A hidden home theater offers a less cluttered aesthetic and a cleaner design for your New York City home
While your home theater delivers impressive visuals and sound, its components most likely weren’t made with your home’s interior design in mind. We’re a long way from the era of massive tube TVs, and high-end speakers are made with obvious attention to detail, but they still dominate a room when you’re not actively using them.
You don’t have to choose between a sophisticated interior design and a high-performance home theater. With the right equipment and the right integrator, it’s easy to hide your TV, speakers and other components and help them blend in with the rest of the room’s decor. Here’s how you can build a hidden home theater in your New York City home.
HIDING YOUR TV
Whether you use a projector screen or a traditional TV, its size often makes it the most challenging element of your home theater to hide. There’s an obvious solution if you use a projector: just roll up the screen. If you’d prefer a more traditional display that’s been designed for concealment, LG’s Signature OLED TV R9 features a screen that descends into the base.
Don’t fret if neither of these options fits your situation; you still have other tools at your disposal. One approach is to make your display resemble a piece of art on your wall. If you’re the DIY type, try adding a decorative frame around the edge of the screen. Then you can set your TV to show personal photos or artwork when the screen is idle. Frame My TV, Seura and other brands make displays that look like a mirror or piece of art on the wall until you turn them on.
As a last resort, you can use wall panels or specially made furniture to hide your gear. Either option requires special furniture or alterations to your walls. If you opt this method, we can help you make it happen.
HIDING YOUR SPEAKERS
Given that high-end speakers can be large and cumbersome, the best way to conceal them is to switch to speakers mounted in your walls or ceiling. In-wall and in-ceiling speakers still deliver excellent sound – and mounting them flush with the wall or ceiling surface renders them effectively invisible.
One factor to keep in mind when installing hidden speakers is the wiring. You’ll need to run wires from your amplifier or receiver to your speakers through the walls. Wiring of this nature isn’t too big a deal if you’re building a new home, but it can present challenges during a renovation. Another important note: your subwoofer will still need to be placed on the floor somewhere, but it can go in an out-of-the-way corner since bass tones are omnidirectional.
HIDING OTHER EQUIPMENT
Your display and your speakers are out of the way, so now what? The largest remaining component of your home theater is likely your receiver or amplifier. Storing your amp or receiver in a utility closet gets it out of sight and makes it easier for technicians to make improvements or repairs.
Make your home theater into a place where you can do more than just watch your favorite movies or shows. To learn more about our hidden home theater systems, call us at (914) 765-0461 or fill out our online contact form. You can also leave a message in the chat box at the bottom of your browser. We’d love to hear from you!