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Old 02-02-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default Room design help needed, where to put my cable box and speakers

After finishing my kitchen in my house, we have a little den next to the kitchen that we are using more and more because it is where the fireplace is. Problem is that I have a TV above the fireplace but cant find a spot to put my cable box, xbox 360 and sonos unit.

Right now they are staged on an end table in the corner of the room but I want to put a chair in that corner.

My current 2 thoughts are:

1. Build a box above the TV that runs the length of the TV and paint it the color of the ceiling. There is about 7 inches above the TV.

2. Build shelves in the corner(they would partially block the window.

To the right of the TV is the back door to the patio.

I also want to put speakers on the wall to the left and right of the TV. If you guys know of any good looking slim speakers that I could hang on the wall let me know.

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Old 02-02-2010, 11:27 PM   #2
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I think you have too much furniture in that room.
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:29 PM   #3
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I think you have too much furniture in that room.
That chair in the corner isn't permanent, its just hanging out there for now, once I figure the room out it is going back in the basement. Other than that, there is a large loveseat and 2 small ottomans which also serve as the coffee table.
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:30 PM   #4
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I don't know what a Sonos unit is. But, Mount your L/R from the ceiling. Looks like room on the mantle for your Center. Of course, Run one HDMI cable from your receiver to the TV and it doen't matter where any of that other stuff goes in the room.
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:38 PM   #5
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I don't know what a Sonos unit is. But, Mount your L/R from the ceiling. Looks like room on the mantle for your Center. Of course, Run one HDMI cable from your receiver to the TV and it doen't matter where any of that other stuff goes in the room.
Thanks, didn't think of the LR from the bulkhead there.

My biggest issue is finding a spot for the equipment in the room. The sonos unit is just a small box which is a wireless speaker system that allows me to play music from my computer in multiple 'zones' (also plays napster, pandora, internet radio).

With the cable box being 17 inches wide I cant recess it into the wall between studs.
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is ditching the cable box and getting a cable card an option?
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:19 AM   #7
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is ditching the cable box and getting a cable card an option?
Not for that TV and I would still have the 360 which I use on that TV a lot.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:34 AM   #8
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I would build a small little box that would hold everything in the corner, left of the tv. I would make the box look hidden and then run a single hdmi cable along the fireplace trim or hack into the wall and hide the cables there. For the power cable for the tv I would rewire a wall socket right behind the tv.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:35 AM   #9
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^ that means you would have to get a receiver or an hdmi selector also.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:24 AM   #10
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I would build a small little box that would hold everything in the corner, left of the tv. I would make the box look hidden and then run a single hdmi cable along the fireplace trim or hack into the wall and hide the cables there. For the power cable for the tv I would rewire a wall socket right behind the tv.
I forgot to add, the TV power and Cable outlet are directly behind the TV right now.

The lower left of the TV really is the only 'hidden' spot but it comes with the problem of blocking the corner.

Right now I know there would be at least 3 cables run to/from the TV (this is without a receiver).

Coax from behind TV -> Cable Box
Cable Box HDMI -> TV
360 HDML ->

I could try to hide the cables in the wall but because of the window and fireplace there are extra studs there which we had to notch to get the cable outlet where it is.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:26 AM   #11
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you could do what my stepdad did with his setup:

mount tv above fireplace
buy small floor cabinet
run cables through wall to/from components

studs suck
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:34 PM   #12
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You could get an IR repeater and hide all the cable box stuff in another room or closet? I'm not sure how feasible this is but it is an option.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:42 PM   #13
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You could get an IR repeater and hide all the cable box stuff in another room or closet? I'm not sure how feasible this is but it is an option.
This. The GFs dad has all his equipment in cabinets. They are just little sensors that go over where the signal comes in and plug into a box. Then you just put one on the outside. Voila!

Warning: could be expensive but a very clean solution/install.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:49 PM   #14
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How about this:

That footrest thing you have - is it something you can open? If so, put all your stuff in there, put a glass panel on the front for the remote controls, maybe put in some vents for heat control. Put an electrical outlet in the floor or run a power cord under your rug. Drill a hole in the floor and run the HDMI & coax under the house and back up to the TV?

The drawback is that you would have to be sitting at the couch for the remote controls to work, unless you got something RF.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:56 PM   #15
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You could get an IR repeater and hide all the cable box stuff in another room or closet? I'm not sure how feasible this is but it is an option.
Damn I like this idea but I am looking around the room to see where I would put the boxes. I guess I could theoretically put them with the boxes in the other adjacent room and run the wires through the basement.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:57 PM   #16
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How about this:

That footrest thing you have - is it something you can open? If so, put all your stuff in there, put a glass panel on the front for the remote controls, maybe put in some vents for heat control. Put an electrical outlet in the floor or run a power cord under your rug. Drill a hole in the floor and run the HDMI & coax under the house and back up to the TV?

The drawback is that you would have to be sitting at the couch for the remote controls to work, unless you got something RF.
I like the idea but they don't open, we also move them out of the way a lot to sit in front of the fire.

The wife's 2 ideas are still to make the box above the TV or a small box just below the window sill to the left of the fireplace.
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if you want a truly professional opinion, you need to post floor plans

or use ms paint or something to draw out the layout of the room.

important stuff to note:

length of the walls
location of outlets
location of doors
location of windows

is there an existing cable run in the room?
fireplace?



personally, I hate set ups that force you to walk in front of the screen when you enter the room.

I prefer the movie theater set up where you come in from the rear, (doesn't everyone? :wink: wink
so that newcomers to the party do not disturb people already enjoying the show.
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The only other thing I can think of would be to make a box that is as wide as your three components, so about (what?) 3' wide, 6" deep, and 18" tall. Then mount all three components into the box. Then mount that to the wall behind the TV, and mount the TV to the box. Put a little mirror on the mantle at a 45 degree angle for the remote controls. Then all your equipment is mounted up behind the TV.

If you wanted to get really wild, make a whole fake wall above the mantle so the TV is flush mounted in the "wall" and the components faced out towards the sides.

Or something.

The only issues might be the heat from the fireplace and difficulty loading games/discs.
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I also want to put speakers on the wall to the left and right of the TV. If you guys know of any good looking slim speakers that I could hang on the wall let me know.
How much space do you have to work with there?

If its a small spot, I would go with these (depending on your color pref):

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...energy-rc-mini
http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/it...energy-rc-mini

Kickass speakers for the price and size. If you have a bit more room, I would move up to the RC-10's.

As for the other stuff, I gost nothin.
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if you want a truly professional opinion, you need to post floor plans

or use ms paint or something to draw out the layout of the room.

important stuff to note:

length of the walls
location of outlets
location of doors
location of windows

is there an existing cable run in the room?
fireplace?



personally, I hate set ups that force you to walk in front of the screen when you enter the room.

I prefer the movie theater set up where you come in from the rear, (doesn't everyone? :wink: wink
so that newcomers to the party do not disturb people already enjoying the show.
Quick drawing... use the photos to get the idea of the fireplace/mantle area.




This is not the theater room, there is a 'family' room through the french doors with another 52" TV, a big corner couch and sound bar(wife wont let me run wires in there). I have 2 360's, a PS3 and a Wii in this house and right now I play my 360 on the TV in this room.

In addition, I have basement contractors coming this week to give me an estimate and ultimately will have a 80-100" screen in the basement.

But, as I am sure you all know, people LOVE to congregate and hang out in the kitchen area, so this is the area where we hang out, eat, drink and watch TV.
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okay, so then you want the tv viewable from the dining table/area?

the two chairs facing away from the couch, is that where everyone eats?

what do you think of using a smaller LCD screen mounted opposite the end of the dining table? (it would be displaying whatever is on the larger screen in the congregation area)
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Wow, I am having the exact same problem as you. Identical layout. TV, window, door, fireplace, all in the same locations at seemingly the same distance. Electric is behind the TV and I'm running a single HDMI cable from the cable box which is at the moment on the floor to the left of the fireplace with my ps3. I also have a Wii that needs a home that is currently sitting on the mantle.

I've looked for a small TV stand to put under the window just to help organize everything without any luck, and have even considered a small corner TV stand to put under the window. No luck there either.

I'm interested in seeing what you come up with.
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okay, so then you want the tv viewable from the dining table/area?

the two chairs facing away from the couch, is that where everyone eats?

what do you think of using a smaller LCD screen mounted opposite the end of the dining table? (it would be displaying whatever is on the larger screen in the congregation area)
The 2 chairs (actually 3 there in real life) is a bar height counter that the three of us sit to eat dinner at (or just on the couch). The large screen is mounted on a slim mount so including the screen it is about 4" from the wall at the screen. We can see it easily from all around and sometimes people will rotate the stools around.

The biggest issue here is where to put the multiple boxes and a/v components. I am thinking that the box in the corner or above the TV are the only options I have unless I run a remote setup.
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The only other thing I can think of would be to make a box that is as wide as your three components, so about (what?) 3' wide, 6" deep, and 18" tall. Then mount all three components into the box. Then mount that to the wall behind the TV, and mount the TV to the box. Put a little mirror on the mantle at a 45 degree angle for the remote controls. Then all your equipment is mounted up behind the TV.

If you wanted to get really wild, make a whole fake wall above the mantle so the TV is flush mounted in the "wall" and the components faced out towards the sides.

Or something.

The only issues might be the heat from the fireplace and difficulty loading games/discs.
I like these ideas, I will have to look closely to see how well it might work.
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The only other thing I can think of is to halfway flush mount the equipment. Cut a hole in the wall, seal it, then put your equipment "stuck" halfway into the wall. The trick here would be to put them on the sides of your TV, vertically, so you don't have to cut any studs. It might even look like they were floating and you could tell people its modern art.

Or drunk art. Whatever.
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