Saving space with a wall-mounted TV and DVD collection

Saving space with a wall-mounted TV and DVD collection

Rob and I are always looking for ways to save space in our tiny house, and we recently decided to wall-mount our TV.

We also wanted to put our DVD player and DVD collection on the wall as well to maximize our space savings.

I've been pondering how to do this for a long time, and finally had a eureka moment when I borrowed ... OK, stole ... a large vintage milk crate from my parents' garden shed. Seeing this photo on Pinterest made me realize the crate could work for our purposes. Plus, the previous owner of our house left a bunch of smaller behind when I bought the house.

I love saving space, but it's even better when it doesn't cost anything. And the crates are pretty visually light, so they don't seem too bulky.

To put up the crates, Rob used anchors we already had to attach them to the wall. A word of advice: if you're like us and like to attach a lot of heavy items to your walls, invest in the biggest variety box of anchors you can find. I love the fact that when I want to put something on the wall right. now. (I'm not patient) we don't have to run to the store first.

We planned to use this tutorial to easily mount our TV - until we realized that our TV didn't have any screws on the back to easily attach it to the wall. Instead, we found a mirror in the basement that fit perfectly on top of largest vintage crate. It levels the top out enough that we could just put the TV stand on top. It's nestled in a corner next to a doorway, so we don't have to worry about bumping the TV. It hasn't so much as wobbled in the couple of weeks since we finished the project.

Because everything's now on the wall, our living room feels like we got an addition. It's great and I think it looks good, too.

If anyone has suggestions on how we can hide all our cords, though, I'm all ears.

(You can't see it well in the photo, but on our new shelves, Rob's season 4 of "The Simpsons" is next to my "Pride and Prejudice" movie, and my "Sound of Music" DVD is next to his season 1 of "Family Guy." That's us in a nutshell.)


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DenaS wrote on December 03, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Your house is old enough to have plaster-lathe walls instead of sheetrock, right? (So is mine.) So the sheetrock cheat (drill a hole top and bottom, drop the cords through the gap in the wall, cover holes with wall plates) doesn't work as well with plaster-lathe because there's more inside the walls for the cords to get hung up on on the way down.

The theater techie in me says to get a slender pipe (either metal or PVC), paint it to match your wall, and drill holes at the right heights to feed your cords into, then let the pipe's paint job blend into the wall?

I know there are more official-looking (and more expensive) ways of doing it, but the expensive options basically boil down to "plastic or metal channel attached to the wall" which is in essence a square or rectangular pipe... :D

Meg Dickinson wrote on December 05, 2011 at 8:12 am
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Yes, we have plaster walls. Thanks for the suggestion!

Sandy wrote on December 04, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Technically the "right" way to do it is to put the cords behind the wall. You can also buy conduit to cover the cords. This is applied onto the wall on top of the cord. You can't hide it, and it isn't pretty.

I've always opted to put the electronics either on top of furniture or inside an armoire, both of which hide cords and look attractive. If your player fits in a milk crate it will also fit on furniture the same depth and won't take up any more space. If you paint furniture to match your wall, it will have no more visual weight than the milk crates. Consider that you can't change the color of the player or the dvds. They will always stand out against a white wall, even if the shelf blends right in. For this reason it sometimes works better to go darker with wall color or use wallpaper you love to create an accent wall.

If you can sacrifice some depth, you could use an old dresser. Keep the dvds in drawers and the lack of visual clutter will make the space seem bigger. Bonus to the dresser idea: you can put a power bar in a drawer, saw a hole in the back of the piece using a small circular saw for the cord to pass through, and you'll have a hidden charging station for your cell phone, etc. (and storage for your dvds and a place to rest your player and the cords will be hidden).

If you want to keep the milk crates, how about putting your player on top and the dvds below? There's a lot of wasted space in the big crate. You could use only the big crate or ditch it and use the two small crates right next to each other, which would give more room for your player.

Meg Dickinson wrote on December 05, 2011 at 8:12 am
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Wow, those are several great ideas. Thanks!