To solve both those issues, I decided to hide the TV behind the fabric art, and put the DVD player on a folding shelf. Now, when I'm just hanging out in the living room, I don't have to look at the boring black boxes. This is custom, and will depend on the clearances and ceiling height that you have, but I hope it provides some ideas!
There are some restrictions that I had to take into account:
- There’s a house rabbit running loose in this room. He likes chewing anything rubbery that’s less than 24” high (such as wires).
- Any sort of furniture against this wall will inevitably get a knee bashed into it, and could also block the upstairs cold air return.
- There’s a thermostat on the wall that I don’t want to move or cover.
- The couch and work table in the room determine what viewing angles the TV needs to be capable of.
- The furnace chimney runs behind the wall, so a recessed cubby isn’t an option.
- TV is mounted to the wall on an extendable arm (purchased with the TV).
- Fabric art is on a two-hinge and slider contraption to allow it to cover the TV or rest back against the wall. This way, I never have to find a place to put the art that's safe from the rabbit.
- DVD player is inside fold-down shelf attached to the wall.
- All power cables and the DVD's HDMI cable are inside paintable wall-mounted conduits.
- Surge protector is on the wall behind the TV.
- Attach a magnet to the fabric art frame, and hide one inside the drywall so that the art is less likely to fall forward
- Optimize the conduit arrangement for the cables
- Get around to painting things, and put a nicer fabric on the back of the red flowers
- Come up with a method that shorter people can use