in a nook or alcove, with the architecture to allow you to hang a curtain. Just make sure you have the room to pull the curtain fully open without obstructing the TV itself.

Skip this option if…

You don’t have an alcove in front of which you can hang a curtain, or if your TV is in a space where a curtain would look out of place.

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4. Incorporate Your TV Within a Gallery Wall

We love the idea of incorporating a TV within a gallery wall. While it’s not actually hidden in this scenario, the artwork is the thing you notice first, not the TV, which helps disguise it. Rather than being an eyesore, the wall-mounted television looks prettier among a collection of art pieces, making it more decorative than just a straight-up media zone. It’s one of those great ideas for decorating around your TV while visually distracting from your TV! A tonal, back and white gallery wall would help it blend in even more.

This is a great option for…

Those who already have a gallery wall where they want a TV or who have small TVs that can easily incorporate right into a gallery wall.

Skip this option if…

You don’t want attention near the TV. Like we mentioned—this option disguises your TV but doesn’t hide it. If you have a TV that can display art, though, this can help blend it in.

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5. Hide Your TV Behind a Room Divider

If you like the idea of hiding your TV behind something that’s easily moveable, you could use a folding room divider screen to visually block off the TV when it’s not in use. A screen is decorative on its own and would look natural just arched in front of the TV, making this a simple solution.

This is a great option for…

Open spaces, like studios or open living/dining rooms. A screen is easy to move, so it doesn’t take too much work to get your TV back in view. And it also adds an extra visual and textural element to your space.

Skip this option if…

You don’t have room for a screen. Room divider screens take up both horizontal and vertical space within a room, so they’re not great in smaller, closed-off spaces.

A Picture TV in the home of Alessandra Wood, Modsy’s VP of Style. This TV lets you display art on the screen when the TV isn’t in use.

6. Make Your TV Masquerade as Art with a Picture Frame TV

A TV that doesn’t look like a TV? Now that’s something we can get behind! There are TVs out there that look more like a piece of framed art than an electronic. How? With ultra-thin displays, they can mount flush against the wall (like artwork), and they’re even outfitted with frames to help sell the look. The frames around the TVs look like actual art frames and create a great visual disguise. And you can often personalize the frame color to fit your decor!

Not only that, but you can display art on the screen when you’re not watching your favorite shows—whether a famous work of art or a vacation photo. Some picture frame TVs come with a library of art—from famous works to new pieces—that you can change with your mood and the season!

This is a great option for…

Rooms where your TV is mounted in a prominent spot and you have no other way to hide it. You can display imagery on the screen when not watching TV.

Skip this option if…

You’re on a tight budget (these babies aren’t cheap!) or if you live somewhere where wall-mounted televisions aren’t possible, like a rental. These television sets often come with a stand, but they simply won’t look as good when not hung on the wall.

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7. Camouflage Your TV with Wallpaper

Using wallpaper on the wall behind your TV is another great way to visually camouflage your TV. Wallpaper adds patterning and art behind the TV so your eye is drawn to that instead of the television. This works best if you opt for a black-and-white wallpaper pattern, so that the black screen of your TV when it’s powered off doesn’t stand out as much.

This is a great option for…

A living room that already has wallpaper or if you want to create a bold accent wall with tons of personality.

Skip this option if…

You really love the wallpaper and don’t want to cover any part up! It’s also not a great choice if you can’t add wallpaper in a rental (unless you use peel-and-stick!) or don’t want to deal with the hassle of hanging wallpaper. And, of course, skip this if you want your TV to truly be hidden rather than just visually disguised.

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8. Hide Your TV in an Armoire…

This one is an oldie but goodie: try housing your TV in an armoire! If specifically made for a TV, these cabinets often have doors that tuck back into the TV compartment so they don’t obstruct the view of the TV, as well as openings at the back for all your cords. And when you’re not watching TV? Shut the doors and put that baby out of view! Bonus: armoires often provide extra storage space for living rooms!

This is a great option for…

Living rooms where you want a more conversational layout but don’t want to sacrifice the option of watching the TV.

Skip this option if…

You’re tight on space, since armoires can be quite big and bulky! Also worth noting? With an armoire, you also have to consider the viewing angle. If the TV can’t come out and swivel, or if your sofa isn’t at the right angle, it can be hard to see the screen at certain angles.

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9. …Or a Bedroom Wardrobe

On a similar note, if you want a TV in your bedroom so you can watch TV from bed, consider hiding your TV in a wardrobe in your bedroom. A wardrobe is typically a piece of furniture that offers storage space for clothing, but it can also be a great fit for a small bedroom TV, concealing it when not in use.

This is a great option for…

Someone looking to get double duty from their wardrobe, and those who want a TV in their bedroom, but don’t want to see it.

Skip this option if…

You have a large TV, since you’re limited by size when placing a TV inside a wardrobe or armoire. This option is best for simple set ups.

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10. Roll Your TV Out of View on a Rolling Cart

If you don’t have the space to physically hide or camouflage your TV when it’s not in use, consider putting your TV on a rolling cart that can be brought in and out of the room on-demand. You can house your TV in a nearby closet and just pull it out when you want to watch it.

This is a great option for…

People who don’t use their TV everyday and don’t mind rolling it in and out of the room when they want to watch a movie or show. It’s also good for people who entertain or who want the appearance of a gadgetless space.

Skip this option if…

You have a very large TV, which would make rolling it out on a cart very precarious. It’s also not great for someone who has a lot of wires to hook up every time you use it, as the plugging and unplugging will become quite cumbersome!

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11. Cover your TV with a Piece of Art

If you have a wall-mounted TV but don’t love staring at that large, rectangular black hole when it’s not in use, consider hanging a piece of artwork over your TV when it’s not in use. This is the more cost-friendly way to disguise your TV with art in comparison to frame TVs that display artwork. And it allows you to have your TV in a prime spot and still display beautiful pieces of art!

But it’s worth noting that this works best with a poster, print, or large-format photo that’s hung with wooden art/poster hangers rather than a frame, which make it more lightweight, easier to move, and is more forgiving in having a TV hung behind it.

This is a great option for…

Those who want to hang their TV over a fireplace; it’s a good spot for both a TV and artwork.

Skip this option if…

You don’t want to slightly customize art to fit around the TV or don’t like the idea of something physically covering it. This could also be difficult to pull off if you have a very large TV.

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12. Incorporate Your TV into a Built-In

If you have a living room, family room, or den with a wall of built-ins, you could incorporate a TV into the largest opening of the built-in. This is another option that doesn’t physically hide your TV, but with all of the surrounding shelving and decor, your eye isn’t drawn to the TV first.

This is a great option for…

Those with a built-in in their den or living room, and those who don’t mind the TV being in the midst of their books and decor.

Skip this option if…

You have a very large TV, which would be more difficult to fit within the shelving of a built-in. And, of course, this wouldn’t work for people who don’t have a home with a built-in and don’t want to create one.


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13. Place Your TV Behind a Conversational Layout

If you don’t want your TV to be the central focal point in your living room, focus first on creating a layout that suits your primary needs. For many people, this will be a conversational layout with plenty of seating. Have two sofas facing each other, or have two accent chairs facing a sofa. Then, place your TV on a console (or mount on the wall) behind the smaller seating option. This gives you a good view of the TV from one sofa. And, since the TV is set apart from the seating area, it’s less noticeable.

This is a great option for… 

Occasional TV watchers who don’t need as many seating options directly facing the television.

Skip this option if… 

You have a very narrow space, as it wouldn’t allow for the necessary layout to pull off this look. You want to make sure your two sofas can be spaced apart without the TV being directly above or behind the second sofa.

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Decor Dilemma: What to Do with the Wall Behind Your TV

Most of us have a television in our home—and for many of us, it’s located along a central wall in your living room or bedroom. And that always begs the question: what do you do with the wall behind your TV?  Previously, we dove into how to incorporate a TV into your layout, but what about how to decorate around a TV?

This may seem like a small problem, but it’s actually one of our most frequently asked interior design questions! Modsy customers are always wondering, “Do I need to hang art around my TV? Leave the TV wall blank? Put plants or a bookcase on either side?”

Well, here’s the good news: there is no one right answer. There are so many interior design ideas and options besides just a blank wall with a TV! Keep reading for our 10 best TV wall ideas!

Read Next: How to design a bedroom with a TV

Tv wall decorated with shelving and sconces

Create A Faux Built-In

According to our living room checklist, storage is a crucial part of a functional living room. So, we love the idea of mounting the television on the wall, then using low bookcases and floating shelves to create a built-in look! It offers tons of living room storage, giving the illusion of a permanent structure without actually making permanent changes.

With storage space above and below, you have a way to organize and display books, art, and decor. And using baskets on the lower shelves is the perfect way to hide spare cords, remotes, and other gadgets without making your space feel cluttered! In this set-up, we also opted for symmetrical sconce lighting to further drive home that custom built-in look—but you can approach lighting in many ways and in many different styles! And going for open shelving versus a closed cabinet or TV console gives this whole arrangement a lighter and airier feeling.

This is perfect for…

Rental spaces, since this isn’t a permanent built-in, as well as those with large living room walls!

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Build Out A Mixed Media Wall

Another TV wall decor idea? Using mixed media decor around your television—from framed art to ceramics, decorative objects, vases, and plants. Have your TV sit on the console, then have art and decor sitting around it. In this way, the TV becomes part of the wall decor instead of an eyesore and focal point. Choosing a single color scheme—in this case, blues and whites—will help the space feel eclectic but not chaotic.

And if you have a long stretch of walls, consider putting two identical consoles side-by-side to create an asymmetrical mixed media set-up in your living room. By having the television on one side and floating shelves on the other, it makes the whole wall appear like one display—creating a streamlined and continuous look instead of feeling blocky. The shelves also offer extra storage and display space. Having this set-up gives you more surface area to create a mixed media wall and helps the TV integrate into the space even more so than using just a single console with mixed media decor.

This is perfect for… 

A variety of living rooms—those with long and large walls, for a space that needs extra storage, or for living rooms that are narrow or with high ceilings.

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Hide Your TV Inside A Cabinet

If you don’t like looking at your television when it’s not in use, consider concealing it in a wall cabinet. By placing your TV inside a cabinet, you don’t see it unless the cabinet doors are opened! The cabinet pictured above looks like a mirror when shut, so it naturally integrates as part of the room decor and goes with the style of the rest of the room.

This is perfect for…

More formal living rooms, where a television would look out of place. It’s also great for a bedroom where you want to have a TV but don’t want it to be the first thing you see when you wake up!

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Cover Your TV With A Curtain

Curtains aren’t just for window coverings! They can also be a clever way to cover your television if you don’t want to worry about TV wall decor. If you have a fireplace in your living room, with an inlet to the side, just place your TV on a console in the inlet—then hang some neutral curtains in front of the inlet! This way, you can pull the curtains across to hide the TV when not inuse, giving the illusion of a large window or neutral wall. So, when the curtain is shut, the fireplace remains the focal point of the room.

We love this option because curtains are so easy to pull back and forth—so you don’t have to physically move anything when you do want to use your TV. It’s a simple and affordable solution!

This is perfect for…

Those who want a clutter-free, streamlined look without electronics. It’s also perfect for rooms with wall nooks or cabinets, and those in small apartments, studio spaces, or multi-purpose rooms where you don’t want the space to be all about the TV, but also want it nearby for when you do want to use it!

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Hang Your TV Within A Gallery Wall

In this living room, we’ve “disguised” the television within a gallery wall by hanging framed art around the TV. Of course, the TV isn’t actually disguised. But the way the art is hung “frames” the TV on the cabinet, making it less of an eyesore. This TV wall decor approach takes the focal point away from electronics and gives the TV wall a more decorative look. Opting for a darker wall color also creates less contrast with the TV, helping it blend in even more.

And this arrangement is easy to personalize. You can use any type of art, in any style—really making a unique look of your own! Above, we opted for a grid layout, using art prints that are all part of the same collection, in similar styles. But you could also go for an eclectic gallery wall with more of a randomized layout. Another option? Family photos!

This is perfect for…

Rooms where the TV is located along a large wall, where you have plenty of space to create a stunning gallery. (P.S. Here’s our guide to finding the best TV stand for your TV size.)

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Set Up A Room Divider

Another way to hide your television when it’s not in use? Using a room divider or screen. You can set the screen in front of your TV set-up, creating an attractive solution to hiding your TV and any of its additional wires and electronics when it’s not in use. Since they tend to be lightweight, screens and folding room dividers are easy to move and fold up when you do want to watch the TV.

For this arrangement, we like the idea of tucking the TV and the cabinet it sits on in the corner of the room, which will give the room divider a more natural look when it’s set up. And the screen itself is also multipurpose, as it can be used in other areas of your home as well!

This is perfect for…

Studio apartments or multi-purpose rooms, where you want your TV accessible but don’t want it to be a focal point in the space. It’s a simple solution for covering your TV without installing a permanent fixture or hanging things on walls—making this a great option for a rental space.

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Mount Your TV On The Fireplace

If you have a living room with a TV and a fireplace, consider mounting your television onto the fireplace, rather than having a traditional mantle! Having the TV centered on the fireplace creates a visual focal point, so the two aren’t competing for attention in your space. And it also results in a clean, uncluttered look, since you don’t have an added media cabinet or entertainment center.

In the arrangement above, we flanked the fireplace with floating shelves layered with framed art. This helps frame and accentuate the fireplace—and creates a fun take on a gallery wall! It adds color and visual interest to this wall, so the TV doesn’t feel barren or become an eyesore. The collection of artwork, along with the accent wall color, creates a full wall look rather than making this all about the TV. But this does require the TV to be mounted on the fireplace wall—which could require some creativity with hiding cords.

This is perfect for…

Living rooms that don’t have many options of places to put the television, and for those who don’t want to choose between centering the room around the TV or the fireplace!

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Living room design with a TV. The TV wall is decorated with a floating shelf and two poufs underneath

Built A Floating Media Unit

If you prefer a more minimal look, we love the idea of building a floating media unit. In the room above, we mounted the TV on the wall above a large floating storage shelf. And below the shelf, we placed some poufs, which can be used as ottomans when kicking back to watch a movie!

By eliminating the use of an entertainment center or TV console, you’re left with a minimal, streamlined look. And the addition of plants adds an organic touch, contrasting with the sleekness of the floating cabinet. A neutral and monochromatic color palette also makes this space appear less cluttered.

This is perfect for…

Small spaces, where you don’t have the square footage for a media cabinet. But this shelf, specifically, still gives you a little bit of hidden storage space! It also allows for additional compact seating options, with the poufs and the chair on the side—perfect for hosting guests when you don’t need the TV to be the central focal point of the room. And, of course, it’s perfect for those who love modern and minimal spaces.

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Create A Mixed Media Gallery

Here’s another take on a mixed media TV wall design ideas: incorporating your TV on the wall with other pieces, making it fully part of the mixed media gallery. The use of a mirror and framed art helps the TV mix into the gallery in a more cohesive way, giving your TV a more discreet look. In this case, we used a smaller wall-mounted TV, which seamlessly blends in with the other pieces—but a larger TV would work, too.

In the room above, we centered the gallery wall above a cabinet—but you could also have the gallery be free-floating if you don’t have the floor space for a media cabinet or don’t need the additional storage space.

This is perfect for…

Those who already have a gallery wall created but want to incorporate a TV into the room. Just add the TV to the mix! It’s also great for small homes without a lot of wall space, since you get a gallery wall, mirror space, and TV viewing all in one place!

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TV with a wallpaper backdrop

Utilize Wallpaper As A Backdrop

If you don’t want to think about how to creatively decorate the wall behind your TV, but you also don’t want to settle for a boring blank wall, add some wallpaper on the wall behind the TV! This creates a decorative accent wall so you have no need for additional art or TV wall decor.

This simple yet bold approach to TV wall design adds personality to the whole space and saves you the headache of hanging any other art or shelves on the wall. The simple black and white wallpaper above compliments the TV and console, creating a cohesive look.

This is perfect for…

All spaces and styles of homes, since wallpaper comes in all sorts of prints, patterns, and color schemes. And you don’t have to skip this if you’re in a rental! Just use peel-and-stick wallpaper, or hang a large wall mural behind your TV for a similar effect.

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Designing With Modsy: 9 Reasons Virtual Interior Design Might Be Right for You

Home design projects can be a fun way to get the most out of your space. Working with an interior designer can give your home a style upgrade and make your space more functional for everyday life. While traditional interior design is not without its perks it can be costly and time-consuming, making the experience not well-suited for many peoples’ budgets or needs.

At Modsy, we believe that interior design is for everyone, so we work to make the experience as accessible as possible. Plus, using our service is risk-free, thanks to unlimited design revisions and our money-back guarantee.

Read on to learn more from our handy list of online design benefits that prove why it’s an excellent option for you.

1. Try Before You Buy

Let’s say that you want to buy a new sofa, but you’re having a hard time deciding what would work best for you. Maybe you aren’t sure about the color, size, or if it will fit in your space? Regardless of the reason, we understand how hard it can be to choose a piece of furniture without knowing what it will look like in your home. With online interior design, you can see exactly how new furniture and decor will look (and fit) in your exact room! How? All of our designs are sent to you as photo-real 3D images (aka a 3D rendering). No more guesswork required.

2. Explore on Layouts, Without the Heavy Lifting

Have you ever spent a whole day pushing furniture around your room only to end up back where you started? With Modsy’s virtual interior design services, trying on layout ideas has never been easier. Once you’ve signed up for an account, we’ll walk you through some super fun steps and show you how you can make unlimited changes in a pinch. Plus, our design team is always there to help make revisions for you, all you have to do is send a quick email, and you’ve got a brand new layout ready and waiting for you.

Want to try out your interior design skills? Easily make edits to your designs on your own with our one-of-a kind, drag-and-drop 3D interior design tools (it’s kind of like The Sims but with real furniture and your exact room, all to scale). You can also experiment with our Live-Swap feature, which lets you swap in new furniture and decor into your design in seconds. Easy-peasy.

Either way, you won’t have to throw your back out, pushing a sofa around your living room all day.

3. Pay Per Room, Not Per Hour

Many working with a traditional designer service can be great for a super hands-on experience, but the costs can add up fast! Most designers charge an hourly rate, or others might require you to purchase a minimum amount of furniture through them. But with online design services like ours, you don’t need to worry about any of those issues because: you’ll pay per room and not per hour.

4. Design Your Home From the Comfort of Your Sofa

In today’s turbulent world, it’s so important to have a home that feels like a sanctuary. But, with social distancing in place, it’s impractical to hire a designer that requires a home visit to design your house. Plus, finding the time to coordinate a consultation can be tricky.

But using an online design service means you can work on your design anytime, anywhere. Our designers are always available to help, and you can choose the communication method that works for you. So you’re getting all the contact a traditional design service would provide without the hassle of figuring out an in-person meeting.

5. Discover Your Style

A lot of people have trouble deciding on an interior design style that fits their needs, hence the need for design assistance. A massive benefit of online interior design is learning to identify what you like. When you start your project, we’ll ask you a series of questions in our super-accurate (and fun!) Style Quiz. Your results will help your designer nail your style and deliver designs with furniture and decor you’ll love. Who knows, you may end up enjoying a style you never expected was right for you.

6. Share With Friends and Family

It’s so important to stay connected with our friends and family these days. A really cool benefit of our online design experience is getting to share your interior design journey with everyone, you know. With the touch of a button, you can post your designs to Facebook or Instagram for the world to see. This way, you get to let everyone know what you’re up to, show off your space, and even get input from your online community.

7. Design With Pieces You Already Own

Have an item in your home you love but aren’t able to work into your decor? Maybe there’s an heirloom piece of furniture, like aunt Marge’s credenza, that you’d like to work into your living room layout? Another benefit of working with Modsy is being able to see pieces from your home included in your design. This way, you’ll be able to see how your favorite keep-sakes will look with your new layout and style designs. So we can make sure to find a place for that credenza that even old Marge would approve of!

8. Shop Your Look in One Easy Checkout

Buying furniture for a whole room can be a real hassle. For starters, you aren’t sure what items will look good together in your space because you haven’t seen them in a single design. Sometimes you’re buying from multiple retailers, trying to coordinate all the shipping costs, apply any deals, and manage a million open tabs all on your own. What a headache!

With Modsy, you can shop items from multiple retailers in one secure checkout. And, to top it off, we offer members-only sales that you can apply on top of retailers’ best prices. It’s all about saving you tons and making the whole shopping experience easy-peasy.

9. Your Happiness (and the Best Price) Guaranteed

At Modsy, when you purchase your favorite products, we match the lowest advertised price the day you place your order, including any applicable sales or promotions. Before placing your order, we’ll always triple-check with the retailers for any last-minute deals and make sure you’re getting the best price for all your items. Find a lower price elsewhere? Let us know within 24 hours of your purchase, and we’ll match it!

On top of all that, we promise to work on your design until you are entirely delighted with your space. We also offer an excellent money-back guarantee if you don’t find what you’re looking for with us. Because the only thing that matters more to use than high-quality, affordable interior design is your satisfaction as a customer.

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How to Find the Best TV Stand For Your TV Size

Living room with different TV stand and TV sizes swapping in

Would you believe that the average American watches around five hours of TV per day? We’ll be the first to admit that we love TV. Here at Modsy HQ we talk about our favorite shows over lunch and we even design rooms for our favorite TV characters.

And we’re not alone; tons of Modsy customers reach out looking for living room design ideas that include televisions.

But when it comes to designing around TVs in our living rooms, we know finding the right setup isn’t always easy. From finding the best TV viewing layout for your space, to what to do with the wall behind your TV, or even how to design a living room with both a fireplace and a TV, all those design questions can be overwhelming.

But the fact is, you really just can’t enjoy a good TV binge session with a sub-par setup. So we’re taking a moment to tackle one of our biggest TV questions: What is the right size TV stand for your TV size?

And because the answer to this question actually relies heavily on seeing the end result, we’re skipping the numbers, charts, and imagination and serving up a visual TV stand buying guide instead.

Throughout our TV stand buying guide, we’ll be using media stands from West Elm’s mid-century collection for some visual continuity and to easily illustrate what the most common TV sizes will look like on various TV stand sizes! Looking for a new TV stand in your home? Sign up for a free Modsy account and shop our favorite TV stands and media consoles!

TV Stand Size Guide: The Basics

First things first. Before shopping for a TV stand, you’ll need to detrmine what size of television you have. TVs are measured diagonally—so if you don’t know your TV’s size, pull out a measuring tape and measure the distance from the lower left to upper right corner of your TV screen. It’s also worth measuring the full width of your TV. Both of these measurements will help guide which sizes of TV stands to consider.

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Our basic rule of thumb when choosing the right size of media stand is that it should be at least a few inches (if not feet) wider than the base of your TV. This gives your TV plenty of clearance to comfortably sit on top and helps your media set up look more visually balanced.

If you want to place decorative items like vases or books on the sides, be sure to leave extra room and opt for a wider stand to hold your TV. If this isn’t a concern of yours, no need to budget the extra space.

What Size TV Stand is Right for Me?

Ok, now you get to choose your own adventure. Once you know how large your TV is, scroll through the list of sizes below and get the scoop on the best TV stand size for you!

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a 65 inch TV on a 57-inch wide TV stand

The Best TV Stand for 65-inch TVs

For a 65-inch television, we recommend a media stand that’s at least 57-inches wide.

Consider going a little larger if you want to add any decor to the surface of the TV stand since the width of your TV here takes up the full surface of this TV stand size. But if you don’t have a ton of extra room to play with in your living room, this size will work just fine!

a 65 inch TV on an 80-inch wide TV stand

For a little extra breathing room, and more interior storage, you can try an option that’s at least 80-inches wide. This is also a great way to fill up a bit more space if you have a large, empty wall.

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a 55 inch TV on a 57-inch wide TV stand

The Best TV Stands for 55-inch TVs

Both medium and large media stands work for a 55-inch TV, so whichever you choose will depend on the amount of floor space you have to work with. But, as you can see, a 55-inch TV fits quite comfortably on this 57-inch media console (though it doesn’t leave space for decor).

a 55 inch TV on a 80-inch wide TV stand

Want to personalize your TV viewing space with some decor? A large, 80-inch media unit leaves ample room for a 55-inch TV and to display a few decorative accents!

a 43-inch TV on a 57-inch TV stand

The Best TV Stand Sizes for 43-inch TVs

A mid-sized media unit is the perfect fit for a 43-inch TV. Measuring 57-inches wide, this pairing feels perfectly balanced and leaves plenty of clearance on either side of the TV for a few small decorative accents, remote stashing, or just for some breathing room.

a 43 inch TV on a 40 inch wide TV stand

An even smaller option, a 40-inch media console also works perfectly with a 43-inch TV. This is a great option for smaller homes or apartments where space might be tight!

a 32 inch TV on a 40-inch wide TV stand

The Best TV Stand Size for 32-inch TVs

If your television isn’t the focal point of your living room, you might have a smaller screen, like a 32-inch TV. These little media units can fit almost anywhere. You’ll have plenty of space to work with, even considering the small size of the TV stand. And for a television of this size, we wouldn’t suggest going much larger for a media stand, as the set-up will look unbalanced.

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This post was updated February 20, 2021