Wall-mounting flat screen televisions without the need for a wall or a stand

Along the lines of last week’s post praising the “no wall-mounting necessary” versatility of the new Elfa Freestanding system, I want to discuss similar systems for flat screen televisions.

The first one I found was at Crate and Barrel, which they call the Loop Media Center (pictured) for $600:

“Install your flat screen TV on our clever plasma panel rather than drilling into your walls. Four recessed cubbies along each side hide up to 48 DVDs.”

Target has a similar Platinum Entertainment Center model for a hundred less than the Loop in a blonde veneer.

And, for $1,200 (ouch!), Pottery Barn has the Caleb Flat-Panel TV Stand.

If you’re interested in mounting your flat screen television without the use of a wall or a television stand, then hopefully these options will get your search headed in the right direction.

20 Comments for “Wall-mounting flat screen televisions without the need for a wall or a stand”

  1. posted by Mandy on

    There’s a safety issue involved with free-standing flat screen TVs, especially the larger ones. There was an incident a few months ago where a toddler managed to pull a 42″ free-standing flat screen TV over on himself, crushing him badly. The last I had heard from my mother, a nurse in the area, he was still in a coma. Consider wall mounting flat screen TVs in such a way that kids cannot pull them onto themselves and incur such horrible trauma.

  2. posted by Kris on

    I love this idea for homes with no children. It’s fabulous. We have two flat screen tvs .. one is wall mounted in our living room with a cabinet over it so it’s not so obtrusive when not in use (the cabinet is wall mounted as well) and the other is on a stand on a low table in rec room. Eventually that’ll be mounted on the wall next to our bar.

    We are, however, looking for something like what you’ve posted for our master bedroom I like it alot .. I like the way it looks more than anything else. We’d end up attaching the cabinet to the wall anyway, because we have two small boys.

    This is a great idea in the right household.

  3. posted by Louise on

    Nice clean lines on that piece. A big uncluttering advantage of using an entertainment center is that it hides the cords. Unless you drill through your wall and feed the wiress back behind the wall, a wall-mounted TV’s cables will always show.

    Funny how the advertising photos never show cords…

  4. posted by Cyrano on

    Mandy – not sure if this is what you were implying, but the item picture above isn’t really free standing as much as it is mounted to a large entertainment center. It’s doubtful it is any more likely it would fall on anyone than from a wall.

  5. posted by Chris on

    Good post. I also highly recommend the audio/video furniture from Salamander Designs. Extremely customizeable with many options for mounting the televisions to the furniture.

  6. posted by verily on

    The Target version is actually more expensive because you have to buy the console and then purchase the support panel. $750 in all.

    I’ve been avoiding purchasing a flat panel LCD for this very reason. I wouldn’t be able to have one without mounting it or placing it in a cabinet. I rent, so installing it on the wall would be out of the question. The added cost of that new entertainment center in addition to the TV would make the whole thing cost prohibitive. Guess my 26″ CRT stays for now.

  7. posted by DS on

    Wonder if there is something at Ikea that could be used to “make” something similar for cheap.

  8. posted by Tim on

    Ikea does have the Expedit TV Storage unit that you can mount a flat panel TV http://www.ikea.com/us/en/cata.....s/70103090

  9. posted by Kami on

    It seems like this idea would work well in getting rid of the annoying stand and the wall mounting

  10. posted by Artie Kuhn on

    We just bought a projector. It’s even better. The newer ones don’t even need a screen, just projects right onto our tan wall and automatically color corrects the image to white. When it’s off, there’s nothing there. Pretty great.

  11. posted by Greer on

    Why not get a piece of plywood and a few brackets, and mount the plywood vertically to the wall, leaving a gap of a few inches? Then mount the flat screen on the plywood. You can cut holes in the plywood behind the tv to feed/hide the wires. You can paint the plywood the same color as the wall, or any other color, cover it in fabric…paper…veneer…any number of design options.

    I’m envisioning some kind of low cabinet to hold a cable box, dvd player and dvds, etc., with the plywood panel tucked behind it. I think it’s a solution that offers a lot of flexibility.

  12. posted by Evan on

    Maybe I’m juust not the smartest but I bought and assembled the Crate and Barrel Loop Media Center but have no idea how the TV is actually mounted without drilling through the piece?

    Any body have a thought? Thanks much.

  13. posted by Scott on

    We had the same thought, we just assembled the media center, and went out and bought a wall mount at Target. It says to drill 2.5″ deep into a wall stud only. The thickness of the Loop stand is less than 1 inch.

    We are wary of just drilling away if there is a better option.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  14. posted by Chris on

    We purchased the Loop as well, and I knew we had to mount the wall mount to the furniture by drilling into the back panel. However, I did not anticipate the amount of trouble in getting answers on what type of hardware to use from wall mount manufacturers, Crate & Barrel, et al. At the end of an arduous journey of research via internet, phone, etc. the result was more obvious than expected. The furniture is rated to hold 250 pounds. Simply purchase a wall mount compatible with your TV and to mount it, use nuts and bolts instead of screws, sinkers, etc. The Sony rep (I bought a 46″ XBR4 from abesofmaine.com) advised me of this solution due to the thickness of the funiture panel and the resulting risk of wood screws not holding very well over time. I am going to Home Depot to confirm. The wall mount I selected is the Peerless SF660P (black). I selected this mount as it has a hole in the center of the wall bracket that I plan on aligning with the hole in the media center panel for a cable pass-through. I hope this is helpful. I will follow up if Home Depot or another handyman type advises me otherwise. The wall mount companies are very cautious about giving directions on “alternate” mounting techniques as they do not want any liability for the untested use of their product. With the sheer number of furniture pieces similar to the Loop, I’m shocked that the mount companies have not adapted yet.

  15. posted by Andrew Wirtanen on

    I own a Loop Media Center as well. I haven’t purchased an HDTV yet (I will probably get a Vizio 42LF or 47LF). On Avsforum, a guy swore by the Toggler anchor system (http://www.toggler.com/product.....ation.html) and used 8 of the 1/4 X 2-1/2 size.

    I was wondering about the cable pass-through, but I have since found a lot of mounts that have open backs, including models by Invisamount and Mustang on Costco’s website.

    Chris, how big is the hole on the Peerless mount and how did everything work out for you?

  16. posted by Erik Mallinson on

    We purchased the Loop Media Center last night (after thinking about it for 6 months) and were quite disappointed with the back panel. We knew we would have to get the mounting hardware but didn’t think we’d need to damage the piece. It’s a tough situation because if you drill into the piece you bought it with no chance of return.

    We were also disappointed that we still had to sink a wall anchor in to secure the media stand to the wall – something that we can’t do in our shoddily walled apartment.

    We decided to return the back panel and keep the bottom part. It’s more versatile – we can move it to other parts of the room or use it in other rooms. Really though at that point it’s just like most other media stands. There are some others we like more but we’re keeping it because it’s too much of a hassle to take apart and return.

  17. posted by Shea on

    West elm also has one that looks like it might work.


  18. posted by lise warren on

    I’ve the same dilemma – how to hide the flat screen and all the stuff that comes with it. This time, I’m going to find the storage first and spend what I’ve left on the tv. So far, Ikea seems to be the most reasonable with two systems I think are decent – Stiby (new),and my favorite, the smaller Best-Inreda system with sliding doors. I think this one may accomodate stereo speakers too.

  19. posted by richlenn on

    Here’s a unique way to hide the plasma tv, flat screen tv or flat panel tv … behind framed artwork that rolls up neatly and quietly with the push of a remote control button, then rolls down with another click to neatly hide that tv. There is a large choice of frames, and hundreds of prints, and you can even send you own print/photo for a truly customized system. Different sizes are available to fit a variety of tv sizes.

  20. posted by Rob on

    LCD Cabinet makes a cool product for concealing a flat panel television. It’s a big, modern mirror, but it’s remote controlled and motorized. You push the remote control button and the mirror glides out of the way to reveal the television. It looks pretty cool.

    LCD TV Cabinet

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