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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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