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Design Solutions: How to Design a Bedroom with a TV

What is it about watching TV in bed that feels so much more relaxing than watching it from a sofa in the living room? But designing a bedroom with a TV in it can be tricky. There’s so much to consider! You don’t want the TV to be the focal point of your bedroom or become an eyesore. And then there are the limitations of where to put a TV, how to make it work with the layout and architecture of your space, and finally how to make it actually look nice.

You may have thought through living room TV viewing layouts, but how do you approach this in a bedroom?? Well, here’s the good news: you don’t have to choose between a bedroom that looks nice and one that allows you to binge-watch your favorite shows. In fact, we’ve pulled together some of our best bedroom design ideas for incorporating a TV into your bedroom. Ready on for our best tips and tricks on designing a bedroom with a TV.

Step 1: Consider Your Layout

When designing a bedroom with a TV, start by thinking about the placement of your TV and how it will fit into the overall layout of your space.

Option 1: Place The TV Straight Across From Your Bed

A simple and straightforward solution is to place your television directly across from your bed. This makes for easy viewing and good site lines. And you could mount it above or set it on top of your dresser or another low-profile piece of furniture.

This is a good option for spaces that are smaller, as you don’t want your TV to be too far away from your bed. And, of course, it’s perfect for those who want a direct and unobstructed view of the TV.

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Option 2: Arrange The TV Perpendicular To Your Bed

Not all bedrooms can accommodate a TV being directly across from the end of your bed—whether it’s because your room has a lot of windows or not a lot of available wall space. In these cases, we’d suggest placing your television perpendicular to your bed.

This is a good option for those who like having the TV on in the background—like having the news on as you get ready—or aren’t necessarily always watching it from bed. But it’s not at such a weird angle that you couldn’t enjoy watching a show while actually laying in bed. As a bonus, this TV placement helps keep it from becoming the focal point of the space.

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Option 3: Tuck Your TV In A Nook

One other layout option? Tucking your bedroom TV in a nook. Perhaps you have a unique (read: challenging) architectural detail that you don’t know what else to do with. Put a TV in it! Or you may even be compelled to create a nook by taking the doors off a closet and turning it into a multifunctional space! Either way, placing a TV in a nook allows you to create a cute little set-up for your TV and also gives you the option to hang curtains, so you can hide it when it’s not in use!

This creates a functional and stylish TV space that also leaves you some room for storage. And the best part is, everything isn’t out in the open but is hidden away in a wall inlet. This is great for small apartments or awkwardly shaped spaces that don’t have room for a TV within the room itself. Depending on the placement of the nook, you may be able to see the television from your bed. But if not, you may want to consider creating a small sitting area outside the nook!

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Step 2: Styling Around Your Bedroom TV

Once you figure out where to place your TV within your room’s layout, you then have to figure out how to style the wall behind your tv.

Idea 1: Hang Your TV Over Your Dresser

Hanging a TV over your dresser is great for bedrooms that need multifunctional capabilities. By incorporating the TV into your dressing area, you get entertainment and practicality in one. Just make sure you hang the TV enough above the dresser where decorative objects won’t obstruct the view of the television—or, as we did in the room above, place taller objects or plants off to the side.

This is a great option for compact spaces and for those who want an unobstructed view of their TV.

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Idea 2: Hide Your TV In a Cabinet

Don’t want to look at your bedroom TV when you aren’t watching it? Tuck it away in an armoire or TV cabinet! This creates a clean look with the appearance of not having electronics in the bedroom. We love the idea of pairing a cabinet with a seating area. This not only gives you a space for conversation or reading when not watching the TV, but also gives you the option of watching the TV from this seating area rather than just from your bed.

This is a good option for large bedrooms. A cabinet like this is also a larger piece of furniture, so you’ll want to make sure you have the square footage to accommodate this type of piece.

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Idea 3: Incorporate Your TV In A Mixed Media Gallery Wall

If you really don’t want your bedroom TV to stand out, disguise it by incorporating it into a mixed media gallery wall. In the room above, we hung the TV along with an art print and a mirror for a dynamic and artistic arrangement. To anchor the arrangement, hang your gallery wall over a cabinet, dresser, or bench.

This is great for eclectic spaces, as this is more of an off-beat arrangement. But it’s also perfect for small spaces where you have limited space for wall hangings and you want to fit the practicality of a mirror, the entertainment value of a TV, and the delight of artwork all in one compact space!

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Idea 4: Hang Your TV Above Your Desk

For those who are already squeezing a home office into their bedroom, adding one more function might seem impossible. But don’t worry—you don’t have to forego a bedroom TV just because space is tight! Simply hang your TV above your desk (which you can then also use as a media cabinet). Have a large monitor rather than a laptop? Use that as your TV instead! Or connect your TV to your laptop for a large-format second screen.

We love this option for people who have a small space or studio apartment and work from home but still want to unwind with a favorite show at the end of the night. This option doesn’t take up extra space, and by opting for the layout above, you get a straight-on, unobstructed view of your TV while laying in bed.

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Idea 5: Place Your TV In A Wall Cabinet

If you like the idea of hiding your TV when it’s not in use but you don’t have space for a large armoire, consider placing your TV inside a cabinet on the wall. As you can see in the room above, a cabinet looks merely decorative, but it opens up to reveal your TV! This gives you a clean, polished look, free of wires or a media stand. And it’s a versatile option, as it can be placed anywhere in the space where you can anchor it to the wall!

This is another great solution for those who don’t want to see electronics. Just remember—hanging a cabinet is a more permanent solution, as you have to mount it to the wall with your TV inside of it. So, this isn’t the best option for those who like to rearrange on a regular basis!

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Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate TV Viewing Party Layout Guide

small living room layout with a TVWith game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.

Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

small living room layout with a TV1. Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.

Backless seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.

Create movie theater rows:

Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.

small living room layout with a TV2. Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.

Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.

Open bar (cart):

Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.

small living room layout with a TV3. Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.

Try hanging a large mirror above your sofa to help open up your room. Or embrace a more glam style with mirrored furniture, like a side or coffee table.

 

Need a hand finding the right small living room layout for you?

You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.

Layout Hacks: Our Favorite Tricks to Incorporate TV Viewing into any Living Room Layout

It’s a simple fact that for many of us, the main focal point in our living rooms is the television.

It’s also a fact that not all living room layouts were designed with TV-viewing in mind. Living room designs can have a variety of functions and they, literally, come in all shapes and sizes! Some living rooms have fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, or strangely angled walls that don’t lend themselves nicely to a comfy TV watching layout. And for many people these days, the TV is a main gathering place in the home—we watch sports, have movie nights with family, binge Tiger King, and we need a big space to gather and vege out. It’s not always easy to come up with living room layout ideas that check all your boxes!

So what’s a design-savvy, Netflix-binging person to do?

You don’t need to compromise between a space that looks nice and accommodates your favorite activities. To prove it, we pulled some of our favorite customer spaces to show off some of our favorite tips and tricks for TV-viewing layout solutions. Keep scrolling for some of our all-time best tv room layout ideas along with some new ones we’ve added in April 2020!

TV layoutUse the back of your sofa to define the space

Challenge: A living room that also serves as the entryway where people are constantly walking through on their way in and out.

Solve: Rather than placing the sofa against one wall and the TV against the other, try pulling the sofa several feet away from the wall, letting it float in the middle of the space. The back of the sofa can act like a wall, keeping the walkway behind it clear and creating an intimate living space for family time around the TV.

TV layoutTry swivel chairs for an easy swap to TV-viewing

Challenge: Finding a layout that allows you to enjoy the fireplace and watch TV, all without straining your neck.

Solve: Instead of facing your sofa towards the fireplace, try rotating your living room furniture 90 degrees. This makes for a great conversational area centered around the fireplace and lets the sofa face the TV, which is tucked out of the way, against the opposite wall.

Bonus: The two blue armchairs can swivel around, to face the TV, making for easy extra seating when guests are over.

TV layoutDivide a large space into multiple zones

Challenge: A large, open, and long living room that needs to accommodate multiple activities.

Solve: Rather than designing this room as one large living space, consider a layout that breaks up the room into two distinct areas—a formal living area and a more casual TV viewing space. A great way to visually separate the two “zones” is to use different area rugs. This will help the two spaces feel connected, yet distinct.

TV layoutPlace your TV next to the fireplace, on an angle

Challenge: If you want to make your fireplace the focal point of the room, but also want to include a TV, you might think your only option is to mount your TV above the mantle.

Solve: A simple solve for this can be to place your TV at an angle on a credenza next to the fireplace. This allows you to enjoy both focal points, without the TV overwhelming the space.

Use your sofa to divide the space

Challenge: Making an open floor work for multiple functions like a dining, living, and study space.

Solve: Use your sofa to divide an open space can be a great way to create separation between the different areas. Here, the sofa floats in the middle of the room, facing the only wall where a TV could be mounted and not block the windows. This allows for a small dining area behind the sofa and a desk by the windows.

TV layoutGet creative and utilize nooks and crannies

Challenge: An open living space with a lot of windows and no clear spot to place a TV.

Solve: Utilizing small nooks can be a great work-around for rooms with no obvious place for the TV. Rather than blocking a window, which can cause your TV to look backlit and block your view, try placing your TV in an otherwise un-utilized space, like this awkward nook under the staircase.

tv room layoutUse Your Attic loft as a TV room layout

Challenge: Sloped ceilings make this room an awkward shape with limited interior design options.

Solve: A living room or attic with sloped ceilings can be tricky because you don’t want to worry about bumping your head in the low clearance areas. However, this setup can also be great for a TV-viewing layout because it creates an intimate, tucked-in vibe for cuddling up with a movie! The best furniture layout is to place sofas up against the walls so they block off traffic under the low-clearance areas and provide plenty of seating.

tv viewing living roomUse a Sectional Sofa to Divide Open Living-Dining Spaces

Challenge: A living room that flows into the dining room and feels like one large, open space.

Solve: This room is tricky because you don’t want to block the glass wall of doors and windows and the other sides of the room are open into the dining area. We opted to mount the TV on the short wall, leaving space for a storage shelf below. The sectional sofa fits against the larger wall for easy TV-viewing and comfy seating galore. The sectional chaise also helps define the two distinct spaces and direct traffic flow through the house.

Make use of unexpected places

Challenge: With a fireplace on one wall and windows on the other… furniture options are limited.

Solve: This is a great design but it presents a TV-viewing layout quandary for sure. It makes sense to put a sofa against the long, open wall, which is perfect if you don’t need a TV and want to take advantage of the fireplace on the opposite wall. But what if you like having both? Use the small patch of real estate next to the fireplace to fit a petite console and TV. This furniture setup makes it easy to see the TV and enjoy the fireplace so you have options when you’re lounging in the living room!

Get creative with an open concept space

Challenge: An open living space with a split-level living/dining room and no clear spot to place a TV.

Solve: This area has lots of open space, but no obvious way to design a TV room layout. The best answer is to get creative with living room furniture placement! Place the sofa perpendicular to the dining room and facing the room’s only solid wall. This sneaky “floating” furniture layout hack lets you use the large wall as your TV mounting area and uses the back of the sofa to divide the room. That way you create a cozy living area with a dining room that overlooks it.

living room with a tvMount the TV above the fireplace

Challenge: You want to make your TV the focal point of the room, but a fireplace takes up the available wall.

Solve: Mounting the TV above the fireplace is the classic way to handle this situation and keep the TV front and center. Place the sofa or sectional facing toward the fireplace for the optimal TV viewing experience—you don’t want anyone to worry about neck cramps! You can also tuck a few other furniture items into the design to create multiple spaces. In this room, we created a cozy reading nook, so the TV isn’t the only focus.

Max out under TV storage

Challenge: A super small living room means storage space comes at a premium!

Solve: If your living room is on the smaller side, then you have to be pretty crafty with your design work. It’s great to have a TV in your living area so you’re not always watching on your laptop—but then you also want plenty of space to sit comfortably and also a coffee table and…well, a super tiny space can start to feel pretty cramped with only a few furniture items! You have to get crafty with small spaces, which is why we opted for a credenza against the wall space under the TV. It has plenty of room for storage and makes use of space that would otherwise remain empty!

Enjoy dinner and a movie

Challenge: Making an awkward long and narrow living room work as both a lounge space and dining area.

Solve: Rather than designing this room as one large living space, consider a furniture layout that breaks up the room into two distinct areas—a formal dining area and a more casual TV viewing space. A great way to visually separate the two “zones” is to use an area rug in the living room. That way the TV has its own distinct setup—it helps the two spaces feel connected, yet spacious and separate.

tv living roomTuck your TV to the side

Challenge: You like having your fireplace as the focal point of the room, but also want to include a TV for now-and-then viewing.

Solve: Sometimes you just don’t want a big TV stealing all the attention in your living room but you don’t mind having one for occasional use. Good news: mounting it above the fireplace doesn’t have to be your only option! Place a credenza or media stand next to your fireplace to display your TV. It won’t be the main focus of the room, but it is still easy to see from the sofa. And when you’re not interested in screen time, you still have your cozy fireplace as the main focal point.

tv room layoutMaximize your layout potential

Challenge: Finding a layout that allows you to enjoy the fireplace AND watch TV—all without straining your neck.

Solve: Instead of facing your sofa towards the fireplace, try arranging it perpendicular to the fireplace. This makes for a great conversational area centered around the fire so TV is not the main show. We like to think of swivel chairs as the equivalent of dresses with pockets—they can pretty much do it all. When you’re ready to watch TV, the chairs can swivel around to the screen and pivot back to the sofa as needed. The sofa also faces the TV, which is tucked out of the way against the opposite wall.

Use what you’ve got!

Challenge: Huge, open living spaces are a conundrum all on their own—but this one ups the ante with floor-to-ceiling windows on all walls!

Solve: If you’re scratching your head wondering what to do with a space like this, you’re not alone! We usually arrange sofas with the back to the wall and devote another full wall to the TV, but that’s not an option here. Instead, we floated a large, 3-piece sectional in the center of the room to help anchor the space and create a distinct TV-viewing area. We used the one small strip of wall available to mount the TV right across from the sofa so you have a great view of the screen. A large area rug helps divide the room, too, and create a dedicated section as the living room.

 

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